It’s not often that the Oscars and MTV Movie and TV Awards agree on something. The highfalutin motion picture academy’s tastes don’t usually line up with MTV fans, but it has been known to happen from time to time. Both awards honored the performances of Tom Hanks (“Philadelphia”), Julia Roberts (“Erin Brockovich”) and Jennifer Lawrence (“Silver Linings Playbook”), for instance. Will Rami Malek be next for his performance as Freddie Mercury in “Bohemian Rhapsody”?
Despite its mixed reviews, “Rhapsody” was a hit with both fans and the academy. It received an A CinemaScore from audiences and ended up taking in $216 million at the domestic box office and $903 million worldwide, which made it the highest grossing music biopic and the highest grossing LGBT-centered film of all time. And the popularity of the film sent Queen‘s music soaring back up the charts; as of this writing their greatest hits collection is still in the top 10 on the Billboard 200 albums chart.
The Oscars responded too. The film won four awards out of its five nominations: Best Actor (Malek), Best Film Editing, Best Sound Editing and Best Sound Mixing. The only category it lost was Best Picture. Now it’s in the running at the MTV Movie and TV Awards, where Malek is its only nomination. That could be an advantage, though, since fans of the film will have nowhere else to go to voice their support, concentrating all their votes on the star of the show.
But voters may be torn between two Oscar winners from blockbuster musicals. Malek is up against Lady Gaga (“A Star is Born”), who was nominated for Best Actress and won Best Original Song from the academy. Gaga has won multiple MTV Video Music Awards, so she has a more established track record winning prizes from online fans. As it stands, Gaga is the front-runner in our Best Performance in a Movie predictions with leading odds of 82/25, but Malek is a close second with odds of 19/5. Malek is backed by 6 of our Top 24 Users who got the highest scores predicting last year’s MTV Movie and TV Awards, and by 6 of our All-Star Top 24 who got the highest prediction scores when you combine the last two years’ winners, so he just might be the champion, my friends.
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