‘It’ could become the first horror movie in 21 years to win at the MTV Movie and TV Awards, following ‘Scream’ in 1997

Black Panther” and “Avengers: Infinity War” have dominated the box office and the pop culture conversation in 2018, so it’s no surprise that they’re the two films to beat in our predictions for the MTV Movie and TV Awards, which are decided by fans voting online. But could we be underestimating “It”? The Stephen King adaptation opened last fall and became the highest grossing R-rated horror film of all time. But no horror flick has won Best Movie at these awards since “Scream” in 1997.

Directed by horror maestro Wes Craven, “Scream” was a sleeper hit when it was released in 1996, launching a new wave of self-aware horror films. It only had two nominations at the MTV kudos — Best Movie and Best Female Performance for its star Neve Campbell — but it won the top prize even though it was up against the year’s biggest sci-fi blockbuster, “Independence Day.” That should keep hope alive for “It,” which was a huge hit in its own right ($700 million grossed worldwide against a mere $35 million budget) and thus could give the Marvel phenomena a run for their money — literally.

It might help that “It” is up against not one or two superhero blockbusters, but three: “Wonder Woman” in addition to “Black Panther” and “Avengers. So those comic-book crusaders could divide support, leaving the door open for horror fans to rally behind “It” for an upset victory.

“It” is up for three other prizes at the MTV Movie and TV Awards: Best Villain (Bill Skarsgard), Best On-Screen Team and Most Frightened Performance (Sophia Lillis). That makes it the second most nominated movie in the top category, behind “Black Panther” with seven bids, but “It” currently trails in our predictions for Best Movie with fourth-place odds of 9/2 based on the combined forecasts of hundreds of Gold Derby users. The top three spots are all occupied by the comic-book movies: “Black Panther” in the lead with 9/10 odds, “Avengers” close behind with 3/1 odds, and “Wonder Woman” in third place but virtually tied with “It” at 9/2 odds.

So are the comic-book movies really insurmountable? Or are we underestimating Pennywise the Clown?

Be sure to make your MTV Movie and TV Award predictions so that Hollywood studio executives and top name stars can see how their films and shows are faring in our odds. Don’t be afraid to jump in now since you can keep changing your predictions until winners are announced on June 18. And join in the fierce debate over the 2018 MTV Awards taking place right now with Hollywood insiders in our film forums. Read more Gold Derby entertainment news.

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