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‘Pirates’ tops MTV Movie award nominees

Award categories include best kiss, best villain and best dance sequence, best on-screen team.
/ Source: The Associated Press

There’s no aarrgg-uing: “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl” collected a leading six nominations for the MTV Movie Awards on Wednesday, including best movie and best on-screen team for co-stars Johnny Depp and Orlando Bloom.

Depp also was chosen for best male performance and comedic performance, while Geoffrey Rush’s performance as a skeletal buccaneer earned him a mention for best villain. Keira Knightley, the seafaring movie’s damsel in distress, was recognized among the breakthrough female nominees.

One surprise in the male performance category: Jim Caviezel collected a nomination for his role as Jesus in Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ,” the film’s only MTV bid. Other nominees: Bill Murray for “Lost in Translation,” Tom Cruise for “The Last Samurai” and Adam Sandler for “50 First Dates.”

Four nominations each went to the Sandler and Drew Barrymore comedy “50 First Dates” and the superhero sequel “X2: X-Men United.” Along with “Pirates,” both will compete with “Finding Nemo” and “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” for best movie.

Although the third installment of the blockbuster “Rings” trilogy swept the Oscars this year with 11 awards, it had only two MTV nominations — including best action sequence for the climactic Battle at Gondor scene.

The 13th annual MTV Movie Awards will be taped June 5 and broadcast on the music channel June 10.

The show is known for its mockery and parody of the movie industry, featuring satiric clips of top movies edited with jokes and irreverent categories such as best kiss, best villain and best fight sequence — although most of the contenders in those categories were relatively straightforward this year.

The “best digital character” award, which Gollum from “The Lord of the Rings” collected last year, was dropped this year.

Producers added a new category, best dance sequence: Ben Stiller and Jennifer Aniston’s hot salsa dance from “Along Came Polly” and Seann William Scott’s disco dance-off from “American Wedding” will compete against Steve Martin’s hip-hop moves from “Bringing Down the House,” the sexy burlesque revue of Drew Barrymore, Cameron Diaz and Lucy Liu from “Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle” and the street dancing of Omarion, Marques Houston and the Lil’ Saints Dance Crew from “You Got Served.”