By Stephen M. Silverman
Updated April 15, 2003 11:55 AM
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The Oscars happened nearly a month ago, but MTV isn’t ready to call off awards season just yet.

The network announced its free-for-all MTV Movie Award nominees Monday, with the winners named at a June 6 ceremony.

The top contenders: “Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers” and “Spider-Man” each scored eight nominations, including nods for best film. Other nominees in that category are Ice Cube’s “Barbershop,” “The Ring” and “8 Mile,” whose star, Eminem, is also in the running for best actor.

Other acting nominees: Tobey Maguire (“Spider-Man”), Vin Diesel (“XXX”), Leonardo DiCaprio (“Catch Me If You Can”) and Viggo Mortensen (“The Two Towers”). Among the women: Kirsten Dunst (“Spider-Man”), Reese Witherspoon (“Sweet Home Alabama”), Halle Berry (“Die Another Day”), Kate Hudson (“How To Lose a Guy In 10 Days”) and Queen Latifah (“Chicago”) will be vying for the prize.

A favorite MTV category (besides that for best light-saber contest) is best screen kiss. This year’s best lip smackers are Maguire and Dunst (“Spider-Man”), Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner (“Daredevil”), Nick Cannon and Zoe Saldana (“Drumline”), DiCaprio and Cameron Diaz (“Gangs of New York”); and Adam Sandler and Emily Watson (“Punch-Drunk Love”).

And in the new category, for best digital performance, the nominees are Yoda from “Star Wars: Episode II — Attack of the Clones”; Scooby-Doo from “Scooby-Doo,” Gollum from “The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers,” Dobby from “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets,” and Kangaroo Jack from the motion picture of the same name.

“We plan on mounting the funniest, loudest, most high-flying show to date,” the show’s executive producer, Joel Gallen, said in a statement. MTV viewers will vote their hearts and minds in determining who wins.