Another year, another award show. This year’s MTV Movie Awards took place on Sunday, May 17 at the Palladium in Los Angeles. The night was full of surprises from host Leslie Jones with her over-the-top comedic style. MTV’s biggest movie night gave first looks into Marvel properties and the next chapter of The Conjuring universe. From To All the Boys Always and Forever scoring the “Best Movie” award to more moments that made the show worth watching, here are some of the best moments from the show.
Leslie Jones Steals the Show
Leslie Jones is far from amateur at what she does. The comedian, known for Ghostbusters and SNL, started the night off spoofing the fan-favorite WandaVision. In Jones’ version titled LeslieVision, she transports herself to the Upper East Side in The Joneses, manipulates reality in Good Times, and becomes Steve Urkel in Family Matters (Leslie Matters in this case). While doing so, Jimmy Woo (Randall Park) and Darcy Lewis (Kat Dennings) from WandaVision point out that she is “making everything blacker.” Jones breaks the fourth wall replying “It’s about damn time.” The opening sequence then glitches out onto Jones taking the stage ready to kick off the show.
During the opening monologue, Jones’ witty jokes on dating and watching a little too much TV, liven up a small crowd surrounding the stage. Throughout the show, she spoofs a couple more TV shows and movies from the past year in true MTV Movie Awards fashion. Jones appears in a One Night in Miami scene as Cassandra Thomas in her nurse outfit from Promising Young Woman. She also shows up in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Godzilla vs. Kong, and Bridgerton.
Jones left the night with more than a few cameos in movies and TV; She won a coveted popcorn bucket for “Best Comedic Performance” for her role in Coming 2 America. In full wardrobe inspired by the film, Jones was joined with dancers before accepting her award and thanked Eddie Murphy.
ScarJo Receives MTV’s Generation Award
This year’s recipient for “MTV’s Generation Award” recognized Scarlett Johansson’s trajectory in film. Accepting the award from the comfort of her home, Johansson had nothing but love for the people involved in her films. “Watching that reel reminds me of all the incredibly inspiring collaborators that I’ve been fortunate enough to work with for over 3 decades. I never would have been able to continue to evolve as an actor for the last 30 years without the support and dedication of so many cast and crew members.” She said, “This award really belongs to many hundreds of creative people all over the world.”
Of course she couldn’t end her speech without a big thanks to her fans who have “[ridden] the wave” with her. The Lucy actress was then surprised by her husband, Colin Jost, who mistakenly dumps green slime on her. In his defense, he believed this was the Nickelodeon Awards, known for dumping their signature green slime on their winners. She finishes off by giving a sneak peek into her upcoming movie, Black Widow.
“Best Kiss” Award Brings on the Heat
What are the MTV Movie Awards without having a “Best Kiss” moment? Previous years gave us iconic kisses from Selma Blair and Michelle Gellar, Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling, and even a Twilight tease with Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart. This year, Addison Rae and Tanner Buchanan, who are starring together in He’s All That, presented the award for “Best Kiss.” “So I know what you’re all thinking,” teased the TikTok star on whether they should share a kiss onstage. The two played coy, claiming that their kiss would “run the risk of giving the show a more mature rating.” The two ended up sharing a kiss after the nominee reel ended and both showed “undeniable chemistry.”
Chase Stokes and girlfriend Madelyn Cline joined the He’s All That stars on stage after being announced as this years winners. The real life and onscreen couple recreated their kiss from Outer Banks, sending the crowd into an uproar.
Chadwick Boseman’s Posthumous Win
MTV celebrated Chadwick Boseman’s life and the important work he left behind. Yara Shahidi presented the award for “Best Performance in a Movie.” Boseman’s performance in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom secured him another golden popcorn award. His first batch of MTV Movie Awards was in 2018 for his work in Black Panter, during which he thanked his fans and co-workers. Shahidi accepted the award on Boseman’s behalf, penning a heartfelt speech that celebrated the impact he left on the world. “I know I speak for myself, his legions of fans, and the community he so beautifully represented when I say we are honored to celebrate his art today and everyday.” She said, “His impact is everlasting and we are eternally grateful for the way his presence and his art has changed the world. We love you and we miss you.”
The speech was met with a standing ovation. The 27 Bridges actor passed away last year, leaving behind a collection of movies that showcased his passion for film and shined on his talent. Boseman has posthumously won awards at the Critic’s Choice Awards, Golden Globes Awards, and the Screen Actor’s Guild Awards for his role in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.
WandaVision Dominates the Show
The Disney+ series took the world by storm when it premiered and snagged multiple golden popcorn buckets at the MTV Movie Awards. Elizabeth Olsen who played Wanda Maximoff and Kathryn Hahn who played Agatha Harkness took home the award for “Best Performance in a Show” and “Best Villain,” respectfully. Both actresses later won a joint award for “Best Fight” and later returned to the stage to accept the award for “Best Show.” Olsen ended off on an inspirational note, quoting Des’ree‘s “You Gotta Be.”
Fellow Marvel alum, Anthony Mackie, also took home some gold. Mackie won Best Hero for Falcon and the Winter Soldier and later “Best Duo” with Sebastian Stan for their Disney+ show.
Tom Hiddleston made a brief appearance, giving fans a world premiere look into his upcoming Loki series on Disney+.
The full winners list could be found here.