The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of the 2017 MTV Movie & TV Awards

MTV Movie & TV Awards
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This year the MTV Movie Awards decided to get with the times and stop ignoring the entire visual medium of television by including it in its awards ceremony. The 2017 edition was also the first ever to have gender-neutral awards — non-binary “Billions” performer Asia Kate Dillon presented Emma Watson with the best actor in a movie award to make for one of the evening’s most touching moments. But Sunday night’s affair at USC’s Shrine Auditorium also had its fair share of beast to go along with the beauty. So be our guest in exploring some of the notable ‘head scratches’ ‘heart melts’ and ‘hell yeahs’ of the 2017 MTV Film and TV Awards.

Head Scratch:

With around 15 minutes to go before host Adam DeVine literally set the house on fire with his “Beauty and the Beast”-inspired opening song, a team of around 10 stage hands were on their hands and knees scrubbing the stage with panicked vigor. The stage was covered in confetti about half an hour in, making the build-up to the show seem more like a Cinderella story, only with fewer glass slippers and more scrubbing floors.


Asia Kate Dillon MTV Movie Awards

Asia Kate Dillon ‘Proud’ Presenting Historic Non-Gendered Award at MTV Awards: ‘It Feels Really Right’

Hell Yeah:

After Rebel Wilson and her steaming hot Mrs. Potts had left the stage, the first award of the night was presented by Dillon, who announced the winner of the first ever non-binary acting award as Emma Watson for her Belle turn in “Beauty and the Beast.” Watson acknowledged the significance of the moment, “The first acting award in history that doesn’t separate nominees based on their sex says something about how we perceive the human experience,” Watson said. The Academy, take note!

Heart Melt:

Millie Bobby Brown’s performance as Eleven has already melted many hearts, but on Sunday night she was in spectacularly moving form. Receiving the best actor in a show award, the “Stranger Things” star broke down into tears when thanking the cast and crew for “being her second family.” “I wanna thank my family and my mum and dad for being supportive,” Brown sobbed. (Cue audible nose-blowing from row Z.)

Head Scratch:

Channeling her older sister’s badass streak, Noah Cyrus performed a high energy rendition of her latest song, “Stay Together,” complete with half-pipe skaters, back-up dancers and a mob of random party-goers. After the rigmarole of setting up a giant half-pipe in a 30-second ad break, one might have expected some impressive skating tricks and twists to ensue, but as Cyrus sang in the foreground, a quartet of skaters merely went up and down the pipe in a relatively simple fashion until one of them face-planted into the ramp. Thank goodness they were wearing knee pads!


MTV Movie & TV Awards Red Carpet Arrivals

Hell Yeah:

Jharrel Jerome and Ashton Sanders were already the life and soul of the MTV Awards party before they even stepped on the stage to accept their best kiss popcorn bucket for their beautiful beachfront embrace in “Moonlight.” Their table, which also comprised of Issa Rae and her “Insecure” crew, kept dancing throughout the night, and the pair also brought their infectious energy to their speech. “I think it is safe to say that it is okay for us young performers, especially us minority performers, to step out of the box. I think it’s okay to step out of the box and do whatever it takes to tell the story and make a change,” Jerome said to rapturous applause and whoops from the audience. “This is for those who feel like the others, the misfits; this represents us,” Sanders added.

Heart Melt:

As the show drew to a close and many in the audience asked themselves if Millie Bobby Brown’s speech be topped in terms of poise and adorableness, the final award of the evening came around. “Stranger Things” took home the Show of the Year award, which appropriately was presented by the cast of another Netflix show, “13 Reasons Why.” With the “Stranger Things” kids at the top of the stairs, time in the auditorium seemed to slow down as they faced the “13 Reasons Why” brigade in a “Dirty Harry”-style standoff, which was resolved with a flurry of hugs while the audience melted. My day was made, punk.

Find the complete winner’s list of the 2017 MTV Movie & TV Awards here.

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  1. RR says:

    Oh, another review, for another unaward show for children who received participation soccer trophies. There are so many, didn’t realize this one aired. Hmmmm, MTV… they’re still around, I guess, having survived the hip hop boom of the 80s.

  2. Phillip says:

    Well let’s see:

    The good: NONE

    The bad: It’s worse than that!

