MTV Movie Award for Best Performance

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This is a following list of the MTV Movie Award winners and nominees for Best Performance from 1992 onward. In all but two years, the awards are separated into Male and Female categories.

Winners and nominees[edit]

1990s[edit]

Year Category Actor Film Character
1992
1st
Male Performance
Arnold Schwarzenegger Terminator 2: Judgment Day The Terminator
Kevin Costner Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves Robin Hood
Robert De Niro Cape Fear Max Cady
Val Kilmer The Doors Jim Morrison
Robin Williams The Fisher King Henry Sagan/Parry
Female Performance
Linda Hamilton Terminator 2: Judgment Day Sarah Connor
Geena Davis Thelma and Louise Thelma Dickinson
Rebecca De Mornay The Hand That Rocks the Cradle Peyton Flanders
Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves Maid Marian
Julia Roberts Dying Young Hilary O'Neil
1993
2nd
Male Performance
Denzel Washington Malcolm X Malcolm X
Kevin Costner The Bodyguard Frank Farmer
Tom Cruise A Few Good Men Lieutenant Daniel Kaffee
Michael Douglas Basic Instinct Nick Curran
Jack Nicholson A Few Good Men Col. Nathan Jessep
Female Performance
Sharon Stone Basic Instinct Catherine Tramell
Geena Davis A League of Their Own Dottie Hinson
Whoopi Goldberg Sister Act Deloris Van Cartier
Demi Moore A Few Good Men Lt. Commander Joanne Galloway
Whitney Houston The Bodyguard Rachel Marron
1994
3rd
Male Performance
Tom Hanks Philadelphia Andrew Beckett
Tom Cruise The Firm Mitch McDeere
Harrison Ford The Fugitive Dr. Richard Kimble
Val Kilmer Tombstone Doc Holliday
Robin Williams Mrs. Doubtfire Daniel Hillard / Mrs. Doubtfire
Female Performance
Janet Jackson Poetic Justice Justice
Angela Bassett What's Love Got to Do with It Tina Turner
Demi Moore Indecent Proposal Diana Murphy
Julia Roberts The Pelican Brief Darby Shaw
Meg Ryan Sleepless in Seattle Annie Reed
1995
4th
Male Performance
Brad Pitt Interview with the Vampire Louis
Tom Hanks Forrest Gump Forrest Gump
Brandon Lee The Crow Eric Draven/The Crow
Keanu Reeves Speed Jack Traven
John Travolta Pulp Fiction Vincent Vega
Female Performance
Sandra Bullock Speed Annie Porter
Jamie Lee Curtis True Lies Helen Tasker
Jodie Foster Nell Nell Kellty
Meg Ryan When a Man Loves a Woman Alice Green
Uma Thurman Pulp Fiction Mia Wallace
1996
5th
Male Performance
Jim Carrey Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls Ace Ventura
Mel Gibson Braveheart William Wallace
Tom Hanks Apollo 13 Jim Lovell
Brad Pitt 12 Monkeys Jeffrey Goines
Denzel Washington Crimson Tide Lieutenant Commander Ron Hunter
Female Performance
Alicia Silverstone Clueless Cher Horowitz
Sandra Bullock While You Were Sleeping Lucy Eleanor Moderatz
Michelle Pfeiffer Dangerous Minds LouAnne Johnson
Susan Sarandon Dead Man Walking Sister Helen Prejean
Sharon Stone Casino Ginger McKenna
1997
6th
Male Performance
Tom Cruise Jerry Maguire Jerry Maguire
Leonardo DiCaprio Romeo + Juliet Romeo
Eddie Murphy The Nutty Professor Sherman Klump
Will Smith Independence Day Steven Hiller
John Travolta Phenomenon George Malley
Female Performance
Claire Danes Romeo + Juliet Juliet
Sandra Bullock A Time to Kill Ellen Roark
Neve Campbell Scream Sidney Prescott
Helen Hunt Twister Jo Harding
Madonna Evita Eva Peron
1998
7th
Male Performance
Leonardo DiCaprio Titanic Jack Dawson
Nicolas Cage Face/Off Castor Troy
Matt Damon Good Will Hunting Will Hunting
Samuel L. Jackson Jackie Brown Ordell Robbie
John Travolta Face/Off Sean Archer
Female Performance
Neve Campbell Scream 2 Sidney Prescott
Vivica A. Fox Soul Food Maxine Chadway
Helen Hunt As Good as It Gets Carol Connelly
Julia Roberts My Best Friend's Wedding Julianne Potters
Kate Winslet Titanic Rose DeWitt Bukater
1999
8th
Male Performance
Jim Carrey The Truman Show Truman Burbank
Ben Affleck Armageddon A.J. Frost
Tom Hanks Saving Private Ryan John Miller
Adam Sandler The Waterboy Bobby Boucher
Will Smith Enemy of the State Robert Dean
Female Performance
Cameron Diaz There's Something About Mary Mary Jensen
Jennifer Love Hewitt Can't Hardly Wait Amanda Beckett
Jennifer Lopez Out of Sight Karen Sisco
Gwyneth Paltrow Shakespeare in Love Viola de Lesseps
Liv Tyler Armageddon Grace Stamper

