×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

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

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.

Popular on Variety

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!

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.

More Scene

  • NEW YORK, NEW YORK - DECEMBER

    Donna Karan, Mary-Louise Parker Honored at David Lynch Foundation's Women of Vision Awards

    Donna Karan, Mary-Louise Parker and Deborra-Lee Furness were celebrated for their charitable work at the David Lynch Foundation’s 2019 Women of Vision Awards. “We are all being guided to come together as one. There is so much chaos in the world right now,” Karan said, while accepting her Lifetime Achievement Award at the annual luncheon on [...]

  • Bill Hader

    Bill Hader, Greg Berlanti, Margie Cohn and Cindy Holland Inducted Into Variety Hall of Fame

    Variety’s annual Hall of Fame ceremony mixed comedy, gratitude and warmth at the annual awards ceremony Tuesday night at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills. Because the class of 2019 celebrates technical innovation and achievement across film, TV, digital, video games and music. The honorees — Greg Berlanti, Bill Hader, Cindy Holland, Dametra Johnson-Marletti, [...]

  • Billy Porter FNAA

    Billy Porter Explains Why Fashion 'Can and Should' Be Activism

    On Tuesday in New York City, a handful of fashion’s marquee names, including Kenneth Cole, Tommy Hilfiger, Steve Madden and Pete Nordstrom, and many of its muses, including Billy Porter, Lena Waithe, Adriana Lima and Paris Hilton, gathered to celebrate the annual Footwear News Achievement Awards — or, as it’s more colloquially dubbed, the “Shoe Oscars.” Activism and the potential for designers to spur [...]

  • Tiffany Haddish Black Mitzvah

    Barbra Streisand Gives Tiffany Haddish Star of David Necklace for Her 'Black Mitzvah'

    Tiffany Haddish rang in her 40th birthday Tuesday night by celebrating her black and Jewish heritage with a star-studded “Black Mitzvah” party. One of Haddish’s famous friends, Barbra Streisand, was noticeably absent from the festivities, but sent the comedian a special memento for the occasion. “She got me this beautiful Star of David,” Haddish told [...]

  • Kasi Lemmons

    'Harriet' Director Kasi Lemmons Weighs In on Julia Roberts Casting Controversy

    Eddie Murphy, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Nia Long and “Harriet” filmmaker Kasi Lemmons were honored for their contributions to the industry Monday night at the inaugural celebration of black cinema by the Critics Choice Association. And as the event, held at the Landmark Annex in Los Angeles, looked back on how far people of color have come [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content