The MTV Movie Awards have been handed out since 1992, and the prize for Best Comedic Performance goes back to the very beginning. How will it be affected now that TV stars are competing alongside movie stars? Hundreds of users have made their predictions at Gold Derby, and in a close race we’re giving the edge to another big-screen performer: Will Arnett in “The Lego Batman Movie.”
Arnett gets leading odds of 7/5 for voicing the title character in the animated film. This is his first nomination at the MTV Awards, and the only nomination for “Lego Batman,” but that could be an advantage. “Lego Batman” was a big international hit, earning $300 million worldwide, so if its fans want to honor it they’ll have to consolidate their support for it here. But this would be a historic victory: no animated film performance has won this award since Robin Williams for “Aladdin” in 1993.
If voters would prefer a live-action performance, they might opt for Lil Rel Howery, who ranks second in our predictions with 14/5 odds for “Get Out.” Howery has one other nomination this year (Best Duo with co-star Daniel Kaluuya), and these are his first two MTV Award bids. He may not have quite the name recognition of some of his rivals, but he does have the benefit of starring in the most nominated film or TV program of the year: “Get Out” is up for six awards including Movie of the Year.
The other three nominees represent the TV world. Ranked third in our predictions with 3/1 odds is Adam Devine for the long-running Comedy Central sitcom “Workaholics.” This is his second MTV Award bid, following his victory last year for Best Kiss with Rebel Wilson for “Pitch Perfect 2.” This is his only nomination this year, but fans may want to rally behind him since he’s also hosting the awards.
Seth MacFarlane is next with 10/3 odds for his multiple voice-over roles in the animated series “Family Guy.” Because MacFarlane has had success in film as well as TV, he’s already familiar to MTV Movie Awards voters. For his films “Ted” and “Ted 2” he earned a combined five nominations, winning Best Duo in 2013 along with co-star Mark Wahlberg. But this is his first nomination for Best Comedic Performance, and as mentioned above it’s been 24 years since a voice-over performance has won here.
Rounding out the category with 9/2 odds are Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson, nominated jointly for their performances in the acclaimed Comedy Central series “Broad City.” This is their first MTV Award nomination, and perhaps competing together will give them an advantage. Their fans won’t have to choose between them; instead they can give two awards for the price of one.
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