“Stranger Things” continues its romp through the awards derby by biking off with Show of the Year at the 2017 MTV Movie & TV Awards (see full list of winners). The recent SAG and PGA winner notably stars a group of youngsters — the perfect MTV demographic — many of whom were on-hand to accept their popcorn trophy Sunday night. Gold Derby’s odds-makers gave the 1980s-set Netflix drama about the search for a missing boy leading 9/10 odds to win the inaugural TV category. Millie Bobby Brown also took home the trophy for Actor in a Show and gave an emotional acceptance speech that went viral. How did the other nominees fare in our MTV Awards predictions?
HBO’s fantasy epic “Game of Thrones” was in second place to prevail with odds of 10/3. “Game of Thrones” is the most rewarded show in Emmy Awards history with 38 trophies, but MTV voters chose not to honor the six-year-old series at all, despite its other nominations for Best Actor in a Show (Emilia Clarke) and Best Tearjerker (Hodor’s Death).
Coming in next with 9/2 odds was NBC’s family drama “This Is Us.” The breakout hit was the only broadcast network show nominated in this category, no doubt thanks to the quality of the production and the immense buzz it’s received throughout the year. “This Is Us” won in the category of Best Tearjerker for the scene featuring Jack and Randall at karate.
Two other shows were tied at 9/2 odds apiece: FX’s “Atlanta” and Freeform’s “Pretty Little Liars.” Donald Glover represented his Golden Globe-winning comedy “Atlanta” with a nomination for Best Actor in a Show, while Brian Tyree Henry & Lakeith Stanfield were up for Best Duo. Strangely, “Pretty Little Liars” had no other nominations, indicating weak support overall for the popular teen dramedy.
Rounding out the category in last place was HBO comedy “Insecure” with odds of 5/1. Like “Pretty Little Liars,” “Insecure” had no other nominations to fall back on, not even for series creator Issa Rae, who writes and stars in the freshman series about the life of a contemporary African-American woman.