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 Madix, Katie Maloney, Scheana Shay, and LaLa Kent on “Vanderpump Rules”
Best Music Documentary: “Selena Gomez: My Mind & Me”