[Note: Rounds 1 and 2 are closed. Head here for the final round of our Best Kiss Smoochdown!]
Once upon a time, long, long ago (OK, four years ago), the MTV Movie Awards Best Kiss category was hotly contested. That was before the Internet rose up and demanded that Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart demonstrate their dangerous love before a live audience on a yearly basis. Looking back upon the list of winners of this prestigious Golden Popcorn award, we are pretty impressed. Aliens, star-crossed lovers, American Pie stars, Will Ferrell and Sacha Baron Cohen — a lot of famous smooches have taken the prize. Check out the montage so lovingly cut together by our friends at NextMovie and you’ll see. We are starting to get antsy as we await this Sunday’s big show, so we thought we’d entertain ourselves, and you, by determining which of the past Best Kisses is the hottest. (Note, that is hottest, which is why we’re leaving out the silly ones like those in Talladega Nights and American Pie 2, and the cutest of them all, My Girl.) We selected eight contenders for our Ultimate Best Kiss Smoochdown. Round 1 begins now and ends Thursday at 9 a.m. ET.
Spider-Man vs. Independence Day
Are we the only ones who decided to introduce upside-down kissing into our repertoire after seeing Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst’s Spidey and Mary Jane go at it in a dark alley? Not judging by their Best Kiss win in 2003. Will Smith and Vivica Fox are underdogs in this competition — not that their gorgeously lit kiss in Independence Day didn’t make us long for some excuse to make Will Smith say goodbye to US like that — it’s just that the 1996 flick hasn’t been clipped and replayed as endlessly online, so it’ll take a minute to jog your memory as to why they took home the Popcorn in 1997.
Against the Odds
The Notebook vs. Save the Last Dance:
These four star-crossed lovers had to overcome socio-economic and racial divides before coming together in some long, passionate kisses. You have probably replayed Noah (Ryan Gosling) and Allie’s (Rachel McAdams) rain-soaked embrace hundreds of times — not to mention the hot kiss the co-stars shared on the Movie Awards stage when they won Best Kiss in 2005 — which is why they’re a top-seeded contender. But we’re not counting out Sara (Julia Stiles) and Derek (Sean Patrick Thomas) — their love crossed the seemingly insurmountable barriers of ballet and hip-hop, after all, giving them the win at the 2001 awards.
They Kissed A Girl/Boy And We Liked It
Cruel Intentions vs. Brokeback Mountain:
Apologies for lumping two such different same-sex kisses into one category, but they do also share undeniable hotness. The tongue tangling between Kathryn (Sarah Michelle Gellar) and Cecile (Selma Blair) was ostensibly of instructional value (the evil Kathryn was trying to corrupt naive Cecile). And when Selma and Sarah re-created it onstage at the 2000 Movie Awards they taught every awards recipient thereafter how to steal a show. Ennis (Heath Ledger) and Jack’s (Jake Gyllenhaal) wordless liplock, by contrast, was as tender as it was sexy, and filled with so much meaning and sorrow, our hearts burst just thinking about it. The other contenders at the 2006 Movie Awards hardly stood a chance.
“You Kiss By The Book”
Twilight vs. Shakespeare in Love:
OK, Internet, we are aware that this is the least fair of all the matchups in the Smoochdown, but someone had to be the first to take on Edward and Bella’s nature-defying, blood-boiling, life-threatening snog, which won the Popcorn in 2009. And we loved having the chance to revisit how Viola (Gwyneth Paltrow) and Will (Joseph Fiennes) taught their fellow actors just how it’s done. Her fake mustache totally makes the scene, leading their tragic pairing to Movie Awards gold in 1999.
Voting closes Thursday at 9 a.m., then don’t forget to come back here tomorrow for round two!
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