Beauty and the Beast and Stranger Things led the pack - but who's really surprised?
After undergoing a minor rebranding, the new MTV Movie and TV Awards kicked off last night with both stars of television and film in attendance. From Oscar goofs to heartfelt speeches, here’s all the high and low lights of the awards ceremony.
Emma Watson won the first ever gender-neutral acting award.
Winning for her role as Belle in Beauty and the Beast, Emma Watson gave a mammoth acceptance speech celebrating MTV for its Best Actor in a Movie category: ‘The first acting award that doesn’t separate nominees based on their sex says something about we perceive the human experience. MTV’s move to create a genderless award for acting will mean something different to everyone. But to me, it indicates that acting is about the ability to put yourself in someone else’s shoes. And that doesn’t need to be separated into two different categories.’
Stranger Things won big.
The breakout Netflix series was an awards-show favourite this year, with four overall nominations and two wins for Show of the Year and the gender-neutral Best Actor in a Show for Millie Bobby Brown. The cast of Stranger Things were absolutely adorable, with Millie tearing up during her speech in which she thanked the showrunners for creating a ‘badass, female, iconic character’ for her to play.
The Pitch Perfect cast reunited for a spoof of Beauty and the Beast.
Rebel Wilson ran around dressed in a smoking teapot costume, Hailee Steinfeld ripped off a blazer and launched onstage dressed as Belle, Adam Devine tried very hard not to get burned by all the onstage pyrotechnics and Josh Gad returned to reprise his role as LeFou. What’s not to love about this hot mess?
Best Kiss went to a same-sex onscreen couple.
The Best Kiss award was a win for diversity, with Jharrel Jerome and Ashton Sanders of Moonlight winning for their tender beachside kiss. Sanders and Jerome used their platform befittingly to champion minorities and ‘those who feel like the others, the misfits’ before ending on a light comedic note.
Somebody inevitably made fun of the Oscars.
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You knew it was going to happen. In a nod to Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway’s mix up at the Oscars, presenter Amy Schumer announced that ‘La La Light’ had won Movie of the Year. Her Snatched co-star Goldie Hawn was quick to intervene, correcting her to say that she meant ‘Moonland’ before they eventually revealed that Beauty and the Beast had actually won the title.
Farrah Abraham started an internet storm with her Bollywood-inspired outfit.
Farrah Abraham raised eyebrows by rocking up to the MTV Movie and TV Awards wearing a three piece sari, complete with a bindi which is a Hinduist religious symbol. Unsurprisingly, the internet wasn’t having it and accused the Teen Mom star of cultural appropriation to which she said, ‘I think this will inspire others to embrace new cultures and have good experiences.’
The red carpet was full of style inspiration as always.
While the MTV Movie and TV Awards may not inspire the kind of glamour the Oscars does, its slew of stars still turned it out in some head-turning outfits. Zendaya brought an air of sophistication to the carpet with her embellished green Zuhair Murad gown, Cara Delevingne channeled an otherworldly look with stark lipstick and a black minidress and Blackish star Yara Shahidi stomped right off a Gucci runway with an outfit from their Spring 2017 collection.
Vin Diesel honoured the late Paul Walker.
After Fast and the Furious won the Generation Award (seriously, what are all these vague MTV awards categories?), Vin Diesel and his fellow cast members took to the stage for an emotional speech. Referring to Paul Walker as his ‘brother Pablo’, he said, ‘I could never stand on this stage and talk about Fast and the Furious without giving love to my brother Pablo, our brother Pablo. We hope you’re proud.’