Hunger Games: Catching Fire sweeps MTV Movie Awards

Hunger Games: Catching Fire sweeps MTV Movie Awards
Sam Claflin and Josh Hutcherson accept the award for Best Movie of the Year for "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" at the 2014 MTV Movie Awards.

LOS ANGELES - Young adult favorite "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" was voted 'movie of the year' and scooped top acting honours at the MTV Movie Awards on Sunday, reflecting the irreverent ceremony's appeal to young fans.

The second installment of the hugely popular "Hunger Games" books beat out this year's Oscar best picture winner "12 Years a Slave" in online voting that continued through much of the show.

Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson won best female and male performances for their roles as Katniss and Peeta, the two youths fighting to give hope to an oppressed society.

At the unbuttoned awards ceremony in downtown Los Angeles hosted by comedian Conan O'Brien, awards also went to the best shirtless performance for Zac Efron and best kiss, a three-way smooch between Will Poulter, Jennifer Aniston and Emma Roberts in the comedy "We're the Millers".

But there were also serious moments in the show. Hutcherson remembered his "Hunger Games" cast mate Philip Seymour Hoffman, who died of a drug overdose earlier this year.

"I know that if Philip were here, he would think this is really cool," said Hutcherson.

"The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" has earned more than US$850 million (S$1 billion) at the worldwide box office and two more films, Mockingjay Parts 1 and 2, will complete the franchise from Lionsgate.

In one of the night's upsets, Tris, played by Shailene Woodley in "Divergent, won favorite character of the year, coming from behind in last-minute voting to surpass Lawrence's Katniss.

They each received more than 9 million votes. O'Brien, 50 years old and noticeably older than most award winners and audience members, kicked off the show by trying to break the record for the most celebrity cameos in his intro, notching up 50.

Among them were Taylor Swift, who gave him a manicure, and Internet sensation Grumpy Cat, who slept in the front row of the audience.

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