This year’s MTV Movie & TV Awards ceremony took place Monday 18 June at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California.
Every year the MTV Movie & TV Awards highlight unconventional achievements in film and television. Hosted by Tiffany Haddish, the awards show featured genderless categories for the second time in a row.
Following the golden popcorn award ceremony, let’s have a closer look at the winners.
Black Panther received the highest honour of the night, taking home the award for Best Movie. Following its release, the Marvel film received outstanding praise from critics for its direction, screenplay, acting, production, costume design, soundtrack, and for its cultural significance. Black Panther grossed over $1.3 billion worldwide, and became the second-highest-grossing film of 2018, the third-highest-grossing film ever in the United States, the ninth-highest-grossing film of all time, and the highest-grossing film by a black director.
The film's stars, Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan and Winston Duke, accepted the award, beating Avengers: Infinity War, Girls Trip, IT and Wonder Woman.
Competing against 13 Reasons Why, Game of Thrones, Grown-ish and Riverdale, Netflix’s Stranger Things won the award for Best Show.
Set in the fictional town of Hawkins in the 1980s, Stranger Things follows the lives of four friends, along with a girl named Eleven, who has supernatural powers.
Created by the Duffer Brothers, the American sci-fi series received critical acclaim for its characterization, pacing, atmosphere, acting, soundtrack, directing, writing, and homages to 1980s genre films. The series has received several industry nominations and awards, including winning the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series in 2016, and receiving nineteen nominations for the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Drama Series.
Best Performance in a Movie:
Another win for Black Panther as Chadwick Boseman received the award for Best Performance in a Movie. Timothée Chalamet (Call Me By Your Name), Ansel Elgort (Baby Driver), Daisy Ridley (Star Wars: The Last Jedi), and Saoirse Ronan (Lady Bird) were all nominated for the award.
Boseman started playing the Marvel Comics character T'Challa/Black Panther in 2016, with Captain America: Civil War being his first film in a five-picture deal with Marvel. He headlined Black Panther in 2018, which focused on his character and his home country of Wakanda and reprised the role in Avengers: Infinity War.
Best Performance in a Show:
English actress Millie Bobby Brown won the Best Performance in a Show award for her brilliant acting in Stranger Things.
The 14-year-old actress accepted her award through a pre-recorded acceptance speech as she could not attend the ceremony.
Nominated in the Best Hero category were Chadwick Boseman (Black Panther), Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones), Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman), Grant Gustin (The Flash), and Daisy Ridley (Star Wars: The Last Jedi).
The award was, once again, won by Chadwick Boseman in Black Panther.
In a winning streak for Black Panther, Michael B. Jordan takes home the award for Best Villain.
Josh Brolin (Avengers: Infinity War), Adam Driver (Star Wars: The Last Jedi), Aubrey Plaza (Legion) and Bill Skarsgard (IT) were all nominated in the category.
Michael B. Jordan is an American actor mostly known for his film roles as shooting victim Oscar Grant in the drama Fruitvale Station (2013), amateur boxer Adonis Creed in the Rocky sequel film Creed (2015), and antagonist Erik Killmonger in the Marvel Cinematic Universe superhero film Black Panther (2018) for which he won this award.
In one of the more unconventional categories, Nick Robinson and Keiynan Lonsdale take home the award for Best Kiss for their performance in Love, Simon.
Australian actor, dancer and singer-songwriter Keiynan Lonsdale accepted the award which was presented by the cast of 13 Reasons Why.
Nick Robinson and Keiynan Lonsdale play the roles of Simon Spier and Abraham "Bram" Greenfeld in the American romantic teen comedy-drama film Love, Simon directed by Greg Berlanti. The film follows the life of Simon Spier, a closeted gay high school boy who is forced to balance his friends, his family, and the blackmailer threatening to ‘out’ him to the entire school, while simultaneously attempting to discover the identity of the anonymous classmate with whom he has fallen in love online.
Gina Rodriguez and Justin Baldoni (Jane The Virgin), Olivia Cooke and Tye Sheridan (Ready Player One), KJ Apa and Camila Mendes (Riverdale), and Finn Wolfhard and Millie Bobby Brown (Stranger Things) were also nominated for the award.
Most Frightened Performance:
Noah Schnapp (Stranger Things) received the award for Most Frightened Performance for his portrayal of Will Byers in the show, competing against Talitha Bateman (Annabelle: Creation), Emily Blunt (A Quiet Place), Sophie Lillis (IT) and Cristin Milioti (Black Mirror).
