Adult Comedy Leads 2006 MTV Movie Award Nods

MTV: Music Television announced nominees for the 2006 MTV Movie Awards with two adult comedies 40-YEAR OLD VIRGIN and WEDDING CRASHERS, each receiving five nominations. Also vying for the spotlight are BATMAN BEGINS, HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE, HUSTLE & FLOW, SIN CITY and STAR WARS: EPISODE III REVENGE OF THE SITH with three nominations each. Filming June 3, 2006, at Sony Picture Studios in Culver City, California, the awards will premiere to audiences nationwide on Thursday, June 8, at 9:00 pm ET/PT on MTV.

MTV also announced it will cast for new categories of "Best Hero," "Sexiest Performance" and the "mtvU Student Filmmaker Award" for the first time ever. In addition, all of this year's categories, including "Best Performance," will make no distinction between male and female.

Fans can vote by visiting movieawards.mtv.com before May 19. Fans can also vote from their mobile phone by texting "MOVIEAWARDS" to 91757 to receive a ballot. Voting is also available by dialing toll free to 1-877-MTV-VOTE where fans can support their favorite nominees with a different category available for voting each day.

"This year's Movie Awards will be more than an awards show it's an experience completely inspired by the movies, and everything we love about them," said Christina Norman, president, MTV. "This year's cast of movies and stars are all deserving nominees, and there is no doubt this year's Movie Awards will in itself, be a movie to remember."

The complete list on nominees are: BEST MOVIE* THE 40-YEAR OLD VIRGIN (Universal Pictures)* BATMAN BEGINS (Warner Bros. Pictures)* KING KONG (Universal Pictures)* SIN CITY (Dimension Films)* WEDDING CRASHERS (New Line Cinema)

BEST PERFORMANCE* Joaquin Phoenix WALK THE LINE (20th Century Fox)* Jake Gyllenhaal BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN (Focus Features)* Rachel McAdams RED EYE (DreamWorks SKG)* Steve Carell THE 40-YEAR OLD VIRGIN (Universal Pictures)* Terrence Howard HUSTLE & FLOW (Paramount Classics)* Reese Witherspoon WALK THE LINE (20th Century Fox)

BEST COMEDIC PERFORMANCE* Owen Wilson WEDDING CRASHERS (New Line Cinema)* Adam Sandler THE LONGEST YARD (Paramount Pictures)* Steve Carell THE 40-YEAR OLD VIRGIN (Universal Pictures)* Tyler Perry TYLER PERRY'S MADEA'S FAMILY REUNION (Lions Gate Films)* Vince Vaughn WEDDING CRASHERS (New Line Cinema)

BEST ON-SCREEN TEAM* Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, Seth Rogen & Romany Malco THE 40-YEAR OLD VIRGIN (Universal Pictures)* Johnny Knoxville, Seann William Scott & Jessica Simpson THE DUKES OF HAZZARD (Warner Bros. Pictures)* Jessica Alba, Ioan Gruffudd, Chris Evans & Michael Chiklis FANTASTIC FOUR (20th Century Fox)* Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson & Rupert Grint HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE (Warner Bros. Pictures)* Vince Vaughn & Owen Wilson WEDDING CRASHERS (New Line Cinema)

BEST VILLAIN* Cillian Murphy BATMAN BEGINS (Warner Bros. Pictures)* Hayden Christensen STAR WARS: EPISODE III REVENGE OF THE SITH (20th Century Fox)* Ralph Fiennes HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE (Warner Bros. Pictures)* Tilda Swinton THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE (Disney Pictures)* Tobin Bell SAW II (Lions Gate Films)

BREAKTHROUGH PERFORMANCE* Andre "3000" Benjamin FOUR BROTHERS (Paramount Pictures)* Isla Fisher WEDDING CRASHERS (New Line Cinema)* Nelly THE LONGEST YARD (Paramount Pictures)* Jennifer Carpenter THE EXORCISM OF EMILY ROSE (Screen Gems)* Romany Malco THE 40-YEAR OLD VIRGIN (Universal Pictures)* Taraji P. Henson HUSTLE & FLOW (Paramount Classics)

BEST HERO* Christian Bale BATMAN BEGINS (Warner Bros. Pictures)* Jessica Alba FANTASTIC FOUR (20th Century Fox)* Daniel Radcliffe HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE (Warner Bros. Pictures)* Kate Beckinsale UNDERWORLD: EVOLUTION (Screen Gems)* Ewan McGregor STAR WARS: EPISODE III REVENGE OF THE SITH (20th Century Fox)

SEXIEST PERFORMANCE* Beyonce Knowles THE PINK PANTHER (Sony Pictures)* Jessica Alba SIN CITY (Dimension Films)* Jessica Simpson THE DUKES OF HAZZARD (Warner Bros. Pictures)* Ziyi Zhang MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA (Sony Pictures)* Rob Schneider DEUCE BIGALOW: EUROPEAN GIGOLO (Sony Pictures)

BEST FIGHT* Kong vs. The Planes KING KONG (Universal Pictures)* Stephen Chow vs. Axe Gang KUNG FU HUSTLE (Sony Pictures Classics)* Angelina Jolie vs. Brad Pitt MR. & MRS. SMITH (20th Century Fox)* Ewan McGregor vs. Hayden Christensen STAR WARS: EPISODE III REVENGE OF THE SITH (20th Century Fox)

BEST KISS* Jake Gyllenhaal & Heath Ledger BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN (Focus Features)* Taraji P. Henson & Terrence Howard HUSTLE & FLOW (Paramount Classics)* Anna Faris & Chris Marquette JUST FRIENDS (New Line Cinema)* Angelina Jolie & Brad Pitt MR. & MRS. SMITH (20th Century Fox)* Rosario Dawson & Clive Owen SIN CITY (Dimension Films)

BEST FRIGHTENED PERFORMANCE* Rachel Nichols THE AMITYVILLE HORROR (MGM)* Jennifer Carpenter THE EXORCISM OF EMILY ROSE (Screen Gems)* Derek Richardson HOSTEL (Lions Gate Films)* Paris Hilton HOUSE OF WAX (Warner Bros. Pictures)* Dakota Fanning WAR OF THE WORLDS (Paramount Pictures)

mtvU STUDENT FILMMAKER AWARD* Joshua Caldwell (Fordham University) A BEAUTIFUL LIE* Sean Mullin (Columbia University) SADIQ* Stephen Reedy (Diablo Valley College) UNDERCUT* Jarrett Slavin (University of Michigan) THE SPIRAL PROJECT* Landon Zakheim (Emerson College) THE FABULOUS FELIX MCCABE

Tenth Planet Productions will once again join MTV to produce the 2006 MTV MOVIE AWARDS. Joel Gallen will exec produce the show for the 12th consecutive year, and also direct the show. Salli Frattini is exec producer for MTV. Rick Austin is producer and Kathy Flynn will serve as event producer.

MTV Networks, a unit of Viacom, is one of the world's leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms.

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