According to our predictions, actor and rapper Riz Ahmed will win the Next Generation Award at the MTV Movie and TV Awards on Sunday, May 7. Ever since the MTV Movie Awards were established in 1992 — and long before this year’s decision to finally add TV to the mix — the awards have honored breakthrough talent. That used to be the award for Best Breakthrough Performance, and now it’s the Next Generation Award.
In the past, Best Breakthrough was handed out to stars in the making like Kirsten Dunst (“Interview with the Vampire,” 1995), Matthew McConaughey (“A Time to Kill,” 1997), Rachel McAdams (“Mean Girls,” 2005) and Anna Kendrick (“Up in the Air,” 2010), just to name a few. This year Ahmed gets leading odds of 5/4 to win following his Golden Globe nominated performance in “The Night Of” as well as his turn as a rebel pilot in “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.”
Right behind Ahmed with 23/10 odds is Daniel Kaluuya, the star of the most nominated film or TV show at these awards: “Get Out,” which contends for six prizes total, including Movie of the Year. Kaluuya has two other nominations for that film: Best Actor in a Movie and Best Duo with Lil Rel Howery.
Chrissy Metz ranks third in our predictions with 4/1 odds. She won over audiences this past season thanks to her role as Kate in the NBC family drama series “This is Us.” And also with 4/1 odds is Issa Rae, who created, writes and stars in her own HBO series, “Insecure.” Like Ahmed, both Metz and Rae were nominees at this year’s Golden Globes.
Rounding out the category with 9/2 odds is another TV star, Yara Shahidi, who has spent three seasons as eldest daughter Zoey on ABC’s family comedy “Black-ish.” She’s coming off of a nomination for Best TV Comedy Ensemble at this year’s SAG Awards.
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