Funnyman Adam Devine will host the MTV Movie & TV Awards, set to air across the MTV family of channels live from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on Sunday, May 7. These awards have been around since 1992. Now, after a quarter century of giving out its Golden Popcorn bucket to the best of movies, MTV will celebrate TV too.
On the day leading up to the show MTV will also be hosting its first-ever Movie and Television Festival which will feature food, special guests and musical acts for a day-long party outside the Shrine. Expect Devine, who made his name in the Comedy Central hit “Workaholics,” to pop up there too.
Historically, the MTV Movie Awards were a youth-driven rebuttal to the Academy Awards. These kudos favored popcorn pictures like “The Matrix,” “Transformers,” “Twilight” (four times) and reigning champ “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” over heavier academy-friendly fare. But that’s not to say the tastes of Oscar voters have never overlapped with those of MTV fans. Their Best Movie winners have lined up three times: “Titanic,” “Gladiator” and “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.”
So how will the MTV TV Awards compare to the Emmy Awards? Will reigning Emmy champs “Game of Thrones” and “Veep” win here too? As the winners of the MTV kudos are determined by popular vote, the ratings juggernaut “Game of Thrones” should do well. However, the more esoteric “Veep” could be swept aside by the likes of Golden Globes winner “Atlanta” and SAG ensemble champ “Orange is the New Black.”
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