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Allow The Younger Generation To Restore Your Hope With The MTV Movie Awards. Yes, You Read All Of Those Words Correctly.

By Emily Cutler | Social Media | April 7, 2017 |

By Emily Cutler | Social Media | April 7, 2017 |

No, MTV will not restore your faith in humanity through Dwayne Johnson alone, but when you have the chance to use a header photo of The Rock dressed as Superman, you take it. No, what I’m referring to is MTV’s decision to drop the gender specific categories, and, moreover, just piss off every last person who ever used “SJW” in a derogatory way.

And it’s not like the idea of dropping gendered categories for awards like the Oscars isn’t complicated. On the one hand, of course it’s outdated, binary, and reinforces the idea that men and women can’t compete at the same levels. On the other hand, where, oh where, would the Academy ever find enough tortured, genius white men to nominate? JK, lolz, we’ll always have enough white dudes to Oscar. And therein lies the problem. The idea of reviewing all candidates, and nominating the best performances is only effective if your judgement of “best” isn’t skewed by your biased perspective. Given the Oscars in 2015 and 2016, it might be a while until we’re objectively evaluating movies the way we should be.

But maybe not that much of a while. The MTV Movie Awards made a few mistakes (Emilia Clark plays a great character, she isn’t a great actor. Jared Leto is Jared Leto), but overall came away with one of the most impressively diverse, and, more importantly, just flat out right nominations list I’ve seen in a while. Plus the Best American Story list is enough to make Steve Bannon’s bloated head spin. I don’t get to say this often, but well played, MTV. Well played.

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

Show of the Year
Game of Thrones
Pretty Little Liars
Stranger Things
This Is Us

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: Roanoke

Best Host
Ellen DeGeneres — The Ellen DeGeneres Show
John Oliver — Last Week Tonight
RuPaul — RuPaul’s Drag Race
Samantha Bee — Full Frontal With Samantha Bee
Trevor Noah — The Daily Show

Best Documentary
I Am Not Your Negro
OJ: 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 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

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 Comedic Performance
Adam DeVine — Workaholics
Ilana Glazer & Abbi Jacobson — Broad City
Lil Rel Howery — Get Out
Seth MacFarlane — Family Guy
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 death
Grey’s Anatomy — Meredith tells her children about Derek’s death
Me Before You — Will tells Louisa he can’t stay with her
Moonlight — Paula tells Chiron that she loves him
This Is Us — Jack and Randall at karate

Next Generation
Chrissy Metz
Daniel Kaluuya
Issa Rae
Riz Ahmed
Yara Shahidi

Best Duo
Adam Levine & Blake Shelton — The Voice
Daniel Kauuya & 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