Comedies, frequently snubbed by award shows, will be front and centre at this year’s MTV Movie Awards.
The 40-Year Old Virgin and Wedding Crashers lead with five nominations each, MTV announced today. Both films will compete for best movie along with Batman Begins, King Kong and Sin City.
Virgin star Steve Carell is up for three awards, including best performance, best comedic performance and best on-screen team with Paul Rudd, Seth Rogen and Romany Malco.
Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn will also vie for best on-screen team for Wedding Crashers.
Both actors received nominations for best comedic performance.
Nominees for best kiss include Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger for Brokeback Mountain and Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie for Mr. & Mrs. Smith.
Crash, the Academy Awards best-picture winner, did not receive a nomination.
One of the more unlikely groups of nominees is for sexiest performance, a newly added category. Rob Schneider, star of Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo, competes with Beyonce Knowles, Jessica Alba, Jessica Simpson and Ziyi Zhang.
MTV has also added a category for best hero and will present an mtvU Student Filmmaker Award. For the first time, acting awards will not be divided by gender, and instead will be grouped under best performance.
A host and performers will be announced later.
The 2006 MTV Movie Awards will take place on June 3 at Sony Picture Studios in Culver City, California.