The 2017 MTV Movie Awards for the first time have branched out to include TV shows, resulting in a blended category for Best Villain. And based on Gold Derby’s predictions Jeffrey Dean Morgan (“The Walking Dead”) is far out front to prevail with leading 5/6 odds. The Critics’ Choice Awards champ joined the AMC zombie drama last year as bad guy Negan and instantly made a name for himself by murdering two fan-fave characters in cold blood. Morgan is also nominated for Actor in a Show at the MTV kudos, proving that voters simply love to hate Negan.
In second place with 10/3 odds is Jared Leto’s role as the Joker in “Suicide Squad.” Leto scared audiences from the moment he first appeared in the trailer, so it’s no surprise to see him nominated for Best Villain. This MTV nomination is payback of sorts for Leto, as his villainous performance was shamefully nominated at the Razzie Awards as Worst Supporting Actor.
Underneath the special effects and makeup of the Demogorgon on “Stranger Things” is actor Mark Steger, who’s in third place to win with 4/1 odds. The frightening monster from the first season of Netflix’s “Stranger Things” exists in the parallel world called the Upside Down, which our characters visit in the season finale.
Allison Williams sheds her sweet “Girls” persona by taking on the role of bad girl Rose Armitage in the film “Get Out.” She enjoys 9/2 odds for playing an accomplice to kidnapping in the surprise hit film. Williams may have a leg up on the competition as her final season of “Girls” recently aired to rave reviews from both critics and fans.
Rounding out the category, Wes Bentley (5/1 odds) has played a villain on the past two seasons of FX’s “American Horror Story,” which perhaps explains why he’s nominated here. On “Hotel” (2015) Bentley portrayed John Lowe, the Ten Commandments serial killer. And in last year’s “Roanoke” he took on the role of Dylan, an actor who played ghost Ambrose White on the show-within-a-show “My Roanoke Nightmare.”
Find out who wins the MTV Movie & TV Award for Best Villain when the ceremony airs Sunday, May 7 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, hosted by Adam Devine. See complete MTV racetrack odds in 16 categories.
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