Box office-busting ‘Avengers: Endgame’ dominated the MTV Movie and TV Awards Monday, as ‘Captain Marvel’ star Brie Larsen led tributes to real-life heroines by ceding the spotlight to her stunt doubles. ‘Endgame,’ the second-highest grossing film of all time, picked up the best movie award, as well as ‘Best Hero’ for Robert Downey Jr’s Iron Man and ‘Best Villain’ for Josh Brolin as Thanos.
Oscar-winner Brie Larsen added to the superheroes’ haul by picking up the ‘Best Fight’ award, praising her stunt workers as the “living embodiment of Captain Marvel” as she brought them up on stage.
And in the evening’s most poignant moment, victims of sexual abuse were honored by the producers of ‘Surviving R. Kelly’, which won ‘Best Documentary’. “Survivors walked through the fire and then stood again to tell this story,” said Lifetime network executive Brie Miranda Bryant.
The docu-series has led Chicago prosecutors to publicly seek out potential victims of R&B star Kelly, who has pleaded not guilty to felony sex crime charges.
“This isn’t just a trophy to us because this really speaks to the important cultural impact that this generated from this documentary,” Bryant added.
But it was a disappointing night for ‘Game of Thrones’, which won ‘Best Show’ but lost out in three other categories.
Wrestler-turned-actor Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson was honored with a ‘Generation Award’.
The MTV Movie and TV Awards have been taking a sideways look at Hollywood since 1992, honoring films and their actors with ‘golden popcorn’ statuettes. The nominees are decided by producers and MTV executives, while the winners are chosen by the public, who vote online.
As a result, the awards have historically recognized commercial favorites, in contrast to the Oscars and other events based on critical or industry acclaim.
This year it added off-beat new categories for ‘Most Meme-able Moment’ and ‘Reality Royalty’.
For the second year running, the show was pre-recorded on Saturday in a cavernous hangar at Santa Monica Airport in southern California.
Here is the full list of winners:
BEST MOVIE: Avengers: Endgame
BEST SHOW: Game of Thrones
BEST PERFORMANCE IN A MOVIE: Lady Gaga — ‘A Star Is Born’
BEST PERFORMANCE IN A SHOW: Elisabeth Moss — ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’
BEST HERO: Robert Downey Jr. — ‘Avengers: Endgame’
BEST VILLAIN: Josh Brolin — ‘Avengers: Endgame’
BEST KISS: Noah Centineo & Lana Condor — ‘To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before’
REALITY ROYALTY: Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta
BEST COMEDIC PERFORMANCE: Daniel Levy – ‘Schitt’s Creek’
BREAKTHROUGH PERFORMANCE: Noah Centineo — ‘To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before’
BEST FIGHT: Captain Marvel vs. Minn-Erva – ‘Captain Marvel’
BEST REAL-LIFE HERO: Ruth Bader Ginsburg — ‘RBG’
MOST FRIGHTENED PERFORMANCE: Sandra Bullock — ‘Bird Box’
BEST DOCUMENTARY: Surviving R. Kelly
BEST HOST: Nick Cannon — ‘Wild ‘n Out’
MOST MEME-ABLE MOMENT: Colton Underwood jumps the fence – ‘The Bachelor’
BEST MUSICAL MOMENT: Shallow – ‘A Star Is Born’
Copyright AFP (Agence France-Press), 2019