HOLLYWOOD—For the first time in history, the MTV Movie Awards has decided to combine the world of television with the world of cinema to celebrate all things great in pop culture. Yep, it’s a first and indeed an interesting take on seeing some of the best from television go toe-to-toe with those on the big screen. The ceremony was held at the famed Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.
Hosting this year’s ceremony was “Workaholics” actor Adam Devine. Devine, who is no novice to the world of comedy, opened the show in a big way people. Dying to know how? Well, he kicked things off with a song and dance medley taking on the Disney classic “Beauty and the Beast” with the assistance of Josh Gad. It was a bit overdramatic and full of theatrics, which delivered a few laughs, but not as many as I think the host expected.
The first award of the night, Best Actor in a Movie went to Emma Watson for “Beauty and the Beast.” I honestly thought Watson’s speech was spot on about the importance of not separating performances based on gender. Imagine if all the awards ceremonies just placed the best performances into one category; it might be quite competitive to say the least.
Continuing the trend, the prize for Best Actor in a Show went to Millie Bobby Brown for “Stranger Things” who was visibly in tears as she took to the stage to accept her award. Jeez, I so can’t wait for the second season of this series to arrive on Netflix this fall. In another funny gig, Adam dressed as Spider-Man before audiences were treated to an exclusive look at “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” which hasn’t spoiled anything that audiences haven’t already seen from previous trailers.
The MTV Popcorn award for Best Duo might have been one of the most competitive races of the night if you ask me, but in the end it was Hugh Jackman and Dafne Keen who were victorious for their performance in “Logan.” It was a funny moment to see the little tike take control of the stage from the great Jackman. There was a bit of music at the ceremony by Noah Cyrus, and I must say I’ve never heard this song before, but the melody was quite contagious to say the least. The beat to this song is inescapable.
An award that has consistently been a moment year after year at the ceremony has been the prize for Best Kiss. It was a funny exchange between Lil Rey and Allison Williams from “Get Out” as they presented the award to Ashton Sanders and Jharrel Jerome from “Moonlight.” It was a movie that changed the cinematic universe in the past year. In a new race, the award for Best Fight Against the System went to “Hidden Figures” which was accepted on behalf of Taraji P. Henson. Henson gave a rousing speech about the importance of American history, and dispel that long believed myth that mathematics and science are not for women.
“Wonder Woman” star and “Fast and Furious” alum Gal Gadot presented Vin Diesel with the Generation Award. He absolutely had a point in his speech pointing out the franchise’s ongoing tradition of celebrating diversity. I will admit the great thing about the awards show was getting all those nifty sneak peaks at upcoming films hitting theaters in the coming months. Ok, slightly thrown by the idea of giving out a Future/Next Generation prize, doesn’t that go against the idea of honoring someone’s entire body of work? Anyway the prize went to Daniel Kaluuya from “Get Out.” We got a sneak peek at the highly anticipated remake “It,” which will arrive in September, and I seriously cannot wait to see this horror flick.
That “Stranger Things” spoof was hilarious people, I mean seriously funny. After what seemed like quite some time since an award was handed out, Best Tearjerker was a victory for “This is Us,” which has delivered more sad moments in one season than most series presents in their entire life-span. It was absolutely a well-deserved win for the breakout series.
Trevor Noah took home the popcorn prize for the Best Host beating out RuPaul who many expected to be victorious in this category. While losing the hosting gig, “RuPaul’s Drag Race” won for Best Reality Competition Series. Seems like more performances were hitting the stage than actual awards at this ceremony, which is usually known for one musical act. However, viewers were delivered another musical performance by rapper Big Sean.
Goldie Hawn and Amy Schumer presented the prize for Movie of the Year, while promoting their new comedy “Snatched.” Not as competitive of a race as in previous years, but the ladies decided to poke a little fun with the Oscar fiasco, before revealing it was “Beauty and the Beast” that took top honors. Mark Wahlberg gave audiences a sneak peek at the fifth installment in the “Transformers” franchise, “Transformers: The Last Knight.”
It was indeed a poignant moment to see the cast of the hit series “13 Reasons Why” present the award for Show of the Year to “Stranger Things.” So the 2017 MTV Movie Awards umm, Movie & TV Awards are in the record books and “Stranger Things” and “Beauty and the Beast” were the night’s big winners. Starting to wonder what films and TV shows will reign supreme at the 2018 ceremony.