The MTV Movie Awards Make Sweeping Changes

New categories added, old categories retired, and a new voting committee all strive to bring the network an air of legitimacy.

William Bibbianiby William Bibbiani

There was a time when it felt like the MTV Movie Awards meant something. Not that they meant much, mind you, but the awards ceremony centered on populist entertainment generally ignored by the stuffy Academy, rewarding films like Se7en and Scream before it was fashionable. But as with all things "MTV," the ceremony has faced in recent years the public perception that instead of rewarding pop sensibilities it simply publicizes them. The network is attempting to put a stop to this mindset with a series of changes detailed at The Hollywood Reporter, but it may not be enough to stem the tide of judgment.

The biggest change affecting fans is in the categories themselves. There are five new voting categories at this year's MTV Movie Awards, replacing five old categories which will be retired. If you were looking forward to voting for "Best Villain," "Best Scared-As-Sh*t Performance," "Best Jaw-Dropping Moment," "Best Badass Star" or "Best Line from a Movie," you're out of luck. They didn't make the cut.

Replacing the categories are the following, "Best Music," "Best On-Screen Transformation," "Best Gut-Wrenching Performance," "Best Cast" and "Best On-Screen Dirt Bag." 

How, exactly, does replacing a reasonable category like "Best Villain" with the awkwardly-phrased "Best On-Sceen Dirt Bag" increase the ceremony's respectability? That's an excellent question for which there is no reasonable answer.

The other big change to the MTV Movie Awards is that the ceremony has added an "academy" of industry insiders – directors, actors, producers and agents – to vote on the actual nominees. Which of course begs the question of who was selecting the nominees before this. Also raising eyebrows is the fact that the nominated committee is being kept completely secret. The primary goal of this new "academy" is to broaden the material nominated by the MTV Movie Awards, but we won't see how that actually goes until this year's nominees are announced on May 1. We'll reserve judgment until then, but despite their efforts, this all just seems like more of the same to us.