LOS ANGELES, March 5 Comedian and late-night
talk-show host Conan O'Brien will host this year's MTV Movie
Awards, the unbuttoned show that irreverently honors Hollywood's
best kisses and best fight scenes, the MTV network said on
It will be the first time that O'Brien, 50, has hosted the
annual show, which will take place on April 13 at the Nokia
Theatre in downtown Los Angeles and which serves as lead-in to
the summer movie season.
"After eight years of intense negations, I am honored to
announce I am hosting MTV's second most prestigious awards
show," the flame-haired comedian quipped in a statement.
Nominations will be announced on Thursday. MTV, which is
owned by Viacom Inc, said the show will also feature
unseen clips from upcoming summer films.
O'Brien, the host of late-night talk show "Conan" on cable
network TBS, is known for his oddball, youth-skewed humor, which
marked a generational shift when he began a 16-year stint on
NBC's "Late Night" talk show in 1993.
The MTV Movie Awards offers a cheeky take on Hollywood's
usual black-tie and gown awards season by handing out golden,
popcorn-shaped trophies in categories like "best villain" and
"best gut-wrenching performance."
The awards categories bestow honors to the year's
blockbuster hits likely to have been overlooked by industry
stalwarts the Oscars and the Golden Globes.
Previous MTV Movie Awards hosts include actresses Lindsay
Lohan and Rebel Wilson, and comedians Sarah Silverman and Jimmy