MTV has announced the 12 nomination categories for the “2012 MTV Movie Awards” which contains five all-new awards including “Best Music,” “Best On-Screen Transformation,” “Best Gut-Wrenching Performance,” “Best Cast,” “Best On-Screen Dirt Bag,” as well as “Best Breakthrough Performance” that will be awarded solely by a special Academy of outstanding directors.

Nominees will be announced on Tuesday, May 1st with winner voting opening to fans that day through Saturday, June 2nd via MovieAwards.MTV.com. As in previous years the category of “Movie of the Year” will remain an ongoing battle throughout the live show when the 21st annual “2012 MTV Movie Awards” air on Sunday, June 3rd at 9 pm ET/PT on MTV from the Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City, California.

Also announced today, chart-topping indie-pop group FUN will rock the stage at the “2012 MTV Movie Awards” with a performance toasting the greatest party films of all time. “We Are Young (feat. Janelle Monáe)” off their latest album “Some Nights” held strong at the #1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for the past six consecutive weeks.

“The Movie Awards will be a re-imagined celebration of the most popular films and performances from the past year,” said Stephen Friedman, President of MTV. “This year, we’ve overhauled categories and added a Breakthrough Performance award that will be chosen by some of the best directors in the world. We’re also making music a more central experience to the overall show creative, and are thrilled to announce fun. – a band that has already imprinted a new anthem on a generation – as our first musical moment.”

Once again, MTV fans will hold the “Power of the Popcorn” awards in their hands. This year’s brand new “Best Music” category will allow fans to vote for a specific movie moment when the perfect song played during the perfect scene.

In returning category favorites like “Movie of the Year,” will the final installment of “Harry Potter” bring home the crown or will the record-shattering “The Hunger Games” shake things up? Last year, Emma Stone took home the prize for “Best Comedic Performance” but could she receive a nomination for “Best Female Performance” for her role in “The Help?” One thing is for certain, it’s Hollywood’s wildest awards ceremony and anything can happen.

Categories for the “2012 MTV Movie Awards” include:


“Movie of the Year”
“Best Female Performance”
“Best Male Performance”
“Breakthrough Performance”
“Best Comedic Performance”
“Best Music”
“Best On-Screen Transformation”
“Best Gut-Wrenching Performance”
“Best Kiss”
"Best Fight”
“Best Cast”
“Best On-Screen Dirt Bag”

bold indicates new categories

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