Twilight, Slumdog Millionaire top MTV Movie Awards nominations

MUMBAI: The hit films Twilight and Slumdog Millionaire get ready to battle it out as MTV: Music Television announces this year’s final nominees for the 2009 MTV Movie Awards.

Pitting Hollywood vampires against the Mumbai slums, the movies’ rabid fans proved their loyalty as they sent both flicks to the head of the cinematic pack with each film receiving nominations in six award categories including Best Movie, Best Kiss, and Breakthrough Performance Male.

MTV will up the cinematic fun quotient this year by debuting the two new categories Best Song From A Movie and Best WTF Moment. Fans will get the chance to vote on such movie soundtrack as The Climb from Hannah Montana: The Movie as well as pick this year’s most jaw-dropping "WTF" movie moment that left audiences speechless such as the naked break-up scene in Forgetting Sarah Marshall.

The 18th annual awards show will be executive produced by Emmy Award winning producer Mark Burnett. Hosted by Andy Samberg, the 2009 MTV Movie Awards will be broadcast LIVE from the Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City, CA on 31 May.

"This is the first year we’ve put the nominee decisions in the hands of our audience. From Twilight to Slumdog — this year’s ceremony belongs to our most avid movie fans. Our viewers’ unending enthusiasm for the movies they love is why we’ve given them the platform to select the nominees for this year’s show," said MTV Networks Music, Logo and Films Group president Van Toffler.

The "2009 MTV Movie Awards" marks the first year in which the final nominees were decided on by the fans. From 4 – 27 May, viewers can visit MovieAwards.MTV.com to vote for their favorite film moments and actors but the category of Best Movie will be a fight to the end as voting for favorite film of the year will remain open throughout the LIVE show. MovieAwards.MTV.com is the official site for the "MTV Movie Awards" where fans can visit to vote and stay to check out show promos starring Andy Samberg and some of today’s hottest celebs, get up-to-date info and watch MTV News nominee interviews. During the voting window fans can also head over to facebook.com/mtv, myspace.com/mtv, Flixster and IMDB.com for a special "Movie Awards" social module that will enable them to cast their votes, take polls, watch promo videos, get special news and tweets about the show and special links to "Movie Awards" contests.

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