Now in its 26th year, The MTV Movie & TV Awards (the latter TV component being only a year old though) has had its share of memorable moments over the years, oftentimes moments having to deal with kissing. What you forgot about this already? And this? Wearing Alexander McQueen (a staple she’s sported multiple times at awards and event ceremonies), actress-comedian Tiffany Haddish made history as the first black woman to host the awards show. She mentioned other firsts too, including the fact that Black Panther is the first African American film to gross a billion dollars.
After starting the night with her own parody of Cardi B’s “Bodak Yellow,” Haddish compared the Kardashian clan to the Star Wars franchise as “They make a ton of money, a new one’s always popping up, and they’re ruled by a bossy overlord who sleeps in a mask and she loves black men.” She also made quick mention of actor Seth Rogen who is “her favourite bearded white man since Abraham Lincoln.” Rogen himself sported a lower-back tattoo of Vin Diesel’s face, which we caught glimpse of later in the show.
One of the touching moments of the night came from Blank Panther star Chadwick Boseman, who dedicated his superhero award to James Shaw Jr. Shaw fought off the gunman who opened fire at a Waffle House in Tennessee back in April, killing four people.
“Receiving an award for playing a superhero is amazing, but it’s even greater to acknowledge the heroes that we have in real life,” Boseman said on stage. “So I just want to acknowledge somebody that’s here today. James Shaw Jr. Where are you? Stand. If you don’t know James Shaw Jr., he fought off a gunman in Antioch, Tennessee at a Waffle House House. He saved lives. Come on up here.”
— Hollywood Reporter (@THR) June 19, 2018
Black Panther not only made a whopping about of money at the box office, but it cleaned up nicely at the awards event too, taking home four awards including Best Movie (a first “Best Movie” win for an almost exclusively black cast), Best Villain (Michael B. Jordan as N’Jadaka/Erik Killmonger) and Chad Boseman won the best performance in a movie award, too.
“It’s incredible when the stereotype is that people of color couldn’t bring y’all out to the theater and be able to make these types of films,” said Michael B. Jordan while accepting the award. “The fact that we’re able to do this on this scale with this movie, this project, means the world to us.”
Stranger Things also had a great night, picking up the win for best “TV Show” and Millie Bobby Brown nabbed the best performance in show award, beating out Katherine Langford (13 Reasons Why), Issa Rae (Insecure), Maise Williams (Game of Thrones) and Darren Criss (The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story).
— Love, Simon (@lovesimonmovie) June 19, 2018
As for the best kiss: Love, Simon’s Nick Robinson and Keiynan Lonsdale claimed top honours for the above magic. Accepting the award, Keiynan Lonsdale delivered a sensitive message of hope. Love, Simon marked another first, becoming the first major studio production for teens that’s centred on a gay romance.
“To every kid, you can live your dreams and wear dresses. You can live your dreams and kiss the one that you love, no matter what gender they are. You can live your dreams and believe in magic.” Lonsdale came out as queer during the filming of the movie. He addressed these feelings around the and learning acceptance in the song “Kiss the Boy,” which dropped back in March.
— Hollywood Reporter (@THR) June 19, 2018
Tiffany Haddish didn’t just host the show she also received the award for the Best Comedic Performance (for Girls’ Trip) beating out one of our favourite Canadians, Dan Levy (Schitt’s Creek). Riverdale’s Madelaine Petsch was the best “Scene Stealer” and not-so-shockingly (people are still invested it seems) Keeping Up With the Kardashians was crowned the best reality series beating out RuPaul’s Drag Race, Love & Hop Hop, Vanderpump Rules and The Real Housewives.
As for best fight scene? We’re stoked the award went to Wonder Woman for the fight between Gal Gadot and the German soldiers. One of this year’s freakiest films, It, you know the film that showed how talented another of the Skarsgård brothers is, snagged the award for “Best On-Screen Team” which is rightly deserving, and Lady Gaga won the best music documentary award for Gaga: Five Foot Two.
Aubrey Plaza and Bryce Dallas Howard were on hand to give their co-star buddy Chris Pratt his Generation Award, which came naturally with some joking jabs to the Jurassic Park star. Pratt accepted and made sure to give a shout-out to his son Jack who “will watch this one day.” He also made mention of “nine rules” in his speech, giving the audience some necessary advice on pooping at parties (pro tip 101, guys) and his love for God. “God is real; God loves you. God wants the best for you,” he said. “Believe that—I do.” Pratt received a standing ovation when accepting his award that honours his roles in the Guardians of the Galaxy movies, Passengers, Moneyball, Zero Dark Thirty and The Magnificent Seven. Oh, and not to forget the role that started it all: Andy Dwyer from Parks and Recreation. He also offered other sound advice like “Breathe…if you don’t you’ll suffocate” and that it “Doesn’t matter what is it is, earn it.” Pratt joins past winners of the MTV Generation Award including Reese Witherspoon, Robert Downey Jr., Will Smith, Johnny Depp and Sandra Bullock.
As we’re seeing more and more, these awards shows are becoming platforms for actors to voice their frustrations and concerns over the state of society and this year Millie Bobby Brown used her time to do just that. In her acceptance speech video (she was not in attendance) she talked about her choice to leave Twitter, a decision she made after facing online bullying. “If you don’t have anything nice to say just don’t say it. There should be no space in this world for bullying, and I’m not going to tolerate it,” the 14-year-old star said.
“Landing the role of Eleven in @Stranger_Things has changed my life.” Congratulations to Millie Bobby Brown for winning Best Performance in a Show ❤️| Tune into the #MTVAwards right now on @MTV! pic.twitter.com/dRODnOPKDz
— Movie & TV Awards (@MTVAwards) June 19, 2018
Finally, one of the best moments of the night came from The Chi creator, Lena Waithe who was given the Trailblazer Award. Waithe made sure to use her time wisely and acknowledged other important trailblazers including the stars from the documentary Paris is Burning, a 1990 film about New York’s underground drag scene (FYI: the phrase “Yas Queen!” originated from the film.)
— Hollywood Reporter (@THR) June 19, 2018
And, in case you’re dying to know the “nine rules” that Chris Pratt outlined to humans, see below.
1. “Breathe. If you don’t, you will suffocate.”
2. “You have a soul. Be careful with it.”
3. “Don’t be a turd. If you are strong, be a protector. If you are smart, be a humble influencer. Strength and intelligence can be weapons, so do not wield them against the weak. That makes you a bully. Be bigger than that.”
4. “When giving a dog medicine, put the medicine in a little piece of hamburger and they won’t even know they’re eating medicine.”
5. “It doesn’t matter what it is. Earn it. A good deed. Reach out to someone in pain. Be of service. It feels good and it’s good for your soul.”
6. “God is real. God loves you, God wants the best for you. Believe that, I do.”
7. “If you have to poop at a party, but you’re embarrassed because you’re going to stink up the bathroom, just do what I do. Lock the door, sit down, get all the pee out first. And then, once all the pee is done, poop, flush, boom! You minimize the amount of time that the poop’s touching the air.”
“Because if you poop first, it takes you longer to pee and then you’re peeing on top of it, stirring up the poop particles, create a cloud, goes out, then everyone at the party will know that you pooped. Just trust me, it’s science.”
8. “Learn to pray. It’s easy, and it is so good for your soul.”
9. “Nobody is perfect. People will tell you that you are perfect just the way you are, you are not! You are imperfect. You always will be, but there is a powerful force that designed you that way, and if you are willing to accept that, you will have grace.”
“And grace is a gift. Like the freedom that we enjoy in this country, that grace was paid for with somebody else’s blood. Do not forget that. Don’t take that for granted.”