How times change. The Best Kiss Award at this year’s MTV Movie Awards went to Jake Gyllenhaal… and Heath Ledger.
The two co-starred in last year’s Brokeback Mountain, the acclaimed film centered around two young men who meet and fall in love in Wyoming in 1963, and endure an emotional, complex relationship over the next two decades. Both actors received Oscar nominations.
“This is a real honor, not just for me and Heath but for all of you, that you picked this movie and this kiss over all the other ones,” Gyllenhaal said.
Both Ledger and Gyllenhaal have stated that while they did not fear taking on such challenging roles, the intimate scenes in the beginning of the movie were difficult to do. Ang Lee, who went on to win the Academy Award for Best Director this past winter, similarly found the scenes difficult to shoot, and has frequently praised the two actors’ courage.
Interestingly, Ledger began dating his on-screen wife, Michelle Williams, during the filming of Brokeback Mountain. The two now have a child together. While denying rumors that he is bisexual, Gyllenhaal nonetheless says he regards it as flattering. Rumor has it that Jake has split with on-again, off-again love and has started dating Natalie Portman.
In winning Best Kiss, Heath and Jake beat out Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie (in Mr. & Mrs. Smith) and Rosario Dawson and Clive Owen (Sin City), among others. Brangelina didn’t go home empty-handed, though ï¿½ï¿½” they took home the award for Best Fight. Actually, since they were in Namibia, they did not actually take home anything. They weren’t at the award show. Forget it.
The night’s ultimate big winner was Wedding Crashers, which won Best Picture and numerous other honors. Congrats to Vince Vaughn and that shaggy, blonde co-star of his.