2000s[edit]

Year Category Actor Film Character
2000
9th
Male Performance
Keanu Reeves The Matrix Neo
Jim Carrey Man on the Moon Andy Kaufman
Ryan Phillippe Cruel Intentions Sebastian Valmont
Adam Sandler Big Daddy Sonny Koufax
Bruce Willis The Sixth Sense Dr. Malcolm Crowe
Female Performance
Sarah Michelle Gellar Cruel Intentions Kathryn
Drew Barrymore Never Been Kissed Josie Geller
Neve Campbell Scream 3 Sidney Prescott
Ashley Judd Double Jeopardy Libby Parsons
Julia Roberts Runaway Bride Maggie Carpenter
2001
10th
Male Performance
Tom Cruise Mission: Impossible II Ethan Hunt
Russell Crowe Gladiator Maximus
Omar Epps Love & Basketball Quincy McCall
Mel Gibson The Patriot Benjamin Martin
Tom Hanks Cast Away Chuck Noland
Female Performance
Julia Roberts Erin Brockovich Erin Brockovich
Aaliyah Romeo Must Die Trish O'Day
Kate Hudson Almost Famous Penny Lane
Jennifer Lopez The Cell Dr. Catherine Deane
Julia Stiles Save the Last Dance Sara Johnson
2002
11th
Male Performance
Will Smith Ali Muhammad Ali
Russell Crowe A Beautiful Mind John Nash
Josh Hartnett Pearl Harbor Lieutenant Danny Walker
Vin Diesel The Fast and the Furious Dominic Toretto
Elijah Wood The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Frodo Baggins
Female Performance
Nicole Kidman Moulin Rouge! Satine
Kate Beckinsale Pearl Harbor Nurse Evelyn Johnson
Halle Berry Monster's Ball Leticia Musgrove
Angelina Jolie Lara Croft: Tomb Raider Lara Croft
Reese Witherspoon Legally Blonde Elle Woods
2003
12th
Male Performance
Eminem 8 Mile Jimmy "B-Rabbit" Smith
Vin Diesel xXx Xander Cage
Leonardo DiCaprio Catch Me If You Can Frank Abagnale
Tobey Maguire Spider-Man Peter Parker / Spider-Man
Viggo Mortensen The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Aragorn
Female Performance
Kirsten Dunst Spider-Man Mary Jane Watson
Halle Berry Die Another Day Jinx
Kate Hudson How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days Andie Anderson
Queen Latifah Chicago Matron Morton
Reese Witherspoon Sweet Home Alabama Melanie Carmichael
2004
13th
Male Performance
Johnny Depp Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl Jack Sparrow
Jim Caviezel The Passion of the Christ Jesus Christ
Tom Cruise The Last Samurai Cpt. Nathan Algren
Bill Murray Lost in Translation Bob Harris
Adam Sandler 50 First Dates Henry Roth
Female Performance
Uma Thurman Kill Bill: Volume 1 The Bride
Drew Barrymore 50 First Dates Lucy Whitmore
Halle Berry Gothika Miranda Grey
Queen Latifah Bringing Down the House Charlene Morton
Charlize Theron Monster Aileen Wuornos
2005
14th
Male Performance
Leonardo DiCaprio The Aviator Howard Hughes
Matt Damon The Bourne Supremacy Jason Bourne
Jamie Foxx Ray Ray Charles
Brad Pitt Troy Achilles
Will Smith Hitch Hitch
Female Performance
Lindsay Lohan Mean Girls Cady Heron
Rachel McAdams The Notebook Allie Hamilton
Natalie Portman Garden State Sam
Hilary Swank Million Dollar Baby Maggie Fitzgerald
Uma Thurman Kill Bill: Volume 2 The Bride
2006
15th
Best Performance
(Combined)
Jake Gyllenhaal Brokeback Mountain Jack Twist
Steve Carell The 40-Year-Old Virgin Andy Stitzer
Terrence Howard Hustle & Flow DJay
Rachel McAdams Red Eye Lisa Reisert
Joaquin Phoenix Walk the Line Johnny Cash
Reese Witherspoon Walk the Line June Carter Cash
2007
16th
Best Performance
(Combined)
Johnny Depp Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest Jack Sparrow
Gerard Butler 300 Leonidas
Jennifer Hudson Dreamgirls Effie White
Keira Knightley Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest Elizabeth
Beyoncé Dreamgirls Deena Jones
Will Smith The Pursuit of Happyness Chris Gardner
2008
17th
Male Performance
Will Smith I Am Legend Robert Neville
Michael Cera Juno Paulie Bleeker
Matt Damon The Bourne Ultimatum Jason Bourne
Shia LaBeouf Transformers Sam Witwicky
Denzel Washington American Gangster Frank Lucas
Female Performance
Ellen Page Juno Juno MacGuff
Amy Adams Enchanted Giselle
Jessica Biel I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry Alex McDonough
Katherine Heigl Knocked Up Alison Scott
Keira Knightley Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End Elizabeth
2009
18th
Male Performance
Zac Efron High School Musical 3: Senior Year Troy Bolton
Christian Bale The Dark Knight Bruce Wayne / Batman
Vin Diesel Fast & Furious Dominic Toretto
Robert Downey, Jr. Iron Man Tony Stark / Iron Man
Shia LaBeouf Eagle Eye Jerry & Ethan Shaw
Female Performance
Kristen Stewart Twilight Bella Swan
Anne Hathaway Bride Wars Emma Allen
Taraji P. Henson The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Queenie
Angelina Jolie Wanted Fox
Kate Winslet The Reader Hanna Schmitz

