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MTV Movie and TV Awards winners

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MTV, I think, more appropriately probably stands for Movie and Television Channel than what it used to stand for back in the 80’s and 90’s – Music Television. Moniker and acronyms aside, as the television station has started to lose its relevance and focus on music, its relevance in the wider entertainment industry has certainly grown and remains culturally relevant. At least to the younger demographic.  This year’s re-branded MTV Movie and TV Awards has been a perfect example of this as not only has the award show broken gender boundaries by having male and female performers compete with one another, but also tries to capture what is important to this younger generation and not just critics.

This last point being obvious if you gauge at the below list of winners to see how the majority of winners are younger than 40 years of age, something which contrasts it with the major award shows like the Oscars or Golden Globes.

Movie of the Year

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

Best Actor in a Movie

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

Show of the Year

  • “Atlanta”
  • “Game of Thrones”
  • “Insecure”
  • “Pretty Little Liars”
  • “Stranger Things” — Winner
  • “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” — Winner

Best Kiss

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

Best Villain

  • Allison Williams — “Get Out”
  • Demogorgon — “Stranger Things”
  • Jared Leto — “Suicide Squad”
  • Jeffrey Dean Morgan — “The Walking Dead” – Winner
  • 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” — Winner

Best Documentary

  • “13TH” – Winner
  • “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” — Winner
  • “The Bachelor”
  • “The Voice”

Best Comedic Performance

  • Adam Devine — “Workaholics”
  • Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson — “Broad City”
  • Lil Rel Howery — “Get Out” — Winner
  • 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” – Winner


  • “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 — Winner

Next Generation

  • Chrissy Metz
  • Daniel Kaluuya — Winner
  • Issa Rae
  • Riz Ahmed
  • Yara Shahidi

Best Duo

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

Best American Story

  • “Black-ish” — Winner
  • “Fresh Off the Boat”
  • “Jane the Virgin”
  • “Moonlight”
  • “Transparent”

Best Fight Against the System

  • “Get Out”
  • “Hidden Figures” — Winner
  • “Loving”
  • “Luke Cage”
  • “Mr. Robot”

Overall, I think this is a decent list of winners for a more refined award show. Interestingly enough, with men and women competing for the same awards, it seems that men overwhelmingly won for the night, with only two women winning individual awards. That those awards happened to both be for the acting categories though is a pretty bold statement and while it’s still early days, I definitely like the idea of acting categories to be done this way.

From a local perspective, it’s great to see Trevor Noah pick up an award for best TV Host for the Daily Show. The comedian continues to see his profile grow in the US and whether you love him or not, you can’t deny that his brand of political views and humour is striking a chord with audiences. It’s great to see a local celebrity grow like this and is a good thing for South Africa as Noah is not afraid to shine light on the country.

There was also an MTV Generation Award given out for the Fast and the Furious films and the notable impact they’ve made on the existing generation. A nice touch for the franchise that continues to break box office records.

I have mixed feelings about Beauty and the Beast chosen for Best Movie as I definitely think it wasn’t the best of the bunch, but if Box Office performance is anything to go by, it shouldn’t surprise and again reflects the popularity of the film rather than its artistic merit. I still don’t like the idea of Best Kiss being award worthy – but I have long given up on trying to understand what is popular with the general populace.

In the end, the MTV made some bold decisions with their Film and TV Awards show that I think ultimately proved to be correct. They may not be about music anymore, but they are keeping in touch with the cultural trends of the youth which could perhaps keep this award show relevant.

Last Updated: May 8, 2017


  1. Original Heretic

    May 8, 2017 at 14:01

    MTV = Meh TV.


  2. Craig "CrAiGiSh" Dodd

    May 9, 2017 at 09:08

    “Best Comedic Performance – Get Out” … okay …


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