Monday, June 04, 2012

Toddlers, Vanilla Ice and Johnny Depp at the MTV Movie Awards

MTV Movie Awards 2012

Sunday night's MTV Movie Awards offered plenty of bizarre moments -- Mark Wahlberg stopping the show when someone in the audience yelled a derogatory remark at his co-presenter, Mila Kunis, for example -- and it's always awesome to see the Black Keys live, made surreal by Johnny Depp on guitar and both Steven Tyler and Joe Perry ducking out of the way to let them play.

But some of the real strange stuff was in the audience, which Maria and I were able to attend on Sunday night. There was the "Toddlers and Tiaras" child, dressed sadly in full make up and blue taffeta dress -- and her stage mom commanding her to perform for complete strangers. There was Vanilla Ice standing in the aisle, taking out his camera phone and snapping a self portrait in front of the stage. (I thought Vanilla was banned from MTV after this moment when he trashed a studio.)

Also: The audience sat for most of the night, not feeling the Wiz Khalifa, for example. Yet it gave a standing ovation to Christopher Nolan when he stepped on stage to promote "The Dark Knight Returns." This MTV Movie Awards audience must be *hard core* Batman fans.

Russell Brand didn't do much heavy lifting as host -- a few racy jokes at the start, but that was about the last we saw of him. I'd have to say the highlight was Johnny Depp's appearance with the Black Keys -- followed by Kristen Stewart trying, awkwardly, to be funny.

Some pics snapped at the event:

MTV Movie Awards 2012

Russell Brand opens the show, works in multiple Michael Fassbender penis references.

MTV Movie Awards 2012

fun. performs their springtime anthem "We Are Young" with Janelle Monae.

MTV Movie Awards 2012

Wiz Khalifa with the advice of the night: "Work Hard. Play Hard." Wiz, you might just have a future as a copywriter for Nike.

MTV Movie Awards 2012

Johnny Depp rocks with the Black Keys. Too bad he didn't do this in full "Dark Shadows" costume.

MTV Movie Awards 2012

"The Dark Knight" stars on stage to premiere a new trailer for the film -- which looks awesome, and as a bonus, it looks like a scene was shot in downtown Los Angeles' Union Station!

MTV Movie Awards 2012

"Spider-Man" stars hit the stage too, to lots and lots of laser beams.

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