Dreamworks, the studio behind Oscar-winning American Beauty has refused to let MTV use a clip of Kevin Spacey and Mena Suvari in a clinch for the network's ninth annual Movie Awards, despite the smooch snagging a viewers' nomination for best onscreen kiss.
Awards show producer Joel Gallen says the nomination was pulled because DreamWorks disapproved.
"They wouldn't clear it for us. It's a shame," Gallen says. "We generate nominees by viewer survey, and that came in the top five, but the only way it works is if we get the clips. Obviously, it was a very controversial kiss, and DreamWorks felt it was out of context without being part of the overall movie."
American Beauty's questionable kiss features Kevin Spacey's 40-something character realising his fantasies surrounding his teenage daughter's nubile best friend.
A DreamWorks spokesperson said the studio didn't want the scene glorified by MTV's light-hearted award for best onscreen kiss.
"It's inappropriate to celebrate a relationship between a 16-year-old girl and a 40-year-old man within the context of a 'Best Kiss' clip" a representative said. "Within the context of the entire movie, the relationship is made clear, and the kiss is seen as inappropriate."