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The crowd-pleasing MTV awards

June 7, 2012

By Mario Anzuoni

I was assigned to cover this year’s MTV Movie Awards. These awards are voted by audiences online and besides some of the traditional awards, they also give out unique ones, such as: the “best on-screen dirtbag,” the “best kiss” and “best fight” award.

The challenging part of the assignment was that my position was in a regular audience seat on the main floor, in a show that has much audience participation and standing up. It translated in me free handling the 400mm lens to get a clear shot, past the standing crowd.

Witty, British humor was provided by actor and comedian Russell Brand who hosted the show. Jennifer Aniston was the first to be recognized as the “best on-screen dirtbag.”

Emma Watson accepted an award on behalf of the cast of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2″ for β€œbest cast,” while Kristen Stewart accepted β€œbest picture” on behalf of the cast of “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1.”

The awards lineup was punctuated by cameo appearances by Charlie Sheen, the cast of “The Dark Knight Rises,” and Charlize Theron.

The high note of the show was when rock legend Steven Tyler of Aerosmith presented the Generation Award to actor Johnny Depp, who before accepting it, displayed once again, his talent and versatility as a guitarist, while performing two songs with rockers The Black Keys.

The free handling of the 400mm, as challenging as it might sound, paid off for me. So keep those pushups coming!

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