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Video: RAW VIDEO: Stars Hit the Red Carpet for the MTV Movie Awards

'Avengers' director Joss Whedon accepts the golden popcorn trophy for Movie of the Year at the 2013 MTV Movie Awards. Photo by Kevork Djansezian, Getty Images.

CULVER CITY, Calif. -- For a reverential recap of the year's best movies, we have the Oscars. For a pop-infused, "Jersey Shore"-friendly take, we have the MTV Movie Awards.

Hosted by Rebel Wilson, the annual tongue-in-cheek awards show was held at Sony Pictures Studios on Sunday night, with the most popular popcorn fare toasted with -- what else? -- statuettes of the golden theater snack, as guests including presenters Adam Sandler, Amanda Seyfried, Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper, Chris Rock, Danny McBride, Kerry Washington, Ke$ha, Melissa McCarthy, Seth Rogen, Zac Efron, Henry Cavill and Brad Pitt assembled, ready for some roasting.

Wilson opened the show with her rendition of Miley Cyrus' "The Climb," which led to a medley that included Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' "Thrift Shop," Alicia Keys' "Girl on Fire" and Eminen's "Lose Yourself."

Brad Pitt ended it by presenting "The Avengers" the trophy for movie of the year at the end of the broadcast.

"This is obviously stuffier," joked "The Avengers" director Joss Whedon on the red carpet, in reference to the tonal difference in awards shows. "I've been to the Oscars once. It's a good time, but it's a different kind of pressure. This is just, like, it really is an honor to be nominated. Here, it isn't a question of 'Did we take out ads?' or 'Are we art?' or 'Is it OK that people laugh?'"

Whedon, whose "Avengers" also won the best-fight trophy, also shared some news on the next installment in the franchise: "I just finished the script ... I like my first draft, but I don't want anyone to see it yet."

The ubiquitous Kim Kardashian (prepping to introduce Selena Gomez's live performance of "Come & Get It") was there, too, draping her baby bump in black.

The event was pushed up from its usual summer slot this year, and Wilson, whose own year at the box office was nothing to shrug at, opened the show by reuniting with her "Pitch Perfect" cast.

"It's kind of a reunion of sorts," Brittany Snow said on the red carpet. Even though she said the group had been rehearsing for several days, she admitted to being nervous: "We've done it before for the film, but never in front of Brad Pitt."

Snow called Wilson "fearless," adding that "she really doesn't care about what people think of her."

Chloe Grace Moretz said of Wilson: "She's just the coolest person you'll ever meet. You just want to be friends with her."

Wilson's fans know the star for her wide-eyed ability to send off even the raunchiest of jokes, and she didn't shy away from making fun of herself.

"They thought I was Adele," she joked during her opening monologue.

By Andrea Mandell, USA TODAY

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2013 VMA nominees, winners bolded (compiled by USA Today)

MOVIE OF THE YEAR:

- "The Avengers," directed by Joss Whedon

- "The Dark Knight Rises," directed by Christopher Nolan

- "Django Unchained," directed by Quentin Tarantino

- "Silver Linings Playbook," directed by David O. Russell

- "Ted," directed by Seth MacFarlane

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FEMALE PERFORMANCE:

- Anne Hathaway, "Les Miserables"

- Emma Watson, "The Perks of Being a Wallflower"

- Jennifer Lawrence, "Silver Linings Playbook"

- Mila Kunis, "Ted"

- Rebel Wilson, "Pitch Perfect"

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MALE PERFORMANCE:

- Ben Affleck, "Argo"

- Bradley Cooper, "Silver Linings Playbook"

- Channing Tatum, "Magic Mike"

- Daniel Day-Lewis, "Lincoln"

- Jamie Foxx, "Django Unchained"

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BEST HERO:

- Bilbo Baggins in "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey"

- Snow White, "Snow White and the Huntsman"

- Iron Man, "The Avengers"

- Batman, "The Dark Knight Rises"

- Catwoman, "The Dark Knight Rises"

- Hulk, The Avengers

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SHIRTLESS MOMENT:

- Channing Tatum, "Magic Mike"

- Christian Bale, "The Dark Knight Rises"

- Daniel Craig, "Skyfall"

- Seth MacFarlane, "Ted"

- Taylor Lautner, "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2"

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BEST KISS:

- Emma Watson and Logan Lerman, "The Perks of Being a Wallflower"

- Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper, "Silver Linings Playbook"

- Kara Hayward and Jared Gilman, "Moonrise Kingdom"

- Kerry Washington and Jamie Foxx, "Django Unchained"

- Mila Kunis and Mark Wahlberg, "Ted"

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BEST VILLAIN:

- Javier Bardem, "Skyfall"

- Leonardo DiCaprio, "Django Unchained"

- Marion Cotillard, "The Dark Knight Rises"

- Tom Hardy, "The Dark Knight Rises"

- Tom Hiddleston, "The Avengers"

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BEST FIGHT: 

- Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson and Jeremy Renner v. Tom Hiddleston, "The Avengers"

- Christian Bale v. Tom Hardy, "The Dark Knight Rises"

- Jamie Foxx v. Candieland henchmen in "Django Unchained"

- Daniel Craig v. Ola Rapace, "Skyfall"

- Mark Wahlberg v. Seth MacFarlane, "Ted"

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SHOCKING MOMENT: 

- Anna Camp, "Pitch Perfect"

- Denzel Washington, "Flight"

- Jamie Foxx and Samuel L. Jackson, "Django Unchained"

- Javier Bardem, "Skyfall"

- Seth MacFarlane, "Ted"

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SCARED CRAZY MOMENT:

- Alexandra, Daddario, "Texas Chainsaw 3D"

- Jennifer Lawrence, "House at the End of the Street"

- Jessica Chastain, "Zero Dark Thirty"

- Martin Freeman, "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey"

- Suraj Sharma, "Life of Pi"

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BREAKTHROUGH PERFORMANCE: 

- Eddie Redmayne, "Les Miserables"

- Ezra Miller, "The Perks of Being a Wallflower"

- Quvenzhane Wallis, "Beasts of the Southern Wild"

- Rebel Wilson, "Pitch Perfect"

- Suraj Sharma, "Life of Pi"

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ON-SCREEN DUO:

- Robert Downey Jr. and Mark Ruffalo, "The Avengers"

- Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis, "The Campaign"

- Leonardo DiCaprio and Samuel L. Jackson, "Django Unchained"

- Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence, "Silver Linings Playbook"

- Mark Wahlberg and Seth MacFarlane, "Ted"

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MUSICAL MOMENT: 

- Anne Hathaway, "Les Miserables"

- Channing Tatum, Matt Bomer, Joe Manganiello, Kevin Nash and Adam Rodriguez, "Magic Mike"

- Emma Watson, Logan Lerman and Ezra Miller, "The Perks of Being a Wallflower"

- Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Anna Camp, Brittany Snow, Alexis Knapp, Ester Dean and Hana Mae Lee, "Pitch Perfect"

- Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence, "Silver Linings Playbook"

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SPECIAL AWARDS:

Generation award: Jamie Foxx

Comedic genius: Will Ferrell

Trailblazer award: Emma Watson 

USA Today / Gannett

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