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.
The duo’s kiss was nominated alongside Emma Stone’s and Ryan Gosling’s smooch in La La Land, Emma Watson’s and Dan Stevens’ kiss in Beauty and the Beast, Taraji P. Henson’s and Terrence Howard’s steamy moment in Empire and Zac Efron’s and Anna Kendrick’s kiss in Mike & Dave Need Wedding Dates.
“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 his sexuality. The actor who plays Chiron’s love interest throughout his childhood, adolescence and young adulthood is 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.
Adam DeVine is the host of this year’s MTV Movie & TV Awards, which is airing live from Los Angeles’ Shrine Auditorium.