MTV Put On a COVID-Style Award Show Last Night

Despite the Writers Guild strike, MTV went ahead with its “Movie and TV Awards”, But it was NOT a typical award show.  It was actually a lot like award shows were during COVID.

No host, no audience, no theater, no presenters.  Just an announcer naming the nominees, then the winner.  Some winners gave pre-taped video acceptance speeches, some didn’t.

Drew Barrymore, who would have hosted if the strike didn’t happen, appeared in a few (painfully unfunny) bits that were apparently recorded before the strike.

The show was “only” two hours, and it was STILL padded with “greatest hits”-type bits from past shows, as well as new trailers and clips from upcoming movies and TV shows.

If there was a highlight, it would have to be Tom Cruise accepting the award for Best Performance in a Movie while flying a fighter jet.  Other winners on the night included “Scream 6” for Best Movie, “The Last of Us” for Best Show, “Wednesday” star Jenna Ortega for Best Performance in a show, and  Pedro Pascal from “The Last of Us” for Best Hero.

(Check out videos from the show here.)


The 2023 “MTV Movie & TV Award” Winners

Best Movie:  “Scream 6”

Best Show:  “The Last of Us”

Best Performance in a Movie:  Tom Cruise in “Top Gun: Maverick”

Best Performance in a Show:  Jenna Ortega on “Wednesday”

Best Hero:  Pedro Pascal on “The Last of Us”

Best Villain:  Elizabeth Olsen in “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness”

Best Kiss: Madison Bailey and Rudy Pankow on “Outer Banks”

Best Comedic Performance:  Adam Sandler in “Murder Mystery 2”

Breakthrough Performance:  Joseph Quinn on “Stranger Things”

Best Fight:  Courteney Cox (Gale Weathers) vs. Ghostface in “Scream 6”

Most Frightened Performance:  Jennifer Coolidge on “The White Lotus”

Best Duo:  Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey on “The Last of Us”

Best Kick-Ass Cast:  “Stranger Things”

Best Song:  “Carolina” by Taylor Swift from “Where the Crawdads Sing”

Best Docu-Reality Series:  “The Kardashians”

Best Competition Series:  “RuPaul’s Drag Race: All-Stars”

Best Host:  Drew Barrymore on “The Drew Barrymore Show”

Best Reality Onscreen Team:  Ariana MadixKatie MaloneyScheana Shay, and LaLa Kent on “Vanderpump Rules”

Best Music Documentary:  “Selena Gomez: My Mind & Me”