Conan O'Brien Will Host This Year's MTV Movie Awards

They aren’t quite as prestigious as the Oscars, or as celebrated as the Golden Globes. But the MTV Movie Awards usually go out of their way to shower more love on the blockbusters mainstream crowds support at the box office, and this year’s telecast just landed a new host.

Conan O’Brien, who presides over a nightly talk show on TBS, has been named the host of the 2014 MTV Movie Awards, according to the network. O’Brien joked:

"After eight years of intense negations, I am honored to announce I am hosting MTV's second most prestigious awards show."

This year’s ceremony will be held on Sunday, April 13, at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live stage in downtown Los Angeles. In addition to honoring the most popular films from 2013, MTV says that this year’s show will "feature exclusive sneak previews of the summer's most anticipated movies with never-before seen footage and previews." Care to guess? Maybe The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Transformers: Age of Extinction, Seth Rogen’s Neighbors or X-Men: Days of Future Past? Safe bets.

O’Brien has some experience hosting various awards shows. He hosted the Emmy Awards in 2002, co-hosted in 2003, and returned in 2006:

And if Ellen DeGeneres is any type of indication, the routine of hosting a daily show can and will make O’Brien even more comfortable with hosting duties. Plus, it’s MTV. Loose and carefree. O’Brien should be in his element.

We don’t know yet who will contend for the MTV awards this year. Nominees will be announced on Thursday, March 6, at 7 a.m. EST. If you want to guess as to which movies and celebrities will be singled out, watch this very short promo reel MTV made for the show:

What did you spot? Thor. Gravity. American Hustle. This is the End. The Anchorman sequel. The Wolf of Wall Street. All safe bets, as well. Who will attend? Can Leo grab yet another a non-Oscar award? Will Gravity sweep a slew of smaller awards, as it did at the Oscars? Will 12 Years a Slave even GET an MTV award? That’s what I’m anxious to find out. More by tomorrow. For now, which movies do you want to see nominated? And do you think O’Brien is a good choice for host? Let us know.

Sean O'Connell
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