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MTV Movie & TV Awards
Current: 2021 MTV Movie & TV Awards
This is a picture of the "golden popcorn" awarded at the 2012 MTV Movie Awards.
Awarded forPopularity in film and television
Country United States
Presented byMTV
First awardedJune 10, 1992; 29 years ago (1992-06-10)​movie-and-tv-awards

The MTV Movie & TV Awards (formerly the MTV Movie Awards)[1] is a film and television awards show presented annually on MTV. The first MTV Movie Awards were presented in 1992. The ceremony was renamed the MTV Movie & TV Awards for its 26th edition in 2017 to also honor work in television as well as film.[1]

The awards have traditionally been tied to the start of the summer blockbuster season for the film industry, and with the launch of the television awards, the opening of that industry's awards season. The nominees are decided by producers and executives at MTV. The winners are then decided by the general public. Presently,[when?] voting is done only through an official MTV Movie & TV Awards voting website.[2] Winners are presented with the "golden popcorn" statue made by New-York-firm Society Awards.[3]

Production process[edit]

For much of its history, the ceremony was recorded for later broadcast, unlike the MTV Video Music Awards, which are usually live, but not live-to-tape, where the ceremony occurred in chronological order with appropriate edits. This meant that the ceremony was recorded out of order with the host segments recorded all at the start, followed by the musical performances and then award presentations, where those artists and actors nominated could choose to stay only for their award category and then depart after, with a seat filler filling their seat before or afterwards. After 2006, when Survivor producer Mark Burnett (who took over duties from Joel Gallen for the 2007 awards) took over production duties,[4] it began to be broadcast live most years, though since 2017, it has been recorded to air on a one or two-day delay, but broadcast live-to-tape.

Since 2007, polls for several awards have been voted on through MTV's web and social media presences.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there was no word about the 2020 awards, either regarding the nominations or a date for the ceremony. Internally, the network had discussed a permanent move of the ceremony to December, which would place it in the early portion of awards season before the Golden Globe Awards.[5]

On December 6, 2020, MTV aired a one-off special hosted by Vanessa Hudgens, MTV Movie & TV Awards: Greatest of All Time, which highlighted the greatest moments of film and television since the 1980s, as well as moments from past editions of the ceremony. The network stated a goal for a larger, weekend-long ceremony in 2021.[6] MTV announced on March 11, 2021 that the 2021 MTV Movie & TV Awards would be held on May 16 and 17, 2021; the second night of the ceremony will be entitled MTV Movie & TV Awards: Unscripted (hosted by Nikki Glaser) and focus exclusively on reality television.[7]

Award categories[edit]

Category Year(s) Notes
Best Movie 1992–present
Best Show 2017–present
Best Performance in a Movie 1992–present
Best Performance in a Show 2017–present
Best Comedic Performance 1992–present
Best Scared-As-Shit Performance 2005–2006, 2013–2015 known as "Best Frightened Performance" from 2010–2011 and again since 2018
Best Villain 1992–present known as "Best On-Screen Dirt Bag" in 2012
Best Hero 2006, 2010–present known as "Biggest Bad-Ass Star" in 2010–2011
Best Kiss 1992–present
Best Fight 1996–present
Best On-Screen Team 2017–present
Best Reality Series 2017–present known as "Best Reality Competition" in 2017
Best Music Documentary 2018, 2021
Best Scene Stealer 2018

Retired awards[edit]

Category Year(s) Notes
Most Desirable Male 1992–1996
Most Desirable Female 1992–1996
Best New Filmmaker 1992–2002
Best Action Sequence 1992–2005
Best On-Screen Duo 1992–2006, 2013–2015
Best Musical Sequence 1992–2002, 2005, 2009, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2017
Best Breakthrough Performance 1992–2017 as "Breakout Star" in 2011–2012 and "Next Generation" in 2017
Best Dance Sequence 1995, 1998, 2001, 2004
Best Sandwich in a Movie 1996
Best Cameo 2001–2004, 2014
Best Dressed 2001, 2002
Best Virtual Performance 2003, 2016
Best Video Game Based on a Movie 2005
Sexiest Performance 2006
Best Summer Movie You Haven't Seen Yet 2007
Best Summer Movie So Far 2008
Best WTF Moment 2009–2011 as "Best Jaw Dropping Moment" in 2011
Global Superstar 2010
Biggest Badass Star 2010, 2011
Best Line from a Movie 2011
Best Cast 2012, 2016 known as "Ensemble Cast" in 2016
Best Gut-Wrenching Performance 2012–2015
Best On-Screen Transformation 2013, 2014
Best Shirtless Performance 2013–2015
Favorite Character 2014
Best Action Performance 2016
Best Documentary 2016, 2017
Ensemble Cast 2016
True Story 2016
Tearjerker 2017
Trending 2017
Best American Story 2017

