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MTV Movie Awards - Press release, MTV UK, May 23, 2003

DAVID BECKHAM & VICTORIA BECKHAM

TO PRESENT BRAND-NEW

'BEST TRANSATLANTIC BREAKTHROUGH' AWARD

AT THE 2003 MTV MOVIE AWARDS


1ST EVER 'BEST TRANSATLANTIC BREAKTHROUGH' NOMINEES INCLUDE HOME-GROWN STARS COLIN FARRELL, JUDE LAW, KEIRA KNIGHTLY, ORLANDO BLOOM & ROSAMUND PIKE


London, May 23 2003 - For the first time ever in the history of the MTV Movie Awards, MTV UK & Ireland will unveil the inaugaral 'Best Transatlantic Breakthrough Award', presented jointly by Victoria and David Beckham.

Home-grown stars Colin Farrell, Jude Law, Keira Knightly, Orlando Bloom and Rosamund Pike will battle it out to receive the prestigious award from Victoria and David at the Los Angeles ceremony on May 31st You can see the 2003 MTV Movie Awards in full on MTV UK & Ireland at 8pm on Saturday June 7th.  Please note that the UK broadcast is a day later than originally billed.

Viewers of MTV UK & Ireland can vote for their favourite of the five nominees by logging on to www.mtv.co.uk/movieawards.

Victoria and David Beckham are nothing short of a media phenomenon, with 9 international number ones, 11 international goals and millions of hearts broken between them.  David recently helped Manchester United secure the premiership and has been the England football captain for the last three years.   Victoria recently caused a splash with her appearance at the Goddess exhibition in New York's Metropolitan Museum of Contemporary  Art, and is currently working on eagerly anticipated new solo material.  MTV UK & Ireland is delighted that the Beckhams will take to the stage at the MTV Movie Awards alongside the likes of Justin Timberlake, Harrison Ford and Samuel L. Jackson to present the first Best Transatlantic Breakthrough Award.

Colin Farrell has catapulted himself into the limelight this year, thanks in part to his appearances in 'Phone Booth', 'Minority Report' and 'The Recruit' (alongside Al Pacino) and for his endless links to beautiful women, compulsive interview soundbites and for turning up to a premiere with Britney Spears on his arm.  The 'Best Transatlantic Breakthrough' marks his second nomination at this year's MTV Movie Awards, with his role as Bullseye in 'Daredevil' also up for a gong in the 'Best Villain' category.

Despite remaining firmly rooted in the UK, Jude Law has found consistent success in the US, with films like 'AI', 'The Road To Perdition' and 'The Talented Mr Ripley' under his belt.  Remarkably, the 'Best Transatlantic Breakthrough' award marks his first MTV Movie Awards nomination.

Twenty-year-old Keira Knightley is currently enjoying her first US fame with the success of 'Bend It Like Beckham', but has already appeared in 'Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace' and horror-flick 'The Hole'.  She has just finished filming Jerry Bruckheimer's 'Pirates Of The Caribbean' - due out this summer -opposite fellow nominee Orlando Bloomand.  She is currently working on the Richard Curtis-scripted 'Love Actually' alongside Hugh Grant and Colin Firth.

Best known as Legolas from the Lord Of The Rings films, Canterbury-born Orlando Bloom scooped 'Best Male Breakthrough' at last year's MTV Movie Awards.  He has also appeared in 'Black Hawk Down', can soon be seen in 'Pirates Of The Caribbean' and is currently filming 'Troy' alongside Brad Pitt and Julie Christie.

Oxford graduate Rosamund Pike had her first break in the TV series 'A Rather English Marriage'.  Her role as the double-crossing Miranda Frost in 'Die Another Day' marked her first foray onto the big screen and she is currently filming 'Castle Of Lies' alongside Hollywood veteran James Caan.

The 2003 MTV Movie Awards will be hosted by Justin Timberlake and American Pie's Seann William Scott, and will feature live performances from Pink, 50 Cent and Tatu.  Celebrity guest presenters joining Victoria and David Beckham include Harrison Ford, Mark Wahlberg, Kate Hudson, Colin Farrell, Samuel L. Jackson, P. Diddy, Brittany Murphy, Queen Latifah, Adrien Brody, Josh Hartnett, Luke Wilson, Mya, Paul Walker, Tyrese, Hilary Duff and Amanda Bynes.  Further celebrity presenters will be announced shortly...

The official sponsors of the 2003 MTV MOVIE AWARDS are 7-Up, General Motors, Infogrames, Johnson & Johnson, L'Oreal, Taco Bell, Toyota, Virgin Mobile, and Visa.

Credit: Angela http://www.music247online.com/
Website:www.mtv.co.uk