MTV Movie Awards 2014

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The Cable

By Taylor Okeson

What was memorable this year?

From a tribute to Paul Walker to a shirtless Zac Efron, the 23rd annual MTV Movie Awards were a night to remember.

The Awards were hosted by Conan O'Brien, who began the show with the challenge of getting 50 celebrity cameos. One for the record books, these cameos included stars such as Taylor Swift, Skrillex, Andy Samberg, and Russell Crowe.

O'Brien's opening monologue featured a crack at grumpy cat having a better seat than most celebrities present, a fake award for best kiss fight, Vine versions of The Wolf of Wall Street and American Hustle, and an original song about not singing a song, performed with a gospel choir and Adam Devine from Pitch Perfect.

Jared Leto took the opportunity to talk about the battle against AIDS after winning the first award for Best Onscreen Transformation. Jonah Hill picked up the next award for Best Comedic Performance for his hilarious moments in Wolf of Wall Street. Other winners for the night included Mila Kunis for Best Villian in Oz the Great and Powerful and Orlando Bloom for Best Fight in The Hobbit.

It was a proud night for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire cast as they were awarded Best Movie of the Year, along with Josh Hutchinson's award of Best Male Performance and Jennifer Lawrence's award for Best Female Performance.

Fans were shocked when presenters of Best Kiss, Seth Rogen, Zac Efron, and Dave Franco, revealed that three lucky audience members were being chosen to get kisses from them. A woman posed as Rogen's mother soon rose to the occasion, and after little protest, aggressively made out with him. Will Poulter, Jennifer Aniston, and Emma Roberts were afterward announced as the winners of this award.

Zac Efron's acceptance speech for Best Shirtless Performance was definitely the highlight of the night as Rita Ora unexpectedly rips Efron's denim shirt open, leaving the actor to take his shirt off completely and flex.

21 Pilots started off the performance list with their single "Car Radio," complete with audience members adorned with white ski masks that matched the performers on stage. Eminem and Rihanna took the stage for the next performance of their song "Monster." The final performers were Ellie Goulding and Zedd with a medley of their songs "Beating Heart" and "Find You" from the new movie, Divergent.

Other features of the night included a tribute to Paul Walker and his works for humanity, Channing Tatum receiving The Trailblazer Award, and Mark Walberg's Generation Award.