MTV Movie Awards Preview: Jason Sudeikis Hosts, 'Twilight' and 'Harry Potter' Battle for Top Spot

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Investors who took a risk in 2007 on the creation of independent studio Summit Entertainment now are reaping the rewards. The mini-major, flush with cash from its "Twilight" franchise, is closing $750 million in new financing.

"Inception," "Black Swan" and "The Social Network" also top the list of nominees.

The 2011 MTV Movie Awards are less than 24 hours away. Here are some things to look out for when Hollywood's biggest and brightest stars hit the red carpet at the Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City, CA.

Will Twilight reign supreme again?

Summit's vampire franchise has dominated the MTV Movie Awards in recent years, consistently drawing the most pre-show buzz and sweeping the major award categories.

For the second time in three years, a Twilight installment leads the nominations: Twilight Saga: Eclipse, with eight total nods. However, Inception and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 are close behind this year with seven and six nominations, respectively. Black Swan and The Social Network round out the Best Movie nominees.

Despite the solidarity shown by Twilight fans during the voting process, fans are divided when it comes to specific awards. One big question is whether Kristen Stewart will win Best Female Performance -- a category she topped for the first two Twilight films -- against stiff competition (Emma Stone, Emma Watson, Jennifer Aniston and Natalie Portman). Other people are more interested in seeing Twilight costars Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner face off for Best Male Performance and Best Kiss, which they both share with Stewart.

The rivalry between Twilight and Harry Potter is a hot topic of debate. Many years ago, the Potter franchise ruled the MTV Movie Awards with an iron fist, but the tide has now turned. After seven films, many question whether Potter has enough steam left to finish strong with Twilight and newcomer Inception hot on its tail.

See the full list of nominees.

Guest list

Saturday Night Live's Jason Sudeikis makes his debut as a host. He'll have his work cut out for him, as he'll not only have to moderate the insanity that goes down at the MTV Movie Awards every year, but also keep up with stars such as Daniel Radcliffe, Stewart, Lautner, Stone and Leighton Meester in his skits.

MTV has drawn up an impressive list of presenters as well, including Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively, Steve Carell, Aziz Ansari, Danny McBride, Jason Segel, Nicki Minaj, Ashton Kutcher, Cameron Diaz and Jesse Eisenberg. Pattinson will present the Generation Award, which honors the film industry's most prolific and versatile stars, to Water For Elephants costar Reese Witherspoon.

Musical guests include Lupe Fiasco and Trey Songz, who will perform two songs together, and the Foo Fighters.

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New footage, new faces, new awards

Fans will be treated to never-before-seen clips from a number of highly anticipated blockbusters throughout the night. J.J. Abrams and Steven Spielberg will appear with Elle Fanning and Joel Courtney to present an exclusive look at Super 8. Watson will present an exclusive look at final Potter film, while Stewart, Pattinson and Lautner will introduce a much-hyped first look at Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1.

On the TV side, the supernatural theme continues with another vampire series rumored to make an appearance during the ceremony: HBO's True Blood, which will likely debut a new trailer for its upcoming season 4 premiere. MTV's reboot of Teen Wolf will also premiere following the awards show.

Another point of interest is Justin Bieber's MTV Movie Awards debut. The teen pop star is up for Best Jaw-Dropping Moment for his performance spectacular in Never Say Never. He will compete against 127 Hours, Inception, Black Swan and Jackass 3D for a tub of Golden Popcorn.

MTV has also added a new category to the awards show this year: Best Line From a Movie. Nominees include Eisenberg's "If you guys were the inventors of Facebook, you'd have invented Facebook" from The Social Network and Tom Hardy's "You mustn't be afraid to dream a little bigger, darling" from Inception.


The MTV Movie Awards have been home to several unexpectedly outrageous moments in the past, including last year's famous kiss between Sandra Bullock and Scarlett Johansson. This year, the network has kept mum on any surprises it has plans. At the very least, expect Jim Carrey to light up the stage in a suit he made himself out of the "latest in nanotechnology."

The 2011 MTV Movie Awards air live Sunday on MTV at 9 p.m.