Special awards[edit]

Lifetime Achievement Award[edit]

Year Recipient
1992 Jason Voorhees
1993 The Three Stooges
1994 John Shaft
1995 Jackie Chan
1996 Godzilla
1997 Chewbacca
1998 Clint Howard

Silver Bucket of Excellence[edit]

Year Recipient Notes
2005 The Breakfast Club awarded to Anthony Michael Hall, Molly Ringwald, and Ally Sheedy
2006 Do the Right Thing awarded to Spike Lee

Generation Award[edit]

Year Recipient
2005 Tom Cruise
2006 Jim Carrey
2007 Mike Myers
2008 Adam Sandler
2009 Ben Stiller
2010 Sandra Bullock
2011 Reese Witherspoon
2012 Johnny Depp
2013 Jamie Foxx
2014 Mark Wahlberg
2015 Robert Downey, Jr.
2016 Will Smith
2017 The Fast and the Furious franchise
2018 Chris Pratt
2019 Dwayne Johnson
2021 Scarlett Johansson

Trailblazer Award[edit]

Year Recipient Age Received
2012 Emma Stone (23 years, 6 months, and 28 days)
2013 Emma Watson (22 years, 11 months, and 30 days)
2014 Channing Tatum (33 years, 11 months, and 13 days)
2015 Shailene Woodley (23 years, 4 months, and 28 days)
2018 Lena Waithe (34 years, 30 days)
2019 Jada Pinkett Smith (47 years, 8 months, and 28 days)

Comedic Genius Award[edit]

Year Recipient
2013 Will Ferrell
2015 Kevin Hart
2016 Melissa McCarthy
2021 Sacha Baron Cohen


