When it comes to the MTV Movie & TV Awards, expect the unexpected. For where else can a movie based on comics win more awards and a musical earn its due than in the clutches of ogling fans? Not the Oscars, that’s for sure.
Take Avengers: Endgame, for example. Probably not the best Marvel movie ever made, but pretty darned satisfying and emotional as things like that go. Endgame took home Best Movie, Best Hero (Robert Downey, Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man), and Best Villain (Josh Brolin as Thanos).
Oh, and let’s not discount the moment when Brie Larson of Captain Marvel captured Best Fight. Larson let her stunt women bask in the glory of the podium, giving a shout out to her girls. How many times did we fall in love with Larson for her generosity, kindness, and total appreciation for her fellow crew? Not since Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga loved it up in A Star Is Born did our hearts melt with such intensity.
— Variety (@Variety) June 18, 2019
And for all the dissing Oscar did to A Star Is Born? It was a star reborn as “Shallow” won for Best Musical Moment and Lady Gaga won for Best Performance in a Movie. The other nominees in the category deserved it too, but justice—in the end—prevailed.
Speaking of justices, how about giving a shout out to Ruth Bader Ginsberg, a.k.a. RBG, for winning Best Real Life Hero. The honorable RBG was nominated in four categories, including Best Fight (which Captain Marvel took), Best Documentary, and Best Meme-able Moment.
Cut first time host and Shazam star Zachary Levi some slack for being such a well-versed historian. While viewership was lower, Levi did manage to piss off Love & Hip Hop star Ray J when his joke, “Although I’m sure some of you are more familiar with his work as a cameraman” (Ray J was the man behind Kim K’s sex tape) fell flatter than a witch’s tit. And Princess Love flipped a double bird in return.
As if the night wasn’t already oozing with unabashed love, Generation Award recipient Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson added even more saccharin goodness with his spirited acceptance speech:
“The most powerful thing that we could be is ourselves,” said the Rock. “When I first got to Hollywood, Hollywood…they didn’t know what the hell to do with me. I was a half-black, half-Samoan, six-foot-four, 275-pound pro wrestler. I was told at that time, you gotta be a certain way. You gotta drop some weight. You gotta be somebody different. You gotta stop working out. Stop doing the thing that I love. You gotta stop calling yourself ‘The Rock.’ What? For years I bought into it because you think, ‘Oh, that’s what I’m supposed to do,’ and I was miserable doing that. So I made a choice, and the choice I made was I wasn’t gonna conform to Hollywood. Hollywood was gonna conform to me.”
We end our recap with Best Kiss winner Lana Condor’s passionate speech on choice: “Kiss who you want to kiss, love who you want to love, and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.”
Here is the complete list of winners for the 2019 MTV Movie & TV Awards:
Best Movie: Avengers: Endgame
Best Show: Game of Thrones
Best Performance in a Movie: Lady Gaga (Ally) — A Star is Born
Best Performance in a Show: Elisabeth Moss (June Osborne/Offred) — The Handmaid’s Tale
Best Hero: Robert Downey Jr. (Tony Stark/Iron Man) — Avengers: Endgame
Best Villain: Josh Brolin (Thanos) — Avengers: Endgame
Best Kiss: Noah Centineo & Lana Condor (Peter Kavinsky & Lara Jean) — To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before
Reality Royalty: Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta
Best Comedic Performance: Dan Levy (David Rose) — Schitt’s Creek
Breakthrough Performance: Noah Centineo (Peter Kavinsky) — To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before
Best Fight: Captain Marvel — Captain Marvel vs. Minn-Erva
Best Real-Life Hero: Ruth Bader Ginsburg — RBG
Most Frightened Performance: Sandra Bullock (Malorie) — Bird Box
Best Documentary: Surviving R. Kelly
Best Host: Nick Cannon — Wild ‘n Out
Most Meme-able Moment: The Bachelor — Colton Underwood jumps the fence
Best Musical Moment: A Star is Born — “Shallow”