If you didn’t catch the MTV Movie Awards this weekend, here’s the low-down on the progressive moments that transpired:
MTV did away with gender-specific acting categories this year, meaning that all genders competed against one another for its fan-voted awards. For this historic shift, Billions actor Asia Kate Dillon, who identifies as gender non-binary, presented the Best Actor in a Movie award to Beauty and the Beast star Emma Watson and Stranger Things newcomer Millie Bobby Brown won Best Actor in a TV Show.
“The first acting award in history that doesn’t separate based on sex, to me it indicates the ability to put yourself in somebody else’s shoes, and that doesn’t need to be separated in two different categories,” said Watson.
MTV made sure to step up its game this year by updating the formerly Best Fight award to instead honor the Best Fight Against The System. This new category was awarded to the movie Hidden Figures.
Cast member Taraji P. Henson said, “This movie was bigger than all of us. We understood that, we understood the task at hand. We understood that this is a part of history that needed to be re-implemented into the blood and veins of American history.”
A first in television history, the anticipated Best Kiss award went to a tender moment between two teenage boys played by Ashton Sanders and Jharrel Jerome in the Oscar-winning film Moonlight. Sanders dedicated the win to “those who feel like the others, the misfits.” A big win, considering that the general public chooses the winners, this just goes to show that the American youth are progressive AF.
Normally, the MTV Awards are dismissed as frivolous and just a fun air-time filler. However, this year thanks to its dramatic makeover, the show managed to send out an important message that it’s more “respected” award peers like the Oscars haven’t done before – that is – to celebrate diversity, encourage equality, and be inclusive!
What was your favorite moment? Let us know in the comments!
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