Year Host(s) Venue Best Movie Best Performance (in a Movie) Best Breakthrough Performance
Female Male Female
1992[8] Dennis Miller Walt Disney Studios Terminator 2: Judgment Day Linda Hamilton, Terminator 2: Judgment Day Arnold Schwarzenegger, Terminator 2: Judgment Day Edward Furlong, Terminator 2: Judgment Day
1993[9] Eddie Murphy A Few Good Men Sharon Stone, Basic Instinct Denzel Washington, Malcolm X Marisa Tomei, My Cousin Vinny
1994[10] Will Smith Sony Pictures Studios Menace II Society Janet Jackson, Poetic Justice Tom Hanks, Philadelphia Alicia Silverstone, The Crush
1995[11] Jon Lovitz
Courteney Cox
Warner Bros. Studios Pulp Fiction Sandra Bullock, Speed Brad Pitt, Interview with the Vampire Kirsten Dunst, Interview with the Vampire
1996[12] Ben Stiller
Janeane Garofalo
Walt Disney Studios Seven Alicia Silverstone, Clueless Jim Carrey, Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls George Clooney, From Dusk till Dawn
1997[13] Mike Myers Barker Hangar Scream Claire Danes, Romeo + Juliet Tom Cruise, Jerry Maguire Matthew McConaughey, A Time to Kill
1998[14] Samuel L. Jackson Titanic Neve Campbell, Scream 2 Leonardo DiCaprio, Titanic Heather Graham, Boogie Nights
1999[15] Lisa Kudrow There's Something About Mary Cameron Diaz, There's Something About Mary Jim Carrey, The Truman Show James Van Der Beek, Varsity Blues Katie Holmes, Disturbing Behavior
2000[16] Sarah Jessica Parker Sony Pictures Studios The Matrix Sarah Michelle Gellar, Cruel Intentions Keanu Reeves, The Matrix Haley Joel Osment, The Sixth Sense Julia Stiles, 10 Things I Hate About You
2001[17] Jimmy Fallon
Kirsten Dunst
Shrine Auditorium Gladiator Julia Roberts, Erin Brockovich Tom Cruise, Mission: Impossible 2 Sean Patrick Thomas, Save the Last Dance Erika Christensen, Traffic
2002[18] Sarah Michelle Gellar
Jack Black
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Nicole Kidman, Moulin Rouge! Will Smith, Ali Orlando Bloom, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Mandy Moore, A Walk to Remember
2003[19] Seann William Scott
Justin Timberlake
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Kirsten Dunst, Spider-Man Eminem, 8 Mile Jennifer Garner, Daredevil
2004[20] Lindsay Lohan Sony Pictures Studios The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Uma Thurman, Kill Bill: Volume 1 Johnny Depp, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl Shawn Ashmore, X2 Lindsay Lohan, Freaky Friday
2005[21] Jimmy Fallon Shrine Auditorium Napoleon Dynamite Lindsay Lohan, Mean Girls Leonardo DiCaprio, The Aviator Jon Heder, Napoleon Dynamite Rachel McAdams, Mean Girls
2006[22] Jessica Alba Sony Pictures Studios Wedding Crashers Jake Gyllenhaal, Brokeback Mountain Isla Fisher, Wedding Crashers
2007[23] Sarah Silverman Gibson Amphitheatre Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest Johnny Depp, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest Jaden Smith, The Pursuit of Happyness
2008 Mike Myers Transformers Ellen Page, Juno Will Smith, I Am Legend Zac Efron, Hairspray
2009 Andy Samberg Twilight Kristen Stewart, Twilight Zac Efron, High School Musical 3: Senior Year Robert Pattinson, Twilight Ashley Tisdale, High School Musical 3: Senior Year
2010 Aziz Ansari The Twilight Saga: New Moon Kristen Stewart, The Twilight Saga: New Moon Robert Pattinson, The Twilight Saga: New Moon Anna Kendrick, Up in the Air
2011 Jason Sudeikis The Twilight Saga: Eclipse Kristen Stewart, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse Robert Pattinson, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse Chloë Grace Moretz, Kick Ass
2012 Russell Brand The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 Jennifer Lawrence, The Hunger Games Josh Hutcherson, The Hunger Games Shailene Woodley, The Descendants
2013 Rebel Wilson Sony Pictures Studios Marvel's The Avengers Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook Bradley Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook Rebel Wilson, Pitch Perfect
2014 Conan O'Brien Microsoft Theater The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Jennifer Lawrence, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Josh Hutcherson, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Will Poulter, We're the Millers
2015 Amy Schumer The Fault In Our Stars Shailene Woodley, The Fault In Our Stars Bradley Cooper, American Sniper Dylan O'Brien, The Maze Runner
2016 Dwayne Johnson
Kevin Hart
Warner Bros. Studios Star Wars: The Force Awakens Charlize Theron, Mad Max: Fury Road Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant Daisy Ridley, Star Wars: The Force Awakens
2017 Adam DeVine Shrine Auditorium Beauty and the Beast Emma Watson, Beauty and the Beast Daniel Kaluuya, Get Out
2018 Tiffany Haddish Barker Hangar Black Panther Chadwick Boseman, Black Panther Tiffany Haddish, Girls Trip
2019 Zachary Levi Avengers: Endgame Lady Gaga, A Star Is Born Noah Centineo, To All the Boys I've Loved Before
2020 Vanessa Hudgens Not held due to COVID-19 pandemic; Greatest of All Time special aired instead
2021 Leslie Jones[24]
Nikki Glaser
Hollywood Palladium To All the Boys: Always and Forever Chadwick Boseman, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom Regé-Jean Page, Bridgerton

Film parodies[edit]

Since 1993, scenes are spoofed, mostly from that year's most popular films, although television shows and older movies have also been chosen. This may include sound and video montages, replacing some of the original cast with other actors (commonly, the hosts of each year's show) generally mocking the scenes of that film. The diversity of the spoofs can vary greatly, from one dialogue (such as in 2005) to several long scenes, including fighting and action sequences (2003).

