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Cast Recognizes Real Life Heroes And Villains As 'Black Panther' Dominates The 2018 MTV Movie & TV Awards

By Tori Preston | TV | June 19, 2018 |

By Tori Preston | TV | June 19, 2018 |

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The MTV Movie & TV Awards happened last night, which means that a) they’re still a thing, apparently, and b) I missed it. But! Luckily for all of us, it’s super easy to catch up on all the winners and other assorted surprises. Not that those surprises come from the awards themselves, of course. No, the MTV Movie & TV Awards basically celebrate the most popular, most buzzy, and all around biggest biggies in entertainment. On the TV side, Stranger Things garnered 4 golden buckets of popcorn, including the one for Best Show (for the second year running). And as for movies, naturally Black Panther emerged as the top dog (cat?) of the night, also scooping up four buckets, including Best Movie.

As an omen of Black Panther’s domination, host Tiffany Haddish challenged T’Challa in her opening skit, which also featured her Girls Trip co-stars Jada Pinkett Smith and Queen Latifah (talking pay-days!) and the most natural TLC throwback ever. Then she turned into the Black Unicorn of Wakanda which, like… seems natural.

Chadwick Boseman surprised everyone when he won the popcorn for Best Hero, saying “Receiving an award for playing a superhero is amazing. But it’s even greater to acknowledge the heroes that we have in real life.” Then he proceeded to introduce James Shaw Jr., the man who saved lives in a Waffle House in Tennessee when he disarmed a gunman during a shooting earlier this year. Boseman gave him the award, saying, “This is gonna live at your house.”

Excuse me, I seem to have something in my eyes…

Boseman also went on to win Best Performance in a Movie.

Michael B. Jordan won the popcorn for Best Villain for his role as Killmonger, beating out Thanos, Kylo Ren AND Pennywise the clown — and he too used his time on stage to acknowledge a real-life contender for his award. “I’m shocked that I won this award for best villain,” Jordan joked. “I thought for sure Roseanne had that in the bag.”

Chadwick Boseman’s face is PRICELESS.

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Here’s a complete list of last night’s winners.

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Tori Preston is the managing editor of Pajiba. She tweets here. You can also listen to her weekly TV podcast, Podjiba.