The MTV TV and Movie Awards are coming! The unique thing about this show is that YOU get to vote! Anyone can vote, just pick your favorite things to win! But, there's a lot of stuff on that list, and you may not know all of it, so we're here to help you make an informed decision. I'm breaking down every major category for the awards, right here, right now, so let's get into it!
To All the Boys: Always and Forever
This is a difficult category, because there are a lot of things here that aren't normally compared. Mainly, animation and live action. This is, of course, all about your preference, but my vote goes for Borat.
Movies in the pandemic age have been all about holding a mirror up to our country, and Borat was one of the few films that managed to do it without being outright depressing, and that's an achievement people don't appreciate enough.
Am I a complete television and superhero nerd? Yes. Did WandaVision tick every box on my nerd list and then some? Absolutely. But it was still masterful television. It was the story of a woman coping with unbelievable loss and trauma with unbelievable powers, and yet it managed to remain relatable and captivating. It was 10/10 television, and given all those records it broke for Disney+, don't be even a little surprised if it wins.
Best Performance in a Movie
Carey Mulligan: Promising Young Woman
Chadwick Boseman: Ma Rainey's Black Bottom
Daniel Kaluuya: Judas and the Black Messiah
Sacha Baron Cohen: The Trial of the Chicago 7
Zendaya: Malcolm & Marie
Can he at least win something? Something? Please? Is anyone there?
Best Performance in a TV Show
Anya Taylor-Joy: The Queen's Gambit
Elizabeth Olsen: WandaVision
Elliot Page: The Umbrella Academy
Emma Corrin: The Crown
Michaela Coel: I May Destroy You
Anya Taylor-Joy established herself as a lead actress for years to come by playing Beth Harmon. It was incredible. Hopefully she isn't typecast for the role, but she's just so good at it. Also, props to MTV for having four women to one man in this category. Women owned TV this year, and this is an accurate reflection.
Anthony Mackie: The Falcon and the Winter Soldier
Gal Gadot: Wonder Woman 1984
Jack Quaid: The Boys
Pedro Pascal: The Mandalorian
Teyonah Parris: WandaVision
It's Pedro. It has to be Pedro. A heartless killer transformed into loving father and jetpack equipped superhero? Come on.
Chase Stokes & Madelyn Cline: Outer Banks
Jodie Comer & Sandra Oh: Killing Eve
Lily Collins & Lucas Bravo: Emily in Paris
Maitreyi Ramakrishnan & Jaren Lewison: Never Have I Ever
Regé-Jean Page & Phoebe Dynevor: Bridgerton
I will refrain from breaking this down kiss by kiss, just pick your favorite.
Best Comedic Performance
Annie Murphy: Schitt's Creek
Eric Andre: Bad Trip
Issa Rae: Insecure
Jason Sudeikis: Ted Lasso
Leslie Jones: Coming 2 America
I used to think there was no one more lovable than Jason Sudeikis, and then, I met Ted Lasso. Perfect show, perfect performance, so lovable, so funny, so endearing.
Aya Cash: The Boys
Ewan McGregor: Birds of Prey
Giancarlo Esposito: The Mandalorian
Kathryn Hahn: WandaVision
Nicholas Hoult: The Great
Giving Giancarlo Esposito an award for playing a villain is like giving Anthony Hopkins Best Actor, we all know it's true, but it's just kind of boring. However, Ewan McGregor took a turn out of left field when he played Sionis in Birds of Prey, because he was just so damn hatable, something I thought I would never say about Obi Wan Kenobi.
Also, Giancarlo, you get your award when I get Far Cry 6.
Best Breakout Performance
Antonia Gentry: Ginny & Georgia
Ashley Park: Emily in Paris
Maria Bakalova: Borat Subsequent Moviefilm
Paul Mescal: Normal People
Regé-Jean Page: Bridgerton
I mean, really, who broke out like Bakalova did this year? No one had ever heard of her, and now she's an Oscar nominee. And a superstar, and hilarious.
Final Funhouse Fight: Birds of Prey
Finale House Fight: Cobra Kai
Starlight, Queen Maeve, Kimiko vs. Stormfront: The Boys
Wanda vs. Agatha: WandaVision
Final Fight vs. Steppenwolf: Zack Snyder's Justice League
Say it with me, my fellow straight white cis men: "Birds of Prey is a great movie, it just isn't marketed towards my demographic". And that's ok. In fact, it's a fantastic step in the right direction. This movie got so much hate, and for no reason whatsoever. Margot Robbie killed it, everyone killed it. Best superhero movie of 2020, and it's not even close.
Most Frightened Performance
Elisabeth Moss: The Invisible Man
Jurnee Smollett: Lovecraft Country
Simona Brown: Behind Her Eyes
Victoria Pedretti: Scripted The Haunting of Bly Manor
Vince Vaughn: Freaky
Jurnee was incredible in Lovecraft Country, probably giving the best performance the show had to offer, and that comes from a huge fan of Johnathan Majors. And the majority of that performance's selling point was her ability to convey fear. You believed her terror, and it made her strength all the more captivating.
Kristen Wiig & Annie Mumolo: Barb and Star Go To Vista Del Mar
Anthony Mackie & Sebastian Stan: The Falcon and the Winter Soldier
Pedro Pascal & Grogu/Baby Yoda: The Mandalorian
Lily Collins & Ashley Park: Emily in Paris
Sacha Baron Cohen & Maria Bakalova: Borat Subsequent Moviefilm
I know they're probably not, but I want Sacha and Maria to be best friends in real life, too. Their chemistry and ability to land jokes with each other is part of why Borat's sequel was such an incredible success.
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