Last night’s MTV Movie and TV Awards were the first time that the acting categories were gender neutral, with men and women nominated in a single category, which I didn’t mind actually. I thought it was a great idea for a less popular awards show like this one, as it helped moved the show along. Kaiser and some other people made the point on Twitter that, if the larger awards shows did this, like The Academy Awards or Emmys, more men would win and it would give women less of a chance, which is likely true. The nominees for the MTV Awards are picked by MTV executives, but winners are decided by an online vote. I can see that being more “fair” than a panel of voters and whatever complicated weighting system is in place to count the votes. So the MTV Movie Awards are unique that way, they skew much younger of course, and it’s doubtful gender neutral categories will be adopted by other awards shows. It wasn’t a bad idea for this one I just didn’t think it was as progressive as they were touting.
Millie Bobby Brown won Best Actor in a Show, for her work as Eleven in Stranger Things, which also took home the award for Show of The Year. She was in a white sequin custom Calvin Klein shift dress which she accessorized with a blue ACLU ribbon and a blue ampersand, which represents support for GLAAD. The only thing I would complain about with this outfit were the white cowboy boots. They looked bizarre on camera and didn’t go with the dress, but overall she was very age appropriate and cute, which is typical for her. You can see her speech here on YouTube. She cried during it but she was still so self-possessed and well spoken. You get the impression that she’s very professional at the young age of 13.
Here’s presenter Hailee Steinfeld in Fausto Puglisi. This dress is goofy and gaudy with those cutouts, that pastel lilac color and those gold and silver embellishments. At least she’s not known as Justin Bieber’s girlfriend though, right?
Hailee was dressed in the yellow Belle dress from Beauty and The Beast for the opening number, and she was super cute in that I thought. Adam DeVine hosted last night and his whole bit was owning his awkwardness, which worked somewhat. It was entertaining, except for the subpar musical acts, and didn’t go on too long.
Speaking of the musical acts, here’s former Fifth Harmony member Camila Cabello, who performed her song “Hey Ma,” from The Fate of The Furious, with J Balvin & Pitbull. I guess her thing is floral dresses. This song wasn’t incredible, but it’s mildly catchy and it was SO MUCH better than Noah Cyrus’s performance. They had actual dancers, a beat, and musicians who had more going for them than being Miley Cyrus’s sister. Also, I just watched the video and it’s not bad, it’s a cute little pop song.
Also Kat Graham was there in a huge loose black pantsuit with one arm. You know that the MTV Movie Awards were not well attended when Kat Graham showed up but Nina Dobrev couldn’t be bothered.
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