    The ugly: It’s the SJW garbage peddled on this award show, from awarding gay sex to the Best Kiss category, to changing Best Fight to Best Fight Against the System (more like biggest SJW douchebag), as well as professional retards (I hope) Maxine (drowns in the) Waters to Trevor Noah, and the fact that MTV has morphed into the SJW channel (them moving on from playing music videos 24/7 is the least of my worries, as I watch music videos on YouTube anytime of the day), this is not even by far, this is the absolute worst award ceremony in the history of mankind. I could go on and on talking about every qualitative failing this year was, but I’ll just leave this for now. In short, screw MTV!

  3. Stephen Jacewicz says:

    Here’s the ugly: While Moonlight is a great film in general, what’s ugly is the same-sex kiss winning the award. Unpurposeful same-sex actions are totally against God. Doesn’t anybody get it by now!!!????? I’m not being mean, I am standing up for what’s right in the Lord’s eyes.

    • VforValmont says:

      Yeah, but that lord is yours, and is not the only one. Hey, even some people don’t aknowledge his non-proof existence.

  4. Alex says:

    The MTV Movie awards is no longer the awards show everyone is talking about the following day. It’s use to make news, not anymore.

  5. azarkhan says:

    Who got the “Best Pig-ressive Idiot” award?

  6. lindsey says:

    I’d never heard of Asia Dillon, and I’ve never heard a presenter reintroduce themselves at an awards show. Here’s Asia Dillon! “Hi, I’m Asia Dillion!” Weird.

    “The first acting award in history that doesn’t separate nominees based on their sex says something about how we perceive the human experience,” SO HERE’S YOUR BUCKET OF GOLDEN POPCORN! Barrier smashed! Obviously the producers juggled the amount of talent willing to attend and found other awards for them.

    MTV Movie Awards used to feel like they were driven by the comedy of the hosts, but now it seems like the host is shoe horned into small corners of the show and the producers/MTV are firmly steering the ship (towards an iceberg). What a waste of Adam Devine (aka Jack Black lite). In the age of the viral video, it’s baffling that shows are too cheap to produce two or three digital shorts with the host.

    Also, the live announcer, Issa Rae, was simply amateurish – she sounded drunk.

  7. Steve says:

    You’d like the Oscars to be gender neutral. Then, he’s a fun assignment for Variety:
    Go through all of the past Best Actor and Actress winners.
    Let us know (if there were just 1 combined winner) who would have won.

    Emma Stone or Casey Affleck?
    Brie or Leonardo?

    Either way…someone loses out. And I bet there will be shouting of either women or men being marginalized.

    Do you nominate 10 people only regardless of gender? Or just 5?
    What happens when 7 of the 10 are women, and yet a man wins. Or vice-versa?

    • Really says:

      Buddy, we don’t need your logic and reasonable answers. This is Variety. What’s the matter with you?

  8. Grand Mesa says:

    Never watched MTV

  9. JeffC says:

    Slouching towards irrelevance. Who cares????

  10. Kev says:

    MTV turned itself into a political deal and diminished their focus on music. I think polarizing themselves just devastated them into complete oblivion.

  11. Wow what a cringe written article — why am I reading this?

  12. MTV is a total joke. Just another pulpit for the show-biz ‘elite’ who are desperate to preach their warped politics.
    Ellie and Jim are correct.

  13. Clete Munson says:

    you, apparently.

  14. Ellie says:

    Emma Watson, get over yourself.

    You are a rich woman, a competent actress, period.

    • Courtney says:

      Except for the whole “UN Women Goodwill Ambassador” thing. Get over yourself Ellie.

      • Ellie says:

        A nod to a celebrity intended to bring eyeballs to the UN, there are a bunch of them. Nothing wrong with the post/title, but the two of us together don’t have enough fingers and toes to count all the celebs who are UN something-or-others.

        Going on about gender free awards after picking up a popcorn container shaped award from MTV is just a little too pompous and lacking in self awareness for me.

        Don’t get your panties in a twist, I’m sure EW doesn’t care as much about my opinion of her as you do.

        So, enough time wasted on criticizing and defending someone who in the long run is irrelevant to both our lives.

        Have a good day. Hope you enjoyed The Circle.

    • Ellie, get over your self-righteous insecurity says:

      No Ellie

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