2010s[edit]

Year Category Actor Film Character
2010
19th
Male Performance
Robert Pattinson The Twilight Saga: New Moon Edward Cullen
Zac Efron 17 Again Mike O'Donnell
Taylor Lautner The Twilight Saga: New Moon Jacob Black
Daniel Radcliffe Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Harry Potter
Channing Tatum Dear John John Tyree
Female Performance
Kristen Stewart The Twilight Saga: New Moon Bella Swan
Sandra Bullock The Blind Side Leigh Anne Tuohy
Zoe Saldana Avatar Neytiri
Amanda Seyfried Dear John Savannah Lynn Curtis
Emma Watson Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Hermione Granger
2011
20th
Male Performance
Robert Pattinson The Twilight Saga: Eclipse Edward Cullen
Zac Efron Charlie St. Cloud Charlie St. Cloud
Jesse Eisenberg The Social Network Mark Zuckerberg
Taylor Lautner The Twilight Saga: Eclipse Jacob Black
Daniel Radcliffe Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 Harry Potter
Female Performance
Kristen Stewart The Twilight Saga: Eclipse Bella Swan
Jennifer Aniston Just Go with It Katherine Murphy/"Devlin Maccabee"
Natalie Portman Black Swan Nina Sayers
Emma Stone Easy A Olive Penderghast
Emma Watson Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 Hermione Granger
2012
21st
Male Performance
Josh Hutcherson The Hunger Games Peeta Mellark
Joseph Gordon-Levitt 50/50 Adam Lerner
Ryan Gosling Drive Driver
Daniel Radcliffe Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 Harry Potter
Channing Tatum The Vow Leo Collins
Female Performance
Jennifer Lawrence The Hunger Games Katniss Everdeen
Rooney Mara The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Lisbeth Salander
Kristen Wiig Bridesmaids Annie Walker
Emma Stone Crazy, Stupid, Love Hannah Weaver
Emma Watson Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 Hermione Granger
2013
22nd
Male Performance
Bradley Cooper Silver Linings Playbook Pat Solitano Jr.
Ben Affleck Argo Tony Mendez
Channing Tatum Magic Mike Michael "Magic Mike" Lane
Daniel Day-Lewis Lincoln Abraham Lincoln
Jamie Foxx Django Unchained Django
Female Performance
Jennifer Lawrence Silver Linings Playbook Tiffany Maxwell
Anne Hathaway Les Misérables Fantine
Mila Kunis Ted Lori Collins
Emma Watson The Perks of Being a Wallflower Sam
Rebel Wilson Pitch Perfect Fat Amy
2014
23rd
Male Performance
Josh Hutcherson The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Peeta Mellark
Bradley Cooper American Hustle Richie DiMaso
Chiwetel Ejiofor 12 Years a Slave Solomon Northup
Leonardo DiCaprio The Wolf of Wall Street Jordan Belfort
Matthew McConaughey Dallas Buyers Club Ron Woodroof
Female Performance
Jennifer Lawrence The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Katniss Everdeen
Amy Adams American Hustle Sydney Prosser
Jennifer Aniston We're the Millers Rose O'Reilly
Lupita Nyong'o 12 Years a Slave Patsey
Sandra Bullock Gravity Dr. Ryan Stone
2015
24th
Male Performance
Bradley Cooper American Sniper Chris Kyle
Ansel Elgort The Fault in Our Stars Augustus Waters
Channing Tatum Foxcatcher Mark Schultz
Chris Pratt Guardians of the Galaxy Peter Quill / Star-Lord
Miles Teller Whiplash Andrew Neiman
Female Performance
Shailene Woodley The Fault in Our Stars Hazel Grace Lancaster
Scarlett Johansson Lucy Lucy
Jennifer Lawrence The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 Katniss Everdeen
Emma Stone Birdman Sam Thomson
Reese Witherspoon Wild Cheryl Strayed
2016
25th
Male Performance
Leonardo DiCaprio The Revenant Hugh Glass
Matt Damon The Martian Mark Watney
Michael B. Jordan Creed Adonis Creed
Chris Pratt Jurassic World Owen Grady
Ryan Reynolds Deadpool Wade Wilson / Deadpool
Will Smith Concussion Dr. Bennet Omalu
Female Performance
Charlize Theron Mad Max: Fury Road Imperator Furiosa
Alicia Vikander Ex Machina Ava
Anna Kendrick Pitch Perfect 2 Beca Mitchell
Daisy Ridley Star Wars: The Force Awakens Rey
Jennifer Lawrence Joy Joy Mangano
Morena Baccarin Deadpool Vanessa James

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