Justin Timberlake got an eyeful of Andy Samberg’s junk during the intro to last night’s MTV Movie Awards as the nude SNL joker climbed over his “Motherlover” co-star on his way out of a limo, but the most amusing — and almost certainly planned — crotch shot came when Sacha Baron Cohen, dressed as gay Austrian fashion guru Brüno, flew down from the ceiling and landed on Eminem’s lap in the most uncomfortable position imaginable. The joke at Slim Shady’s expense seems a lot like a poke at the time Em got ruffled by plastic hand puppet Triumph the Insult Comic Dog at another MTV event (2002’s Video Music Awards). Triumph was incidentally in the house to honor Ben Stiller with a lifestyle achievement award along with co-presenters Zac Efron and Kiefer Sutherland. Brüno was presenting an trophy to Zac Efron, who took the stage and observed, “That was really weird.”
Before the sight gag — after which Eminem hastily got to his feet and left, trailed by his burly bodyguards — as promised, Em took the stage to perform a medley of the two most upbeat singles from Relapse that have been released thus far: “We Made You” and “Crack a Bottle,” steering clear of the violent and disturbing serial-killer imagery of “3 A.M.” Shady looked sharp and fit as he stalked the stage, but he kept the performance simple and to the point — no marching army of lookalike Shadys were in sight, though he was accompanied by a small marching band. It was Em’s third public gig promoting the Number One Relapse; he previously performed a hometown show in Detroit and on Jimmy Kimmel Live. So was Em in on the joke? Let the debate rage in the comments, below (and don’t forget about Pamela Anderson’s cameo in Borat).
The night’s other huge musical moment came with recent RS cover stars Kings of Leon‘s performance of “Use Somebody,” which marked the Followills’ first live MTV gig. They definitely made the most of it, rocking a crisp version of the Only by the Night track that swelled into its anthemic finale. And Samberg impersonated Bruce Springsteen in a short music video for a song about movie badasses who walk away from explosions without ever looking back (Will Ferrell joined him in a sparkly red jumpsuit to portray Neil Diamond, and J.J. Abrams handled a wicked keyboard solo as himself).
The MTV Movie Awards’ big winner was Twilight, which took home nearly every major trophy from Best Kiss to Best Movie, and the first clip from its follow-up New Moon debuted on the show. Check it out here: