Robert Downey Jr. and Don Cheadle in 'Iron Man 3' (Photo: Marvel Studios)
You win some, and you lose some. The same day Robert Downey Jr. got some serious validation by Forbes Magazine as the highest paid actor in the world, his most recent blockbuster was dissed by the Teen Choice Awards.
On Tuesday, the nominations for the 2013 Teen Choice Awards were released, and despite strong reviews from critics and grossing over $1.2 billion worldwide, "Iron Man 3" was passed over for best picture, and landed only one nomination, for "Best Chemistry" between Don Cheadle and RDJ. "The Heat" led the pack with five nominations, while "Man Of Steel" picked up four.
The snub is especially puzzling since the Teen Choice Awards specifically focus on good-time summer blockbusters, though it's encouraging that "Pacific Rim," which is getting serious love from fans despite a softer-than-hoped for opening weekend, managed to get a nod. Along with "Pacific Rim," Choice Summer Movie: Action nominees included "Man of Steel," "Fast and Furious 6," "World War Z," and "White House Down."
The Teen Choice awards give comedies their own category, and competing for Choice Summer Movie: Comedy are "Despicable Me 2," "Grown Ups 2," "Monsters University," "The Heat," and "The Internship." Apparently plenty of teens have lenient parents these days, given the presence of the R-rated comedy "The Heat," whose often-raunchy dialogue was strong enough to merit a red-band trailer.
Both stars of "The Heat," Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy, were nominated for Choice Summer Movie Star: Female, as well as Amy Adams for "Man Of Steel," Michelle Rodriguez for "Fast and Furious 6," and Zoe Saldana for "Star Trek: Into Darkness." As for the leading men, critics have been divided on Johnny Depp's eccentric performance as Tonto in "The Lone Ranger," but he gets a thumbs-up from Teen Choice Awards. He's been nominated for Choice Summer Movie Star: Male, along with Henry Cavill for "Man of Steel," Dwayne Johnson for "Fast and Furious 6," Chris Pine for "Star Trek: Into Darkness," and Channing Tatum for "White House Down."
The Teen Choice awards also reward actors who clicked on screen, and along with Downey and Cheadle, nominees for Choice Movie: Chemistry are Bullock and McCarthy in "The Heat," Depp and Armie Hammer in "The Lone Ranger," Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, and Paul in "Fast and Furious 6," and Jamie Foxx and Channing Tatum in "White House Down."
Because it's the Teen Choice Awards, there are also a few fun categories you're not going to see at the Oscars or the Cannes Film Festival. Great screen kissing gets its due in the Choice Movie: Liplock category. Smoochers nominated this year are Amy Adams and Henry Cavill for "Man of Steel," Skylar Astin and Anna Kendrick for "Pitch Perfect," Alden Ehrecreich and Alice Englert in "Beautiful Creatures," Logan Lerman and Emma Watson in "The Perks of Being a Wallflower," and Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart in "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 2."
And the Teen Choice awards actually give out a prize for Best Hissy Fit. Competing for most entertaining tantrum are Steve Carell in "Despicable Me 2," Taylor Lautner in "Grown Ups 2," Melissa McCarty in "The Heat," Channing Tatum in "White House Down," and the team of Anna Camp, Hana Mae Lee, Brittany Snow and Rebel Wilson in "Pitch Perfect."
The Teen Choice Awards also hand out trophies for television shows and music, and fans aged 13 to 19 can vote for their favorites at www.teenchoiceawards.com.
The awards will be presented live on Fox TV Sunday, August 11. Don't expect Robert Downey Jr. to attend (he'll probably be busy with his accountant anyway), though Paramore, One Direction, Demi Lovato, Chloe Grace Moretz and Simon Hedberg are among the many stars announced to appear on the show.
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