MTV kept its Movie & TV Awards irreverent but progressive

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LOS ANGELES — MTV billed Sunday night’s Movie & TV Awards as the year’s biggest party, but this party also made a serious statement with its new policy of breaking down gender barriers in its new format, as men and women competed jointly in the acting categories.

The policy was put into practice by Asia Kate Dillion when she proudly noted she has been able to break down gender barriers as “the first openly non-binary actor to play an openly non-binary actor on a major TV show” (Showtime’s drama series “Billions”), then presented the Best Actor in a Movie award to Emma Watson of “Beauty and the Beast.” A non-binary person is someone who doesn’t identify with either gender.

“Acting is about the ability to put yourself in someone else’s shoes, and that doesn’t need to be separated into two different categories,” Watson said in receiving her award.

There was another big difference in the 26th edition of what was formerly known as the MTV Movie Awards: TV shows were newly eligible for Golden Popcorn trophies.

The second award of the night — Best Actor in a Show — went to Millie Bobby Brown of Netflix’s “Stranger Things.”

Despite glowering skies and dime-size hailstones, MTV was heralding the start of the summer viewing season with its shindig. The red carpet outside Los Angeles’ Shrine Auditorium was a swamp as luminaries made their water-logged arrival for the shindig.

But inside, it was dry (except for flowing cocktails among audience members) as Adam Devine hosted the proceedings. In the press room, dry socks and T-shirts were distributed to sodden members of the media.

Tongue-in-cheek, Devine described himself as a progressive personality fully equal to the night’s high-minded theme.

As the caption “Adam Gets It” flashed on the screen, Devine declared, “I love Hugh Jackman, but I call him Hugh Jack-PERSON.”

And turning to another of the night’s nominees, “Beauty and the Beast,” he said, “I call it ‘Multidimensional woman with her own dynamic traits, and the beast.'”

The show maintained its traditional irreverence with awards recognizing the best duo (Hugh Jackman and Dafne Keen of the film “Logan”), best tearjerker (TV hit “This Is Us”), and best kiss (Ashton Sanders and Jharrel Jerone of “Moonlight”).

That last award was presented by co-stars of the film smash “Get Out”: a blond Allison Williams, in shimmering miniskirt, alongside a nervous-looking Lil Rey Howery.

“Are you scared of me?” Williams asked.

“I’m AFRAID — that’s the word I’m gonna use,” Howery said.

“Ever since the movie came out, for the last couple of months,” Williams said.

“Black dudes don’t mess with you,” said Howery, whose character in the film has reason to be scared of hers.

A new award, Best Fight Against the System, went to the film “Hidden Figures,” which tells the story of a team of African-American women mathematicians who served a vital role at NASA during the space program’s early years.

The mission of the filmmakers, said one of its stars, Taraji P. Henson, was to dispel a wrong-headed cultural myth “so another young girl wouldn’t grow up thinking that her mind wasn’t capable of grasping math and science.”

The cast of the “Fast and Furious” franchise received the Generation Award, accepted by Vin Diesel, who thanked a generation of fans “willing to accept this multicultural franchise where it didn’t matter what color your skin was or what country you are from — when you’re family, you’re family.”

Trevor Noah of Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” was named Best Host.

“There is one person I aspire to be every single day,” he said, “and that is my mom: a powerful, strong black woman who never listened when people told her she couldn’t be more.”

“Thank you to Donald J. Trump for the comedy,” Noah added.

The first-ever Show of the Year: “Stranger Things.”

Presenting Movie of the Year, Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn comically bobbled it (a la the Oscars), announcing “La La Light,” then “Moonland.” Then they got it right: “Beauty and the Beast.”

