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Amy Shchumer shines as host of the 2015 MTV Movie Awards

By Mallika Rao
On April 23, 2015

The 2015 MTV Movie Awards brought the usual mix of controversy and celluloid popcorn entertainment to their 24th annual telecast. This year’s show was hosted by funny lady Amy Schumer, who is fresh off of the third season premiere of her hit Comedy Central show “Inside Amy Schumer” and has a highly anticipated Judd Apatow movie coming out called “Trainwreck.” Bringing her usual envelope-pushing sexual schtick to the show, she certainly did not disappoint, even if some of her jokes were cringeworthy.

From making reference about her “disappearing fingers” when describing the cast of “Magic Mike XXL”’s sex appeal to her delightfully dirty superhero alter ego, Schumer made many in the audience blush while delivering probably one of the most memorable monologues in MTV Movie Awards history.

Vin Diesel made a surprise appearance after the monologue ended to add some sentimental value by paying tribute to his beloved co-star Paul Walker in song. He performed a sweet and endearing rendition of Wiz Khalifa’s “See You Again,” which happens to be the theme song of “Furious 7.”

Shailene Woodley cleaned up nicely during the VMAs, as her film “The Fault in Our Stars” was a surprising winner for Best Movie and she claimed prizes for Best Female Performance in “TFIOS,” Best Kiss with co-star Ansel Elgort (who sadly was not present to accept the award alongside her), and the Trailblazer Award for her rapid rise in film. Her “The Spectacular Now” and “Divergent” series co-star Miles Teller presented the latter to Woodley, offering a poignant intro to his frequent co-star which highlighted her accomplishments not only in film but as an all-around positive force for good. Woodley herself encouraged viewers to be “pillars of their community” as she accepted the honor. 

Author John Green was on hand to accept the Best Movie honor for “TFIOS” on behalf of that film’s cast. “The Fault in Our Stars” was the surprise hit of last summer, making it all the more deserving of a prize that is typically rewarded to big budget action blockbusters such as the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy and “The Avengers.” The moving sentiments of love and acceptance that drove both the film and the bestselling book it was based on were reiterated by Green, who paid tribute to deceased cancer patient Esther Earl—the inspiration behind the novel. “Esther taught me that the lives of people who are living with illness or disabilities are as just as interesting and complicated and beautiful as everyone else’s lives,” he said. 

A great surprise came after Jennifer Lopez accepted her award for “Scared-as-[bleep] Performance” in “The Boy Next Door” and encouraged presenter Channing Tatum and his “Magic Mike XXL” co-stars to perform for her on behalf of women everywhere. Tatum happily obliged without his co-stars, but J.Lo declined his offer to dance alongside her, as she was wearing a sexy signature J.Lo minidress.

Former “Movie Awards” host Rebel Wilson was decidedly raunchier than this year’s host, delivering jokes about her “lady bits” I probably cannot repeat here while presenting Best Male Performance to Bradley Cooper for “American Sniper” alongside her “Pitch Perfect 2” co-stars. While Wilson is a brilliant comedic actress, it would have been a lot nicer to just see the cast of debut some new “aca-fabulous” tunes from their hotly anticipated sequel the for the audience. 

The cast of “Avengers: Age of Ultron” brought a clip from what is expected to be the first big blockbuster this summer, but also honored “Iron Man” himself with the Generation Award for his long career in film. A humbled Robert Downey Jr. broke away from his typically cocksure Tony Stark persona to shed light on his troubled past as he accepted the prestigious award.

All in all, this year’s MTV Movie Awards was one guaranteed not to forget. In a time where TV just seems to be clogged with a bunch of unnecessary awards shows, this one stood out. 

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