Best On-Screen Team:
The IT cast won the award for Best On-Screen Team.
IT is an American supernatural horror film directed by Andy Muschietti which tells the story of seven children in Derry, Maine, who are terrorized by a shapeshifting monster which disguises itself as a clown.
The film previously won the Golden Trailer Award for Best Horror.
Best Comedic Performance:
Ceremony host Tiffany Haddish takes home the Golden Popcorn award for Best comedic Performance.
Tiffany Haddish is an American comedian and actress who gained prominence as Jackie on If Loving You Is Wrong. After appearing in the 2016 comedy film Keanu, Haddish made her film breakthrough as Dina in the 2017 film Girls Trip, for which she received critical acclaim. In 2018, Haddish was included on Time's annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world.
Jack Black (Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle), Dan Levy (Schitt’s Creek), Kate McKinnon (Saturday Night Live) and Amy Schumer (I Feel Pretty) were also nominated for the award.
Beating Tiffany Haddish (Girls Trip), Dacre Montgomery (Stranger Things), Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok) and Letitia Wright (Black Panther), Madelaine Petsch takes home the Scene Stealer award for her performance in Riverdale.
Madelaine Petsch plays the role of Cheryl on the teen drama television series. Riverdale, which is based on the characters of Archie comics, follows the life of Archie Andrews in the small town of Riverdale and explores the darkness hidden behind its seemingly perfect image.
Up against ‘Atomic Blonde’, ‘Avengers: Infinity War’, ‘Black Panther’ and ‘Thor: Ragnarok’, ‘Wonder Woman’ wins the Best Fight award.
Wonder Woman is a 2017 American superhero film based on the DC Comics character of the same name.
Starring Gal Gadot, the film received praise for its performances (particularly those of Gadot and Pine), direction, action sequences, and score.
The scene in question is the ‘No Man’s Land’ sequence. “It’s my favorite scene in the movie and it's the most important scene in the movie,” director Patty Jenkins revealed in an intervie. “It’s also the scene that made the least sense to other people going in, which is why it's a wonderful victory for me.”
“I think that in superhero movies, they fight other people, they fight villains,” Jenkins continued. “So when I started to really hunker in on the significance of No Man's Land, there were a couple people who were deeply confused, wondering, like, ‘Well, what is she going to do? How many bullets can she fight?’ And I kept saying, ‘It's not about that. This is a different scene than that. This is a scene about her becoming Wonder Woman.’”
“From the very beginning, that scene was kind of our equivalent of Christopher Reeve revealing his S for the first time and saving Lois Lane from the falling helicopter or the first time when Christian Bale is Batman and he's moving so fast you can't see him in Batman Begins,” cinematographer Matthew Jensen said. “We knew the whole movie was building up to this whole moment when she first reveals herself as Wonder Woman. We knew we had to take the approach of Hitchcock in a certain way, you're holding back, your holding back. You are creating anticipation for that moment. And then, of course, doing the moment justice by not only revealing her in the full costume but also revealing her enormous and awesome abilities. That was a major sequence that was developed by Patty and the pre-vis artists and the stunt guys who did a lot of stunts through previsualization to show what was possible."
Best Music Documentary:
Lady Gaga’s documentary Gaga: Five Foot Two won the Best Music Documentary award. The film, which follows the events around the production of Lady Gaga’s fifth studio album, was up against ‘Cant Stop, Won’t Stop: A Bad Boy Story’, ‘Demi Lovato: Simply Complicated’, ‘Jay-Z’s ‘Footnotes for 4:44’’ and ‘The Defiant Ones’.
The film was directed by Chris Moukarbel, and produced by Bobby Campbell, Chris Moukarbel, Heather Parry, and Lady Gaga.
Best Reality Series/Franchise:
Keeping Up with the Kardashians on the Best Reality Series/Franchise award, against Love & Hip Hop, The Real Housewives, RuPaul’s Drag Race and Vanderpump Rules.
Best Musical Moment:
The scene where Mike and Eleven dance to ‘Every breath you Take’ in Stranger Things won Best Musical Moment. ‘Black-ish’, ‘Call Me By Your Name’, ‘Girls Trip’, ‘Love, Simon’, ‘The Greatest Snowman’, ‘This is Us’ and ‘Riverdale’ were also nominated for the award.
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