Adam Driver (“Star Wars: The Force Awakens“) is the frontrunner for Best Villain at the MTV Movie Awards according to the early predictions of our Top 24 Users, who got the highest scores predicting last year’s winners. Driver plays Kylo Ren, the grandson of Darth Vader who hopes to follow in his footsteps. Driver hopes to do the same, as Hayden Christensen won this award 10 years ago for playing Vader in “Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith.”
The Best Villain prize dates back to 1992 and has been awarded to a pair of Oscar winners (Denzel Washington in “Training Day,” Heath Ledger in “The Dark Knight”) along with baddies both dramatic (Kevin Spacey in “Seven”) and comedic (Mike Myers as Dr. Evil in “Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me”). Driver is already far ahead to join that company: 18 of our top users who have entered their predictions say Driver will prevail.
But three more top users are betting on Oscar-nominee Tom Hardy for playing a murderous trapper who leaves Leonardo DiCaprio for dead in “The Revenant“: Luis, Richard R and Michael Vazquez. Hardy has been nominated for six MTV Movie Awards, including one previous bid in this category for playing Bane in “The Dark Knight Rises.”
None of our Top 24 Users are betting on the other four nominees, but one of our editors, Rob Licuria, says Hugh Keays-Byrne will pull off an upset for playing the despotic Immortan Joe in “Mad Max: Fury Road.” The other three editors – Chris Beachum, Marcus Dixon and myself – agree with the majority predicting Driver for the win.
Also nominated in this contest are a pair of Marvel Comics villains. Ed Skrein is featured in “Deadpool” as Ajax, who tortures and disfigures the title character. And James Spader tries to annihilate mankind as the robot Ultron in “Avengers: Age of Ultron.”
Rounding out the category is Samuel L. Jackson, who plays wealthy megalomaniac Richmond Valentine in “Kingsman: The Secret Service.” Jackson is the only past MTV Movie Award winner among these nominees: in 2013 he took Best WTF Moment with Jamie Foxx for the climactic plantation explosion in “Django Unchained.”
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