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'Hunger Games,' 'Breaking Dawn,' 'Harry Potter' lead books at MTV Movie Awards

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It was a night for popular movie adaptations of books last night at the 2012 MTV Movie Awards in Los Angeles. The "Golden Popcorn" awards were presented once again at the Gibson Amphitheater in the city. Three popular book series were well represented among the winning films and categories -- Hunger Games, Twilight, and Harry Potter.

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The newest film adaptation, Hunger Games, based on the first novel in the trilogy by Suzanne Collins, ran off with four Golden Popcorn trophies -- Best On-Screen Transformation to Elizabeth Banks; Best Fight to Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson vs. Alexander Ludwig; Best Female Performance to Jennifer Lawrence; and Best Male Performance to Josh Hutcherson.

Twilight, the series based on the four vampire novels by Stephenie Meyer and that is winding down at the box office with the last film due to come out this November, took home two trophies for Breaking Dawn, Part 1 -- Best Kiss to Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson; and Movie of the Year.

Harry Potter was not forgotten as the sentimental favorite for many of the fans who voted. The series of eight films adapted from seven wizard novels by J. K. Rowling, ended last summer with the release of the last movie in a series that grew up with many of its fans over a decade. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2, won Best Cast and Best Hero.

Other awards for the night, according to MTV, included the following:

MTV Trailblazer = Emma Stone

MTV Generation = Johnny Depp

Best Music = LMFAO, "Party Rock Anthem," (21 Jump Street)

Best Breakthrough Performance = Shailene Woodley in The Descendants

Best On-Screen Dirtbag = Jennifer Aniston in Horrible Bosses

Best Gut-Wrenching Performance = The cast of Bridesmaids in the food poisoning scene

Best Comedic Performance = Melissa McCarthy in Bridesmaids

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Though fans of Harry Potter have now seen all of that series' adaptations, readers and moviegoers of the Twilight books and films have one more movie to look forward to, and the success of Hunger Games at the box office ensures its adaptations in film will also be eagerly anticipated.

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