MTV Movie & TV Awards: Best and Worst Moments

8:20 PM 5/7/2017

by Farnoush Amiri

Millie Bobby Brown gets emotional, a 'Beauty and the Beast' homage and gender-neutral acting awards were among the most memorable moments from Sunday night's show.

The newly rebranded MTV Movie & TV Awards aired on Sunday night and with the added categories to accommodate talent in both the big and small screen and gender neutrality, the annual awards show had breakout moments, including political jabs, elaborate dance scenes and hit performances. The most memorable moments of the night included host Adam DeVine's star-studded opening number and the Fast and Furious receiving the Generation Award while paying homage to their late co-star, Paul Walker.

The new categories that were added to the fan-voted awards show this year included best host, best reality competition, tearjerker, next generation, trending, best musical moment and best American story, which showcases America at its best, open and diverse — and combined the best actor and actress categories into one.

Below, a list of the best and worst moments from Sunday's show.

  • Adam DeVine’s 'Beauty and the Beast' Homage

    MTV Movie & TV Awards host Adam DeVine kicked off the show Sunday night with a tribute to Beauty and the Beast. DeVine parodied the live-action movie by dressing up as the prince in a pretaped moment — reminiscent of the first moments of the Emma Watson-starring box-office hit showing the prince (Dan Stevens in the movie) before he was turned into the beast — and then appearing onstage as the beast.

    Singing a song to the tune of the "Beast and the Beast," DeVine crooned about how TV was added into the mix this year alongside films. He also sang to the tune of "Be Our Guest" before calling Beauty and the Beast star Josh Gad onstage to sing a song about "Logan" — as Logan star Hugh Jackman smiled appreciatively from the audience — to the tune "Gaston." DeVine's Pitch Perfect co-star Rebel Wilson — dressed as Mrs. Potts — also serenaded another Pitch Perfect alum, Hailee Steinfeld (as Belle in her iconic yellow gown), as she danced with DeVine.

  • Asia Kate Dilon Presents First Gender Neutral Category

    The MTV Movie & TV Awards began with a celebration of gender fluidity as gender-neutral nonbinary performer Asia Kate Dillon (Billions) presented the show's first gender-neutral acting award. Dillon presented the best actor in a movie award to Beauty and the Beast's Emma Watson. The nominees in the category, as is true of other MTV Movie & TV Awards acting categories, included both male and female performers, something MTV, VH1 and Logo general manager Amy Doyle said was inspired by the MTV audience "uniformly rejecting obsolete labels and embracing fluidity."

  • 'Fast and Furious' Cast Recieves Generation Award

    The Fate of the Furious stars Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster and Tyrese Gibson accepted the MTV Generation Award on Sunday night, marking the first time a film franchise has received this honor instead of an individual actor.

    Diesel, who also is a producer, accepted the award on stage and said, "In 2002, I was standing on this stage and MTV gave me and Paul Walker an award for best duo and now 15 years later I'm here and you're giving us a Generation Award." The action star then went on to thank the generation for accepting his "multicultural franchise," and ended his acceptance speech by giving homage to his longtime friend and fellow Fast and Furious co-star, the late Walker: "Thanks Pablo, we hope you're proud."

  • Trevor Noah Thanks President Trump

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    Trevor Noah won the golden popcorn award for best host and took the stage to thank his mom and also the president of the United States, saying, "Thank you to Donald J. Trump for the comedy; the 'J' stands for Jesus I don’t know if you knew that."

    The Daily Show host also took a moment to acknowledge France's momentous election, where centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron won the popular vote, defeating right-wing candidate Marine Le Pen, saying, "Thank you to France for making the right decision."

  • Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn Poke Fun at Oscar Best Picture Snafu

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    Snatched co-stars Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn took the stage to present the award for movie of the year, and like many other awards-show presenters this award season, they took the opportunity to poke fun at the infamous Oscar best picture snafu — first saying that "La La Light" had won, then "Moonland" — before announcing the real recipient of the golden popcorn, Beauty and the Beast.

    The now infamous moment in Oscar history happened when presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway accidentally announced the winner of the night's biggest award as La La Land instead of Moonlight when they were handed the wrong envelope.

    Emma Stone and Josh Gad came up to accept the award alongside the film's director Bill Condon.

  • Allison Williams Puts Adam DeVine Into a "Sunken Place"

    Host Adam DeVine got sucked into the "sunken place" by Get Out star Allison Williams while hosting the MTV Movie & TV Awards on Sunday night.

    The Pitch Perfect star began by lauding Williams about her movie's success and how he believes in the "sunken place," which is an alternate realm that the mother of Williams' character puts her boyfriend in during the film.

    While in the alternate reality, Devine runs into Barb from Stranger Things, Trey Songz and Aubrey Plaza.

  • 'Moonlight's' Ashton Sanders and Jharrel Jerome Win Best Kiss

    Moonlight's Ashton Sanders and Jharrel Jerome received the award for best kiss at the MTV Movie & TV Awards on Sunday night. The young actors accepted the award for their kiss in the Oscar-winning film.

    "I think it is safe to say that it is OK for us young performers, especially us minority performers, to step out of the box," Jerome said onstage.

    This year's Oscar best picture depicts the story of Chiron as he goes through the different phases of his life while understanding of his sexuality. The actor who plays Chiron's love interest throughout his childhood, adolescent and young adulthood is played by Jerome, who expressed the importance of this award going to a kiss between two gay men.

    "This award is bigger than Jharrel and I. This represents more than a kiss, it represents those who feel like the others, the misfits, this represents us," Sanders said upon accepting their award.


  • Millie Bobby Brown Gets Emotional During Acceptance Speech

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    Stranger Things star Millie Bobby Brown won the golden popcorn for best actor in a show at the awards show Sunday night. The 13-year-old starlet began to get emotional while thanking her cast, crew and management upon accepting her award for her role in the critically acclaimed Netflix show, getting teary eyed and taking a pause to compose herself.


  • New Trailers and Exclusive Clips

    During the show, stars several movies appeared to present new trailers or exclusive clips. Mark Wahlberg presented a sneak peek at Transformer: The Last Knight, Gal Gadot introduced a new Wonder Woman trailer, and Spider-Man: Homecoming stars Tom Holland and Zendaya introduced a new clip from their movie. In addition, It stars Jaeden Lieberher, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Sophia Lillis, Finn Wolfhard, Wyatt Oleff, Chosen Jacobs and Jack Dylan Grazer — known collectively in the film as The Losers Club — introduced a never-before-seen clip.