What to Watch for at This Year's MTV Movie Awards
Who will win best kiss? Which actor will take home the trophy for best villain? Here's your guide to the annual awards show, airing Sunday.
Stars will gather Saturday at the MTV Movie Awards, where, after a very serious and long awards season, they'll let loose and celebrate whether Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan’s steamy elevator encounter will win best kiss and if Adam Driver will win best villain for Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Winners are decided online through fan voting. This year's taped broadcast will be co-hosted by comedian/actor Kevin Hart and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, who are starring in the action film Central Intelligence, which comes out in June.
The 25th annual ceremony will take place, for the first time in 21 years, at the Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank. The awards show is set to premiere exclusive clips from some of this year's most anticipated films, including Captain America: Civil War and J.K. Rowling’s newest project, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. The stars of those films, Chris Evans and Eddie Redmayne, will be on hand to present the clips from their respective movies.
Halle Berry, Zac Efron, Charlize Theron, Samuel L. Jackson and Chris Hemsworth are just some of the A-listers who will be presenting the golden popcorns on Saturday night. Other confirmed presenters include Common, Kendall Jenner, Gigi Hadid, Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele, Anna Kendrick, Emilia Clarke, Seth Rogen, Jesse Eisenberg, Lizzy Caplan, Woody Harrelson, Andy Samberg, Stephen Amell, Jessica Chastain, Alexander Skarsgard, Jonah Hill and Miles Teller.
The ceremony will air Sunday at 8 p.m. ET/PT on MTV. The show will also be simulcast on sister networks BET, CMT, Comedy Central, Logo, MTV2, TV Land, VH1 and VH1 Classic.
This year’s MTV Generation Award will be presented to Will Smith, who also will be there to debut an exclusive clip from his upcoming comic book-based movie Suicide Squad, alongside co-stars Jared Leto, Margot Robbie and Cara Delevingne. Melissa McCarthy, who next hits the big screen on Friday in The Boss, will receive the Comedic Genius Award.
In the midst of movie madness, the only two musical performances that have been confirmed so far are Ariana Grande, who will bow her single “Dangerous Woman” from her forthcoming album, and songstress Halsey will debut her single “Castle” from the upcoming Universal film The Huntsman: Winter’s War.
“This song is so important to me as a woman; it’s about not letting anything get in your way,” Halsey told MTV. “I’m so happy MTV and The Huntsman are giving me the opportunity to present that message on television. Plus, it’ll look sick.”
The Force Awakens could go home with the most wins, given its 11 nominations including movie of the year. Trailing right behind the J.J. Abrams-helmed film in mentions is the unconventional superhero Deadpool with eight.
The other pic that is nominated for both movie of the year and the true story award is Ice Cube and Dr. Dre’s Straight Outta Compton, which was snubbed at both the Oscars and the Golden Globes. Incidentally, fellow Compton native Kendrick Lamar will be presenting an award. The Compton cast is expected to attend as are Amy Poehler, Chris Pratt, Ryan Reynolds, Rebel Wilson, Daisy Ridley and JJ Abrams.
The Hollywood Reporter will be covering all the news at the awards show. Check THR.com on Sunday for the latest red-carpet photos, winners and videos.