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2012 MTV Movie Awards Nominee Spotlight: Breakthrough Performance

Posted 04/05/2012

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2012 MTV Movie Awards Nominee Spotlight: Breakthrough Performance
This year, the MTV Movie Awards is introducing five brand-new categories—including Breakthrough Performance, which honors an up-and-coming big-screen star who made a big splash. This category is unique in that it's not open to public voting—an academy of outstanding directors, experienced at spotting talent, will select the winner. Get to know the five Hollywood newcomers who are up for Breakthrough Performance:

Elle Fanning, "Super 8"
Dakota's little sister came into her own this year in the sci-fi epic "Super 8"—as winsome Alice, who agrees to appear in her schoolmates' DIY zombie flick, she stars not only in the movie, but in the movie within the movie. Does that mean votes for her get counted twice?

Liam Hemsworth, "Hunger Games"
The Aussie actor has gone from being a relative unknown to making Hemsworth a household name–practically every movie coming out this year features him or his brother Chris! In "The Hunger Games," he brought beloved character Gale to life—earning the approval of fans of the books.

Melissa McCarthy, "Bridesmaids"
It's not often that an actor gets an Academy Award nomination for a comedy role...much less one that involves a truly disgusting potty scene! But McCarthy, a seasoned TV comedienne, managed that feat. True, she didn't bag the Oscar... but now she's got a shot at the popcorn.

Rooney Mara, "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo"
Some actors brag about their commitment to their craft when they put on weight for a role. Fine, but how about being brave enough to get actual piercings, as Mara did to portray book heroine Lisbeth Salander? Now, THAT'S dedication!

Shailene Woodley, "The Descendants"
Another as-seen-on-TV talent, Shailene had the intimidating task of holding her own in scenes with on-screen dad George Clooney (who's kind of a good actor, as you might have heard) in her very first film role. Obviously, she succeeded—and she was only 19 at the time!

Stay tuned for more 2012 Movie Awards nominee spotlight features!