LOS ANGELES -- With a cast of superheroes and villains, "The Avengers" beat out its competitors to become the big winner at the MTV Movie Awards.
The action romp won three awards Sunday, including the top prize, movie of the year.
"What's the opposite of humbled? We're Biebered to be standing here," said "Avengers" writer-director Joss Whedon as he accepted the final golden popcorn trophy. "This is the award that means the most to me. I am so grateful and very excited for 2015; we're going to bring you 'Avengers 2."'
"The Avengers" also won best fight and best villain for actor Tom Hiddleston.
Bradley Cooper and show host Rebel Wilson were each double winners. Cooper won the first prize of the night for his performance in "Silver Linings Playbook" and returned to the stage to accept best kiss honours for his smooch with co-star Jennifer Lawrence in that film.
Lawrence, who won the Oscar for her role in "Playbook," was also a double winner, though she wasn't on hand. In addition to the kiss award, she won the golden popcorn for her performance.
Jamie Foxx was a double winner, too. He shared the best WTF moment award with Samuel L. Jackson for their scenes together in "Django Unchained," and later thanked his daughter, parents and siblings in the audience as he accepted the Generation Award for his career in film.
Foxx stars in June's "White House Down."
Wilson, who opened and closed the show wearing Iron Man-style armour, won breakthrough performance for her work in "Pitch Perfect" and shared in the film's award for best musical moment. Its stars, including Brittany Snow and Skylar Astin, opened the show with a mash-up medley.
The MTV Movie Awards are as much about the anticipated movies of the upcoming summer season as they are about the finest films of last year. Fans vote online for the winners in traditional and irreverent categories such as best fight, best kiss and best shirtless performance.
"Twilight" heartthrob Taylor Lautner won the shirtless award.
-- The Associated Press