See below for the complete list of winners:

Movie of the Year

  • “Beauty and the Beast” — Winner
  • “The Edge of Seventeen”
  • “Get Out”
  • “Logan”
  • “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”

Best Actor in a Movie

  • Daniel Kaluuya — “Get Out”
  • Emma Watson — “Beauty and the Beast” — Winner
  • Hailee Steinfeld — “The Edge of Seventeen”
  • Hugh Jackman — “Logan”
  • James McAvoy — “Split”
  • Taraji P. Henson — “Hidden Figures”

Show of the Year

  • “Atlanta”
  • “Game of Thrones”
  • “Insecure”
  • “Pretty Little Liars”
  • “Stranger Things” — Winner
  • “This Is Us”

Best Actor in a Show

  • Donald Glover — “Atlanta”
  • Emilia Clarke — “Game of Thrones”
  • Gina Rodriguez — “Jane the Virgin”
  • Jeffrey Dean Morgan — “The Walking Dead”
  • Mandy Moore — “This Is Us”
  • Millie Bobby Brown — “Stranger Things” — Winner

Best Kiss

  • Ashton Sanders and Jharrel Jerome — “Moonlight” — Winner
  • Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling — “La La Land”
  • Emma Watson and Dan Stevens — “Beauty and the Beast”
  • Taraji P. Henson and Terrence Howard — “Empire”
  • Zac Efron and Anna Kendrick — “Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates”

Best Villain

  • Allison Williams — “Get Out”
  • Demogorgon — “Stranger Things”
  • Jared Leto — “Suicide Squad”
  • Jeffrey Dean Morgan — “The Walking Dead” – Winner
  • Wes Bentley — “American Horror Story”

Best Host

  • Ellen DeGeneres — “The Ellen DeGeneres Show”
  • John Oliver — “Last Week Tonight With John Oliver”
  • RuPaul — “RuPaul’s Drag Race”
  • Samantha Bee — “Full Frontal With Samantha Bee”
  • Trevor Noah — “The Daily Show” — Winner

Best Documentary

  • “13TH” – Winner
  • “I Am Not Your Negro”
  • “O.J.: Made in America”
  • “This Is Everything: Gigi Gorgeous”
  • “TIME: The Kalief Browder Story”

Best Reality Competition

  • “America’s Got Talent”
  • “MasterChef Junior”
  • “RuPaul’s Drag Race” — Winner
  • “The Bachelor”
  • “The Voice”

Best Comedic Performance

  • Adam Devine — “Workaholics”
  • Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson — “Broad City”
  • Lil Rel Howery — “Get Out” — Winner
  • Seth MacFarlane — “Family Guy”
  • Seth Rogen — “Sausage Party”
  • Will Arnett — “The LEGO Batman Movie”

Best Hero

  • Felicity Jones — “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”
  • Grant Gustin — “The Flash”
  • Mike Colter — “Luke Cage”
  • Millie Bobby Brown — “Stranger Things”
  • Stephen Amell — “Arrow”
  • Taraji P. Henson — “Hidden Figures” – Winner


  • “Game of Thrones” — Hodor’s (Kristian Nairn) Death
  • “Grey’s Anatomy” — Meredith tells her children about Derek’s death (Ellen Pompeo)
  • “Me Before You” — Will (Sam Claflin) tells Louisa (Emilia Clarke) he can’t stay with her
  • “Moonlight” — Paula (Naomie Harris) tells Chiron (Trevante Rhodes) that she loves him
  • “This Is Us” — Jack (Milo Ventimiglia) and Randall (Lonnie Chavis) at karate — Winner

Next Generation

  • Chrissy Metz
  • Daniel Kaluuya — Winner
  • Issa Rae
  • Riz Ahmed
  • Yara Shahidi

Best Duo

  • Adam Levine and Blake Shelton — “The Voice”
  • Daniel Kaluuya and Lil Rel Howery — “Get Out”
  • Brian Tyree Henry and Lakeith Stanfield — “Atlanta”
  • Hugh Jackman and Dafne Keen — “Logan” — Winner
  • Josh Gad and Luke Evans — “Beauty and the Beast”
  • Martha Stewart and Snoop Dogg — “Martha and Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party”

Best American Story

  • “Black-ish” — Winner
  • “Fresh Off the Boat”
  • “Jane the Virgin”
  • “Moonlight”
  • “Transparent”

Best Fight Against the System

  • “Get Out”
  • “Hidden Figures” — Winner
  • “Loving”
  • “Luke Cage”
  • “Mr. Robot”