The 2013 MTV Movie Awards air Sunday, April 14 (just one day before Logo’s NewNowNext Awards) with host Rebel Wilson, but before we settle in for another night of golden popcorn handouts, let’s take a moment to remember why we cherish this ceremony most: the MTV Movie Award for Best Kiss.
In the history of the show, five different man-on-man kisses have been nominated for Best Kiss, and two of them have won (numbers #3 and #1 here, if you’re keeping track). Can you name them off the top of your head? Let’s rank these important nominees/winners one by one and see if our favorites still hold up.
5. Jason Biggs and Seann William Scott, American Pie 2
I’ll give this man-on-man lip-lock credit for one thing: It was a part of every trailer I ever saw on TV for American Pie 2, and it’s not every day you see two male stars of a movie touching mouths on national television. But that’s where the praise ends, because the humor of this scene in American Pie 2 — where two sexy, kissing ladies promise to really get down if Biggs and Scott make out as well — only works if you think a man-on-man kiss is an unthinkable, guh-ross act. Frankly, I don’t even think the panic expressed by Biggs and Scott in this scene is all that realistic. If two male friends actually wanted to watch women GET IT ON in front of them, would it really matter to them to kiss for a second? Maybe I’m being naive, but their whole trembling-and-crying-and-freaking-out thing seems too theatrical for the situation they’re in.
4. Paul Rudd and Thomas Lennon in I Love You, Man
For a title as provocative as I Love You, Man, this Paul Rudd starrer is downright unassuming, though not without its charms. As social misfit Rudd heeds the encouragement of his saintly wife (Rashida Jones) and searches for a best friend early in the film, Rudd thinks he finds a match in a fun, nattily dressed chap played by the totally hot Thomas Lennon. Their friendly date takes a turn, however, when Lennon concludes their hangout with a deep and sincere smooch, one that baffles Rudd (who, again, is a social misfit, so his confusion is justified). Best of all, after the kiss is over, Lennon gives Rudd yet another peck while the look of befuddlement is still on his face. At least one half of this equation really meant it. Cute!
3. Will Ferrell and Sacha Baron Cohen, Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby
If you’ve never seen Talladega Nights, I have news for you: A climactic, unsuspecting kiss that Will Ferrell plants on Sacha Baron Cohen is… pretty sweet and funny? There’s not a hint of gay panic in the moment, and while Cohen’s character looks a bit surprised to find himself in the middle of a stadium-witnessed smooch with his opponent, the two men really go for it. Well! Good on these two. And what am I supposed to do, hate on a scene that reacquaints us with the fervor and sensuality of Pat Benatar‘s “We Belong”? Will Ferrell’s cinematic output has ranged from the funny to the idiotically spastic, and here he proves that no matter what he’s delivering, he supports our team.