According to the 2017 MTV Movie & TV Awards (see full list of winners), no one was more heroic this year than Taraji P. Henson‘s character of real-life mathematician Katherine G. Johnson in “Hidden Figures.” Gold Derby’s odds-makers were dead wrong in predicting this race — we had Henson’s inspirational performance in fourth place with only 4/1 odds to win the blended movie/TV category. How did the other nominees fare in our MTV Awards predictions?
Felicity Jones (“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”) actually led our Best Hero predictions with leading racetrack odds of 3/2. The Oscar-nominated star of “The Theory of Everything” (2014) made waves with her action-hero debut as Jyn Erso in the “Star Wars” spinoff, a film that was also nominated for Movie of the Year.
In second place with 12/5 odds was Millie Bobby Brown, who plays Eleven on “Stranger Things.” The young breakout star of this 1980s-set Netflix drama about the search for a missing boy may have lost Best Hero, but she went on to win the trophy for Actor in a Show and gave an emotional acceptance speech that instantly went viral.
Teen hearthrob Grant Gustin (“The Flash”) came in third place in our predictions with 3/1 odds. Gustin is a regular fixture at both the Teen Choice Awards and Kids’ Choice Awards for his leading CW role as Barry Allen/The Flash, so it wouldn’t have been a surprise to see MTV voters anoint him as well at their first-ever film/TV ceremony.
There was a two-way tie for last place, as Mike Colter (“Luke Cage”) and Stephen Amell (“Arrow”) both enjoyed 9/2 odds to win. Colter headlines Nexflix’s Marvel adaptation of “Luke Cage,” while Amell plays the titular character on the CW’s DC Comics show “Arrow.” Since there were three comic book characters duking it out in this category — Gustin, Colter and Amell — might they all have split the vote?