Which MTV Cast Member’s Life Story Would Win Oscar Gold?

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By Sarah Crow

The Oscars may have come and gone, leaving MTV (kind of) alum Jennifer Lawrence the evening’s heroine, but it’s never too soon to start placing bets on the next big name to take home the little gold man. Based on this year’s top films, like “Argo” and “Lincoln,” it seems that viewers can’t get enough of pictures based on real life events, so we wondered which MTV cast members’ stories would make bank at the box office. Here are some of our top picks — vote on whose biography would draw the largest crowd, or let us know who you’d add to the list!

Vinny (“The Show With Vinny“): The beginning of funnyman Vinny’s life was no laughing matter. But after almost dying at birth, the Staten Island native made it his mission to take the world by storm, graduating from college with a 3.9 GPA, interning with a state assemblyman, creating a line of anti-bullying t-shirts and still finding time to make it to the gym and laundromat. Not to mention, he’s ready to break out on the hosting circuit with his own show!

Rob Dyrdek (“Ridiculousness“): Rob Dyrdek is more than just a ridiculous human — he’s a visionary entrepreneur. When he was 12 years old, he earned his first skating sponsorship, going pro only four years later. Plus, in between hosting “Rob & Big,” “Fantasy Factory” and “Ridiculousness,” he managed to set 21 Guinness World Records. Yeahhhh, no biggie.

Leah Calvert  (“Teen Mom 2“): Judging from this year’s Best Picture nods for “Amour” and “Silver Linings Playbook,” Hollywood sure loves a complicated love story, and boy howdy, does Leah ever have one. After getting pregnant with twins as a teen, Messer Simms Calvert has juggled the hardships of unplanned parenthood and learning how to nurture a special needs child, all while trying to save a crumbling relationship. A marriage, divorce, miscarriage, another marriage and baby later, we’re surprised this girl doesn’t have at least a country song written about her already.

Jimmy (“Washington Heights“): Like many Academy Award heroes, Jimmy’s a kid with big dreams in a tough situation. With an absentee mom, a dad in jail and his pro baseball hopes being the ticket to a better life, he’s got the kind of hard-knock story that makes you root for him on-screen and off.

Rose (“Catfish“): One of the craziest “Catfish” episodes of all time centered around Rose, a young woman who had, through technology and trickery, convinced a web of people (including a talent manager), that she was Kari Ann Peniche. Rose’s off-the-rails story has all of the elements necessary for a big-screen smash hit: fake identities, cars ominously driving down long dirt roads, celebrities and heartbreak. At the very least, her Lifetime TV movie writes itself.

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