MTV Movie Awards: Will Daisy Ridley (‘Star Wars’) or Jennifer Lawrence (‘Hunger Games’) be first woman to win Best Hero?

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The MTV Movie Award for Best Hero has only been given five times before (2006, 2012-2015), but it has always been won by a man: Christian Bale (“Batman Begins,” 2006), Daniel Radcliffe (“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2,” 2012), Martin Freeman (“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” 2013), Henry Cavill (“Man of Steel,” 2014) and Dylan O’Brien (“The Maze Runner,” 2015).

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This is surprising given the fact that Jennifer Lawrence has now been nominated three times without winning for her role as Katniss Everdeen in the “Hunger Games” films. Lawrence is wildly popular in other categories; she has won six times since 2012, including three for Best Female Performance, one for Best Fight, one for Best Kiss and even one for Best Musical Moment. Other female MTV favorites like Shailene Woodley (“Divergent”) and Kristen Stewart (“Snow White and the Huntsman”) also lost this race.

That male domination will end this year according to the predictions of our Top 24 Users, who got the highest scores predicting last year’s MTV Movie Award winners. Three of the six nominees are women, and all of our top users are predicting one of them to prevail.

But out of those elite users who have entered their predictions so far, 11 are actually giving the edge to Daisy Ridley (“Star Wars: The Force Awakens“), who plays Rey, a burgeoning Jedi. Another seven are forecasting Lawrence to finally win for the final film in her franchise, “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2.”

The last three top users are going out on a limb for Charlize Theron for her role as Furiosa in “Mad Max: Fury Road.” Theron has now been nominated five times at the MTV Movie Awards, but she has yet to win.

However, given this category’s tendency to reward men, perhaps we’re underestimating the two Marvel Comics heroes in the running: Chris Evans as Captain America in “Avengers: Age of Ultron” and Paul Rudd as the title character in “Ant-Man.” Evans previously won Best Fight with his heroic co-stars in the first “Avengers” film, while Rudd is still waiting for his first win after seven nominations.

Rounding out the category is Dwayne Johnson as a rescue-chopper pilot in the disaster film “San Andreas.” He has been nominated for four MTV Movie Awards without a win.

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Photo credits: “Star Wars” by Walt Disney Pictures; “The Hunger Games” by Lionsgate

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