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'Hunger Games' sequel wins big at MTV Movie Awards

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  • Jared Leto poses in the press room with the award for Best On-Screen Transformation for "Dallas Buyers Club" at the MTV Movie Awards on Sunday at Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.

      Jared Leto poses in the press room with the award for Best On-Screen Transformation for "Dallas Buyers Club" at the MTV Movie Awards on Sunday at Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.
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  • Eminem, left, and Rihanna perform on stage at the MTV Movie Awards on Sunday at Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.

      Eminem, left, and Rihanna perform on stage at the MTV Movie Awards on Sunday at Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.
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  • Host Conan O'Brien speaks on stage at the MTV Movie Awards on Sunday at Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.

      Host Conan O'Brien speaks on stage at the MTV Movie Awards on Sunday at Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.
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LOS ANGELES -- "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" earned the prize for best film at Sunday night's MTV Movie Awards, besting even top Oscar winner "12 Years a Slave."

"Hunger Games" stars also took home some of the night's biggest awards. Jennifer Lawrence won best female performance and Josh Hutcherson was voted best male performer.

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Zany categories were also in abundance. Zac Efron earned best shirtless performance, while properly accepting his award shirtless.

Honors went to Mark Wahlberg and Channing Tatum. And a special tribute was paid to the late Paul Walker.

But it was summer movie teasers, from "X-Men: Days of Future Past" to "The Amazing Spider-Man 2," that dominated the live ceremony hosted by Conan O'Brien.

Ellen Page, one of the stars of the upcoming "X-Men: Days of Future Past," introduced a clip from the film that sees the X-Men joining forces with their younger selves at Sunday night's MTV Movie Awards.

In the clip, some X-Men attempt to battle ruthless metal monsters using their special abilities. It's the first appearance for some of the mutants -- Blink, Sunspot, Warpath and Bishop.

The MTV Movie Awards have become the ideal platform for the Hollywood studios to promote their summer movies.

An exclusive clip from "The Fault of Our Stars," starring Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort, showed the beginnings of the on-screen couple's romance in the heartfelt comedy.

Accepting the popcorn-shaped prize from Jessica Alba and Rita Ora for best shirtless performance for "That Awkward Moment," Zac Efron hesitated to take his shirt off on stage until Ora ripped it open. He then finished the job and took it off.

Receiving this year's trailblazer award was Channing Tatum. The first male to gain the honor after Emma Stone and Emma Watson, Tatum accepted the award from his "Jupiter Ascending" co-star Kunis and his "22 Jump Street" co-star Jonah Hill. Tatum admitted he thought he was being punked when he found out he would get the award.

Jared Leto presented Mila Kunis with the award for best villain for "Oz the Great and Powerful," "You just made my 12-year-old self dream come true," said Kunis while holding her golden popcorn prize. "And I just realized I'm the only woman nominated and I won."

Host Conan O'Brien kicked off the 22nd annual ceremony with a challenge to gain 50 celebrity cameos for his opening segment, a shtick with Will Arnett that merged two categories -- best fight and best kiss -- and a musical number about hating musical numbers in big awards shows.

Walking out to a track by rapper Rick Ross, O'Brien joked that he was almost injured by the show's flashing pyrotechnics. "Fire, explosions and rap music: all things you associate with Conan O'Brien," he deadpanned. The MTV awards had some stiff competition from other networks on Sunday night, including the latest installment of HBO's popular "Game of Thrones" and the final season premiere of AMC's "Mad Men."

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