Will Smith by Lester Cohen/WireImage.com
Against the backdrop of Burbank's wide valley, the
2008 MTV Movie Awards
attracted some of the biz's hottest stars, from both the establishment and the rising Hollywood set. Just beyond the gold carpet a huge cloud of black smoke hovered from the
fire at Universal Studios
, but the incident didn't stop the crush of celebs, press and fans that filled the arrivals area of the Gibson Amphitheater.
Making his way into the event,
Best Week Ever
's Doug Benson acknowledged the unseemly juxtaposition, joking, "I'm not on fire. It's not hot enough out here as it is. Let's get some soot, difficult breathing conditions. This is perfect!" Fitting the spirit of the awards, Benson sported a '420' tee under his jacket, an oddly prescient choice given
's joint-smoking moment during the show.
At any given time, the gold carpet was filled with stars, their entourages, Elle Woods wannabes and production assistants, scurrying back and forth. Among some of the passersby was
, who, when a reporter started rapping the theme to
, obligingly rapped along with her as he strode by, getting a big cheer.
Sarah Jessica Parker
dazzled in her sparkly minidress (
which we had not seen before
), showing off her hot bod that's fresh off the
Sex and the City
were also sizzling, decked out in shoulder-baring frocks that made them stand out.
Yet, for all the fashion and celebrities swishing by, the focus of the evening was, after all, the year's best movies. Sporting their on-camera unitards (ahem, "fighting suits," as the term was corrected),
Wolf and Justice already knew their pick of the night:
was "off the hook." Was that perhaps because, given their collective girth, they could relate to his Iron Man-ness? Wolf said, "Yeah, because I'm secretly superheroish. Secretly, I'm a billionaire mad scientist, playboy type."
Ultimately, the gladiators got their wish:
won for "Best Summer Movie So Far," kicking off a season of more hot stars and action-packed movies to come.
- Anna Dimond
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