Vader Rules the 2006 MTV Movie Awards

Amongst the hottest stars in Hollywood, the Dark Lord of the Sith was honored as only MTV could — with a golden trophy and a tribute from one of the coolest bands dominating the charts.
MTV honored actor Hayden Christensen with the coveted golden popcorn tub trophy as he won in the Best Villain category for portraying Darth Vader in Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith. In his humble acceptance speech, he thanked filmmaker George Lucas for giving him “the chance to play such a cool character.” Other nominations for Episode III included actor Ewan McGregor as Best Hero, as well as Christensen and McGregor for Best Fight.

To continue the Star Wars love, the band Gnarls Barkley performed their hit song “Crazy” donning authentic costumes from the Star Wars saga which included lead singer Cee-Lo as Darth Vader, Danger Mouse as Obi-Wan Kenobi, and drummer Chris Vrenna as Chewbacca, among many others. “It was an honor to wear the Wookiee costume,” Vrenna says.

Of course, this isn’t the first time MTV has given Star Wars characters the royal rock treatment. Previous MTV Movie Awards shows have honored Star Wars characters over the years. In 2003, Jedi Master Yoda received a prestigious MTV Award in the category of “Best Fight” for his show-stopping duel with Count Dooku in Attack of the Clones. And in 2000, the podrace in The Phantom Menace received an MTV Movie Award for “Best Action Sequence” of the year. Most memorably, in 1997, Chewbacca appeared on the MTV Movie Awards and was given a Lifetime Achievement medal by actress Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia Organa) to make up for the Wookiee not receiving a medal during the closing celebration A New Hope.

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