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Say What You Want to Say About the MTV Movie Awards, But At Least 'Green Book' Didn't Win Anything

By Dustin Rowles | TV | June 18, 2019 |

By Dustin Rowles | TV | June 18, 2019 |


The MTV Movie Awards used to be the kind of big deal where a guy like Jim Carrey could create a viral moment before viral moments were even a thing:

For all I know, the MTV Movie Awards are still a big deal. Although the ratings don’t particularly reflect that, and there’s no YouTube footage available from the show yet because MTV apparently hasn’t figured out yet where their audience watches their TV.

Anyway, Zachary Levi hosted, and other than a joke about reality-star Ray J being better known for his camera work (he filmed the Kardashian sex tape), he didn’t leave much of an impression. The memorable moments from the awards ceremony were also not that particularly memorable: Sandra Bullock, winning for Bird Box, said some sweet things about parenting and her kid; Noah Centineo and Lana Condor, who won for Best Kiss in To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, said some nice things about kissing whoever you want to kiss; Dwayne Johnson gave a nice speech after accepting the Generation Award, and Brie Larson not only brought her stunt doubles up, but they spoke in accepting the award for in Captain Marvel.


As for the winners? Well, you know: They weren’t exactly my first choices, but they fared as well or better than the Academy because at least they didn’t give any awards to Green Book, which didn’t even get nominations. That’s pretty good, even if most teenagers call Keanu Reeves “the Fortnite Guy,” because of a cross-promotion between John Wick (which most teenagers aren’t old enough to watch) and Fortnite). I’m also very impressed with their nominations for Real-Life Hero (which doesn’t include Jake Paul or Jojo Siwa).

Most Frightened Performance
Alex Wolff, “Hereditary”
Linda Cardellini, “The Curse of La Llorona”
Rhian Rees, “Halloween”
Sandra Bullock, “Bird Box” (Netflix)
Victoria Pedretti, “The Haunting of Hill House” (Netflix)

Best Host
Gayle King, “CBS This Morning”
Nick Cannon, “Wild ‘n Out”(MTV)
Nick Cannon, “The Masked Singer” (Fox)
RuPaul, “RuPaul’s Drag Race” (Logo)
Trevor Noah, “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” (Comedy Central)

Reality Royalty
“Jersey Shore: Family Vacation” (MTV)
“Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta” (VH1)
“The Bachelor” (ABC)
“The Challenge” (MTV)
“Vanderpump Rules” (Bravo)

Best Fight
“Avengers: Endgame”: Captain America vs. Thanos
“Captain Marvel”: Captain Marvel vs. Minn-Erva
“Game of Thrones” (HBO): Arya Stark vs. the White Walkers
“RBG”: Ruth Bader Ginsburg vs. Inequality
“WWE Wrestlemania”: Becky Lynch vs. Ronda Rousey vs. Charlotte Flair

Best Performance in a Movie
Amandla Stenberg, “The Hate U Give”
Lady Gaga, “A Star is Born”
Lupita Nyong’o, “Us”
Rami Malek, “Bohemian Rhapsody”
Sandra Bullock, “Bird Box”

Best Kiss
Camila Mendes and Charles Melton, “Riverdale” (CW)
Jason Momoa and Amber Heard, “Aquaman”
Ncuti Gatwa and Connor Swindells, “Sex Education” (Netflix)
Noah Centineo and Lana Condor, “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” (Netflix)
Tom Hardy and Michelle Williams, “Venom”

Best Documentary
“At the Heart of Gold: Inside the USA Gymnastics Scandal”
“Minding the Gap”
“Surviving R. Kelly”

Best Performance in a Show
Elisabeth Moss, “The Handmaid’s Tale” (Hulu)
Emilia Clarke, “Game of Thrones” (HBO)
Gina Rodriguez, “Jane the Virgin” (CW)
Kiernan Shipka, “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” (Netflix)

Breakthrough Performance
Awkwafina, “Crazy Rich Asians”
Haley Lu Richardson, “Five Feet Apart”
Mj Rodriguez, “Pose” (FX)
Ncuti Gatwa, “Sex Education” (Netflix)
Noah Centineo, “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” (Netflix)

Best Comedic Performance
Awkwafina,” Crazy Rich Asians”
Daniel Levy, “Schitt’s Creek” (Pop TV)
John Mulaney, “Big Mouth” (Netflix)
Marsai Martin, “Little”
Zachary Levi, “Shazam!”

Best Movie
“Avengers: Endgame”
“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”
“To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before”

Best Show
“Big Mouth” (Netflix)
“Game of Thrones” (HBO)
“Riverdale” (CW)
“Schitt’s Creek” (Pop TV)
“The Haunting of Hill House” (Netflix)

Best Hero
Brie Larson, “Captain Marvel”
John David Washington, “BlacKkKlansman”
Maisie Williams, “Game of Thrones” (HBO)
Robert Downey Jr., “Avengers: Endgame”
Zachary Levi, “Shazam!”

Best Villain
Jodie Comer, “Killing Eve” (BBC America)
Joseph Fiennes, “The Handmaid’s Tale” (Hulu)
Josh Brolin, “Avengers: Endgame”
Lupita Nyong’o, “Us”
Penn Badgley, “You” (Lifetime)

Best Real Life Hero
Alex Honnold, “Free Solo”
Hannah Gadsby, “Nanette”
Roman Reigns, “WWE SmackDown”
Ruth Bader Ginsburg, “RBG”
Serena Williams, “Being Serena”

Most Meme-able Moment
“Lindsay Lohan’s Beach Club” (MTV): The Lilo Dance
“Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood” (VH1): Ray J’s Hat
“RBG”: The Notorious RBG
“RuPaul’s Drag Race” (Logo): Asia O’Hara’s butterfly finale fail
“The Bachelor” (ABC): Colton Underwood jumps the fence


Best Musical Moment

“A Star is Born”: “Shallow”
“Bohemian Rhapsody”: Live Aid Concert
“Captain Marvel”: “Just a Girl”
“Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” (Netflix): “Masquerade”
“On My Block” (Netflix): “Look at that Butt”
“Riverdale” (CW): “Seventeen”
“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse: “Sunflower”
“The Umbrella Academy” (Netflix): “I Think We’re Alone Now”

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