'Matrix' triple crowned at MTV Movie Awards
Warner Bros.' blockbuster "The Matrix" and its star, Keanu Reeves, swept three categories Saturday at the 2000 MTV Movie Awards: best movie, male performance and fight sequence (between Reeves and Laurence Fishburne).
Host Sarah Jessica Parker launched the program, which airs at 9 p.m. Thursday, with the hilarious short film spoof "Sex and the Matrix" featuring Vince Vaughn and "Saturday Night Live's" Jimmy Fallon.
One of the best-received short film spoofs, directed by show producer Joel Gallen, featured Tom Cruise, John Woo and Ben Stiller as Tom Crooze, a stunt double and wannabe action star who mimics Cruise and provides idiotic suggestions. "I would never tell Woo to his face, but there's just too much kicking, too much kick," Stiller deadpanned.
Sarah Michelle Gellar won best female performance for her role in Sony's "Cruel Intentions," beating out Drew Barrymore, Neve Campbell, Julia Roberts and Ashley Judd.
Baby-talking boxoffice draw Adam Sandler topped Mike Myers for best comedic performance in Sony's "Big Daddy," proving Sandler's teen appeal among the 8 million voters who cast ballots mostly on MTV's Web site and at Blockbuster video stores.
Sandler broke up a packed house at Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City when he read a letter purportedly penned by "Big Daddy" co-star Joey Lauren Adams that spoke of "nippies, boobies" and "Grandma's hairy underpants."
Myers won best villain honors for his performance in the New Line Cinema sequel "Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me." Myers and Verne Troyer (Mini-Me) were named best on-screen duo.
Haley Joel Osment, Bruce Willis' co-star in Buena Vista's "The Sixth Sense," won for male breakthrough performance. Julia Stiles won for female breakthrough performance for her role in Buena Vista's "10 Things I Hate About You."
Matt Stone and Trey Parker won best musical performance for profanity-laced "Uncle Fucka" from Paramount's animated feature "South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut."
Reflecting today's youthful intrigue with nonconformist sexuality, Gellar and Selma Blair won top honors for best kiss in "Cruel Intentions."
Science fiction and special effects stalwart George Lucas won best action sequence for the pod race in Fox's prequel "Star Wars: Episode I -- The Phantom Menace" and was on hand to receive the award.
Veteran music video and television commercial director Spike Jonze won best new filmmaker honors for his directorial debut on USA Films' "Being John Malkovich."
The awards were punctuated with performances by such acts as D'Angelo with a fiery "Devil's Pie," 'N Sync with "It's Gonna Be Me" and Metallica with its hit single from Paramount's summer boxoffice topper "Mission: Impossible 2."
Presenters included Gellar, George Clooney, Halle Berry, Janet Jackson, Rebecca Romijn-Stamos, Mel Gibson, Mark Wahlberg, Aaliyah, Ryan Phillippe, Amy Smart, Jason Biggs, Jamie Foxx, Seth Green, Katie Holmes, Ice Cube, Samuel L. Jackson, Chris Klein, Freddie Prinze Jr., Mena Suvari, Tom Green, Denise Richards, Q-Tip and Nicolas Cage.