The MTV Movie Awards have always been a tad... unconventional. The award itself is a golden tub of popcorn rather than a tasteful, graceful figurine.
And the award winners are usually popular stars promoting summer movies instead of gifted actors doing ground-breaking work.
Then there are the award categories. No boring "achievement in sound" here. Rather, MTV likes to award achievement in things that are unprintable in a family newspaper.
Best What the *$%# Moment. Best Scared as $#!% Performance. Biggest Bada$$ Star.
Never miss a local story.
You get the *&$% picture. Don't you?
The awards — which air at 8 p.m. today on MTV, cable Channel 36, are fun to watch because they always result in outrageous pop culture moments. They're also educational because they offer a crash course in the most relevant, talked-about movie stars and musicians of the moment.
Case in point: If you're still having trouble figuring out who the heck Justin Bieber is, you can spend your pre-awards show hours perusing promotional videos, one of which features the teen singer spoofing himself in a clip that also features Jeremy Renner and Aziz Ansari, the "Parks and Recreation" star who will host this year's shenanigans.
Scheduled to be at the show: "Twilight" megastar megacouple Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson, whose seat assignments were breaking news earlier this week at MTV.com. (There's one seat in between them!!! Mystery!!! Intrigue!!!)
Christina Aguilera, whose new album "Bionic" is about to be released, will perform "Not Myself Tonight" during the ceremony. Singer Katy Perry also will perform.
The Red Carpet show before the awards are handed out will include a whole lotta Snooki and the rest of the "Jersey Shore" crew. And the list of presenters includes Tom Cruise, Cameron Diaz, Diddy, Steve Carell, Jonah Hill, Russell Brand, Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens and Miranda Cosgrove.
MTV Movie Awards, also, is the only awards show that would dangle top-movie-honors to a movie like "The Hangover" or nominate Efron in the top acting category.
It's also the only show that would consider giving a trophy to a scene that involves projectile vomiting. Megan Fox's persuasive upchuck in "Jennifer's Body" is up for that coveted What the *$%# award.
A list of other nominees:
"Alice in Wonderland"
"Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince"
"The Twilight Saga: New Moon"
BEST MALE PERFORMANCE
Channing Tatum, "Dear John"
Daniel Radcliffe, "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince"
Robert Pattinson, "The Twilight Saga: New Moon"
Taylor Lautner, "The Twilight Saga: New Moon"
Zac Efron, "17 Again"
BEST FEMALE PERFORMANCE
Amanda Seyfried, "Dear John"
Emma Watson, "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince"
Kristen Stewart, "The Twilight Saga: New Moon"
Sandra Bullock, "The Blind Side"
Zoe Saldana, "Avatar"
Christoph Waltz, "Inglourious Basterds"
Helena Bonham Carter, "Alice in Wonderland"
Ken Jeong, "The Hangover"
Stephen Lang, "Avatar"
Tom Felton, "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince"
BEST COMEDIC PERFORMANCE
Ben Stiller, "Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian"
Bradley Cooper, "The Hangover"
Ryan Reynolds, "The Proposal"
Sandra Bullock, "The Proposal"
Zach Galifianakis, "The Hangover"
Beyonce Knowles vs. Ali Larter in "Obsessed"
Hugh Jackman and Liev Schreiber vs. Ryan Reynolds in "X-Men Origins: Wolverine"
Logan Lerman vs. Jake Abel in "Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief"
Robert Downey Jr. vs. Mark Strong in "Sherlock Holmes"
Sam Worthington vs. Stephen Lang in "Avatar"
Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning in "The Runaways"
Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson in "The Twilight Saga: New Moon"
Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds in "The Proposal"
Taylor Swift and Taylor Lautner in "Valentine's Day"
Zoe Saldana and Sam Worthington in "Avatar"
BEST BREAKOUT STAR
Anna Kendrick, "Up in the Air"
Chris Pine, "Star Trek"
Gabourey Sidibe, "Precious"
Logan Lerman, "Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief"
Quinton Aaron, "The Blind Side"
Zach Galifianakis, "The Hangover"
BEST What The %*#& MOMENT
Betty White and the bride, in "The Proposal"
Bill Murray, as himself, in "Zombieland"
Isabel Lucas and her robot tongue, in "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen"
Ken Jeong, out of the box scene, in "The Hangover"
Megan Fox, projectile vomiting, in "Jennifer's Body"
BEST SCARED AS *$%& PERFORMANCE
Alison Lohman, "Drag Me to Hell"
Amanda Seyfried, "Jennifer's Body"
Jesse Eisenberg, "Zombieland"
Katie Featherston, "Paranormal Activity"
Sharlto Copley, "District 9"
BIGGEST BADA$$ STAR