At last night’s notoriously pop-culture-infested and entertainingly over-the-top 2010 MTV Movie Awards (hosted by the hilarious Aziz Ansari, who is best known for his role on NBC’s “Parks and Recreations”), two Asian entertainers went away with a famed golden popcorn award in hand. Korean singer and actor Rain (a.k.a. Bi) won the award for “Biggest Baddass Star” for his role in “Ninja Assassin,” while Korean American actor Ken Jeong won the “Best WTF Moment” for his outrageous performance as the villainous Mr. Chow in “The Hangover.”
Rain’s victory is particularly noteworthy, as it marks the first time in history that a native Korean has won an MTV Movie Award. In addition, he beat out the likes of Angelina Jolie in “Salt,” Chris Pine in “Star Trek,” Channing Tatum in “G.I. Joe,” and Sam Worthington in “Avatar” to garner his win—and looked rather handsome in a sleek, all-black clothing ensemble as he accepted his award.
Comedian Ken Jeong, whose hilarious and obnoxious roles in movies such as “Knocked Up,” “Pineapple Express” and “The Hangover” have garnered him legions of fans, was noticeably excited and dropped a few expletives as he accepted his award. He also shed a few unexpected tears as he credited his wife, who had survived a recent bout with breast cancer, as one of his biggest inspirations. In “The Hangover” scene that he was nominated for, his character jumps out of his car, utterly naked and in broad daylight. If that isn’t the ultimate “WTF” moment, I don’t know what is.
Aside from Rain and Jeong, only two other Asians—Lucy Liu and Jackie Chan— have previously won MTV Movie Awards. Comedians have hosted the show for the past four years—Ansari, the first-ever Asian American host, follows the footsteps of big-name comedians like Mike Myers and SNL-favorite Andy Samberg.
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