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Conan hosting MTV Movie Awards

Conan hosting MTV Movie Awards

HUNGRY LIKE THE 'WOLF:' Producer Riza Aziz (L-R), cast members Leonardo DiCaprio, Margot Robbie, Jonah Hill and producer Joey McFarland arrive for the U.K. Premiere of "The Wolf of Wall Street" at Leicester Square, in London. Photo: Reuters

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Comedian and late-night talk-show host Conan O’Brien will host this year’s MTV Movie Awards, the unbuttoned show that irreverently honors Hollywood’s best kisses and best fight scenes, the MTV network said on Wednesday.

It will be the first time that O’Brien, 50, has hosted the annual show, which will take place on April 13 at the Nokia Theatre in downtown Los Angeles and which serves as lead-in to the summer movie season.

“After eight years of intense negations, I am honored to announce I am hosting MTV’s second most prestigious awards show,” the flame-haired comedian quipped in a statement.

Nominations will be announced on Thursday. MTV, which is owned by Viacom Inc, said the show will also feature unseen clips from upcoming summer films.

O’Brien, the host of late-night talk show “Conan” on cable network TBS, is known for his oddball, youth-skewed humor, which marked a generational shift when he began a 16-year stint on NBC’s “Late Night” talk show in 1993.

The MTV Movie Awards offers a cheeky take on Hollywood’s usual black-tie and gown awards season by handing out golden, popcorn-shaped trophies in categories like “best villain” and “best gut-wrenching performance.”

The awards categories bestow honors to the year’s blockbuster hits likely to have been overlooked by industry stalwarts the Oscars and the Golden Globes.

Previous MTV Movie Awards hosts include actresses Lindsay Lohan and Rebel Wilson, and comedians Sarah Silverman and Jimmy Fallon.

‘HUSTLE’ AND ‘WOLF’ AMONG NOMINEES

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Comedian and late-night talk-show host Conan O’Brien will host this year’s MTV Movie Awards, the unbuttoned show that irreverently honors Hollywood’s best kisses and best fight scenes, the MTV network said on Wednesday.

It will be the first time that O’Brien, 50, has hosted the annual show, which will take place on April 13 at the Nokia Theatre in downtown Los Angeles and which serves as lead-in to the summer movie season.

“After eight years of intense negations, I am honored to announce I am hosting MTV’s second most prestigious awards show,” the flame-haired comedian quipped in a statement.

Nominations will be announced on Thursday. MTV, which is owned by Viacom Inc, said the show will also feature unseen clips from upcoming summer films.

O’Brien, the host of late-night talk show “Conan” on cable network TBS, is known for his oddball, youth-skewed humor, which marked a generational shift when he began a 16-year stint on NBC’s “Late Night” talk show in 1993.

The MTV Movie Awards offers a cheeky take on Hollywood’s usual black-tie and gown awards season by handing out golden, popcorn-shaped trophies in categories like “best villain” and “best gut-wrenching performance.”

The awards categories bestow honors to the year’s blockbuster hits likely to have been overlooked by industry stalwarts the Oscars and the Golden Globes.

Previous MTV Movie Awards hosts include actresses Lindsay Lohan and Rebel Wilson, and comedians Sarah Silverman and Jimmy Fallon.

Crime caper “American Hustle” and financial greed tale “The Wolf of Wall Street” each landed eight nominations for the MTV Movie Awards on Thursday, edging out dystopian saga “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” and comedy “We’re the Millers.”

“Hustle” and “Wolf,” which each went home from Sunday’s Oscars empty handed, will have a shot at redemption at the unbuttoned MTV event that hands out golden, popcorn-shaped trophies in categories like best kiss and best fight scene.

The fan-voted awards will be hosted by comedian Conan O’Brien at the Nokia Theatre in downtown Los Angeles on April 13 and televised on MTV, a unit of Viacom Inc.

“American Hustle” stars Amy Adams, Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper, who each picked up nominations in top acting categories while Adams and Christian Bale picked up a nod for best on-screen duo in the film.

Oscar best picture winner “12 Years a Slave” earned four nominations, while outer space thriller “Gravity” scored a single nod for Sandra Bullock as best actress, after winning seven Academy Awards, the most this year.

Nominees for best movie, the only category in which voting will continue during the broadcast, include “12 Years a Slave,” “American Hustle,” fantasy film “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” and “The Wolf of Wall Street.”

Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto, who both won Oscars for their performances in AIDS drama “Dallas Buyers Club,” earned nominations together for best on-screen duo and separately for best on-screen transformation.

The annual awards, which honor hit movies that might have been overlooked by the Oscars and Golden Globes, serve as a lead-in to the summer movie season and will include preview clips from would-be summertime Hollywood blockbusters.

This year’s odd-ball categories include best shirtless performance, best “#WTF moment,” and best cameo performance.

The 15-actor fight scene in comedy “Anchorman 2″ earned a nomination for best fight scene while Lawrence and Adams’ unscripted lip-lock in “American Hustle” picked up a nod in the best kiss category.

Former boy band the Backstreet Boys also scored a nomination for best musical moment in apocalyptic satire “This Is the End,” and octogenarian comic Joan Rivers notched a nomination for best cameo for her part in superhero blockbuster “Iron Man 3.”

(Reporting by Eric Kelsey; Editing by Mary Milliken and Richard Chang)

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