The MTV Movie Awards have been handed out since 1992, but for 2017 the awards have been rechristened the MTV Movie & TV Awards, honoring the best on both the big screen and small screen for the first time ever. But the top contender of the year is still a movie: “Get Out,” which contends for six prizes including Movie of the Year and Best Actor in a Movie (Daniel Kaluuya). Check out the complete list of nominees here.
Tied for second place are another feature film, “Beauty and the Beast,” and the Netflix TV series “Stranger Things” with four bids apiece. Like “Get Out,” the Disney blockbuster “Beauty” competes for Movie of the Year and Best Actor (Emma Watson), while “Stranger Things” leads the TV field with bids for Show of the Year and Best Actor in a Show (Millie Bobby Brown).
At the age of 26, Watson is already a veteran of the MTV Movie Awards thanks to her roles in the “Harry Potter” films and “The Perks of Being a Wallflower.” Her bids for Best Actor and Best Kiss this year for “Beauty and the Beast” are her 11th and 12th nominations at these kudos, and she also received the honorary Trailblazer Award in 2013.
The introduction of TV to the MTV Movie Awards lineup has prompted several other changes. As indicated above, the Best Actor categories for film and TV are gender-neutral with an even split of men an women in the film contest and a female majority in the TV field (four to two). And while the cinema contenders are considered separately from TV in top categories, everything is combined in the races for Best Kiss, Best Villain, Best Comedic Performance, Best Hero, Best Duo, Best Tearjerker, Best American Story, Best Fight Against the System and the Next Generation Award.
A couple of those categories are brand new. MTV used to award Best Fight to honor the best battles between characters, but Best Fight Against the System rewards films and programs for depicting struggles against oppression. “Get Out” contends in that category, as do “Loving,” “Luke Cage” and “Mr. Robot.”,” “
MTV also aims to stay woke with its Best American Story category to honor films and TV shows that depict America at its best, most open and most diverse. Those contenders run the gamut of racial, sexual and gender identities: “Black-ish,” “Fresh Off the Boat,” “Jane the Virgin,” “Moonlight” and “Transparent.”
Said MTV president Chris McCarthy in a statement, “MTV is about celebrating youth culture and fueling our audience’s passion points. We are thrilled to have Adam Devine as our master of ceremonies for the new MTV Movie and TV Awards where we honor the best stories, actors and characters our audience loves.”
What do you think of this year’s MTV Movie & TV Award nominations? Do you prefer the blend of media, or do you think television should stay in its own lane. Discuss in the comments below, and join the debate with your fellow movie and TV fans in our forums.