MTV pits everyone against everything with rebranded Movie & TV Awards

New awards at the show include 'Best Fight Against the System' and 'Tearjerker'

MTV pits everyone against everything with rebranded Movie & TV Awards


With television entertainment at its peak cultural relevance, this year’s MTV Movie Awards will recognise the impact of the small screen for the first time – rebranded as the MTV Movie & TV Awards.

The ceremony, first awarded in 1992, will also see two other major changes introduced at this year’s inaugural double ceremony; MTV will be adopting a non-binary approach in all categories, meaning men and women and films and TV shows will be battling it out against each other in every category.

The MTV Awards are not the first to approach gender blindly when it comes to performance; the Television Critics Association awards ‘Individual Achievement’ in various categories, regardless of whether that achievement is attributed to an actor or actress.

The Grammy Awards also recently dropped gendered categories, offering unisex gongs for the likes of ‘Best Pop Solo Performance’.

As well as casting a blind eye to gender, the MTV Movie & TV Awards will also pit film and TV in direct competition with each other, meaning the show’s famous category ‘Best Villain’ sees Jared Leto’s incarnation of the Joker in Suicide Squad going head to head with Stranger Things Demogorgon.

New categories introduced for the revamped awards include ‘Show of the Year’, ‘Best Host’, ‘Best Reality Competition’, ‘Tearjerker’, ‘Next Generation’. The awards won’t shy away from politics, also introducing ‘Best American Story’, to honour a film or TV series showcasing an open and diverse United States, and ‘Best Fight Against the System’, featuring characters standing up to an adverse society.

The full nominations are listed below, with Get Out leading the charge with six. Comic actor Adam Devine will host the show on Sunday, May 7th.

Movie of the Year

“Beauty and the Beast”
“Get Out”
“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”
“The Edge of Seventeen”

Best Actor in a Movie

Daniel Kaluuya – “Get Out”
Emma Watson – “Beauty and the Beast”
Hailee Steinfeld – “The Edge of Seventeen”
Hugh Jackman – “Logan”
James McAvoy – “Split”
Taraji P. Henson – “Hidden Figures”

Show of the Year

“Game of Thrones”
“Pretty Little Liars’
“Stranger Things”
“This Is Us”

Best Actor in a Show

Donald Glover – “Atlanta”
Emilia Clarke – “Game of Thrones”
Gina Rodriguez – “Jane the Virgin”
Jeffrey Dean Morgan – “The Walking Dead”
Mandy Moore – “This Is Us”
Millie Bobby Brown – “Stranger Things”

Best Kiss

Ashton Sanders & Jharrel Jerome – “Moonlight”
Emma Stone & Ryan Gosling – “La La Land”
Emma Watson & Dan Stevens – “Beauty and the Beast”
Taraji P. Henson & Terrence Howard – “Empire”
Zac Efron & Anna Kendrick – “Mike & Dave Need Wedding Dates”

Best Villain

Allison Williams – “Get Out”
Demogorgon – “Stranger Things”
Jared Leto – “Suicide Squad”
Jeffrey Dean Morgan – “The Walking Dead”
Wes Bentley – “American Horror Story”

Best Host

Ellen DeGeneres – “The Ellen DeGeneres Show”
John Oliver – “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver”
RuPaul – “RuPaul’s Drag Race”
Samantha Bee – “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee”
Trevor Noah – “The Daily Show”

Best Documentary

“I Am Not Your Negro”
“O.J.: Made in America”
“This is Everything: Gigi Gorgeous”
“TIME: The Kalief Browder Story”

Best Reality Competition

“America’s Got Talent”
“MasterChef Junior”
“RuPaul’s Drag Race”
“The Bachelor”
“The Voice”

Best Comedic Performance

Adam Devine – “Workaholics”
Ilana Glazer & Abbi Jacobson – “Broad City”
Lil Rel Howery – “Get Out”
Seth MacFarlane – “Family Guy”
Seth Rogen – “Sausage Party”
Will Arnett – “The LEGO Batman Movie”

Best Hero

Felicity Jones – “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”
Grant Gustin – “The Flash”
Mike Colter – “Luke Cage”
Millie Bobby Brown – “Stranger Things”
Stephen Amell – “Arrow”
Taraji P. Henson – “Hidden Figures”


“Game of Thrones” – Hodor’s (Kristian Nairn) Death
“Grey’s Anatomy” – Meredith tells her children about Derek’s death (Ellen Pompeo)
“Me Before You” – Will (Sam Claflin) tells Louisa (Emilia Clarke) he can’t stay with her
“Moonlight” – Paula (Naomie Harris) tells Chiron (Trevante Rhodes) that she loves him
“This Is Us” – Jack (Milo Ventimiglia) and Randall (Lonnie Chavis) at karate

Next Generation

Chrissy Metz
Daniel Kaluuya
Issa Rae
Riz Ahmed
Yara Shahidi

Best Duo

Adam Levine & Blake Shelton – “The Voice”
Daniel Kaluuya & Lil Rel Howery – “Get Out”
Brian Tyree Henry & Lakeith Stanfield – “Atlanta”
Hugh Jackman & Dafne Keen – “Logan”
Josh Gad & Luke Evans – “Beauty and the Beast”
Martha Stewart & Snoop Dogg – “Martha & Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party”

Best American Story

“Fresh Off the Boat”
“Jane the Virgin”

Best Fight Against the System

“Get Out”
“Hidden Figures”
“Luke Cage”
“Mr. Robot”

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