MTV Movie Awards Film Spoofs by Year
Year Film Starring Watch
1993 Basic Instinct Florence Henderson
Barry Williams
Christopher Knight
Susan Olsen
A Few Good Men Florence Henderson
Barry Williams
Christopher Knight
The Bodyguard Florence Henderson
Barry Williams
1994 The Fugitive The Monkey Troupe
Jurassic Park Charlton Heston
The Monkey Troupe
The Piano The Monkey Troupe
1995 Speed Danny Bonaduce
Shirley Jones
Dave Madden
Pulp Fiction Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs
Robert Hegyes
Ron Palillo
Dumb and Dumber Sherman Hemsley
Isabel Sanford
Franklin Cover
Interview with the Vampire Frank Gorshin
Adam West
1996 Twister Ben Stiller
Janeane Garofalo
Jay Leno
Braveheart Bob Newhart
Jack Riley
Peter Bonerz
Bill Daily
Clueless The Golden Girls
Seven William Shatner (in all three key roles)
1997 The Lost World: Jurassic Park Vince Vaughn
Ben Stiller
Mike Myers
Janeane Garofalo
Jay Leno
Romeo + Juliet Mike Myers as Austin Powers
Jenny McCarthy
Scream Mike Myers
Drew Barrymore
1998 Godzilla, Taxi (combined in one video) Christopher Lloyd (as Jim Ignatowski)
Dawson's Creek Katie Holmes
James Van Der Beek
Samuel L. Jackson
1999 Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace Lisa Kudrow (as herself)
Andy Dick
Creator's web-site
Amalgam of Risky Business, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, She's All That, I Know What You Did Last Summer, Sixteen Candles, Varsity Blues, The Breakfast Club and Cruel Intentions Alyson Hannigan
Jaime Pressly
Chris Owen
Charlie O'Connell
Armagedd'NSync (Armageddon)[25] 'N Sync
Lisa Kudrow
Clint Howard

Creator's web-site
2000 Sex and the Matrix (Sex and the City, The Matrix, combined) Sarah Jessica Parker (as Carrie Bradshaw)
Jimmy Fallon (Neo)
Vince Vaughn ("White Rabbit")
Creator's web-site
Mission: Impossible 2 Ben Stiller (as Tom Crooze, Tom Cruise's stunt double) Creator's web-site
2001 Cast Away Andy Dick Creator's web-site
The Mummy Returns
Adam Sandler Skit
2002 Lord of the Piercing (The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring) Jack Black (as Jack the Elf - Ring-bearer)
Sarah Michelle Gellar (Arwen)
Creator's web-site
Jack Black: Spider-Man (Spider-Man) Jack Black (as Spider-Man)
Sarah Michelle Gellar (Mary Jane Watson / Wonder Woman)
Creator's web-site
Panic Room Jack Black
Will Ferrell
Creator's web-site
2003 MTV: Reloaded (The Matrix Reloaded) Justin Timberlake (as "a One")
Seann William Scott ("a One", Agent Scott)
Will Ferrell (Larry the Architect)
Randall Duk Kim (Keymaker)
Wanda Sykes (Oracle)
Creator's web-site
2004 Kill Bill: Volume 2 Lindsay Lohan
Andy Dick
2005 Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith Jimmy Fallon (as Anakin Skywalker) Creator's web-site
Batman Begins Jimmy Fallon
Jon Heder (as Napoleon Dynamite)
Andy Dick
Creator's web-site
2006 Mission: Impossible III Jessica Alba
Topher Grace
Flavor Flav
Creator's web-site
King Kong Jessica Alba Creator's web-site
The Da Vinci Code Jessica Alba (as herself, based on Sophie Neveu)
Jimmy Fallon (himself, based on Jacques Saunière and Robert Langdon)
Andy Dick (himself, based on Silas)
Ron Perlman (himself)
Gary Cole (himself)
Chris Daughtry (himself)
Creator's web-site
2007 Transformers, The Devil Wears Prada, Dreamgirls, Babel, The Pursuit of Happyness, The Departed and 300
2008 Iron Man, Kung Fu Panda and Tropic Thunder Robert Downey, Jr.
Jack Black
Ben Stiller
2009 Twilight, Star Trek, Slumdog Millionaire and The Reader
2010 Precious and The Blind Side
2011 The Hangover Part II, Black Swan, 127 Hours, The Social Network and The Twilight Saga: Eclipse
2013 Les Misérables, Life of Pi and Magic Mike
2018 Black Panther, Star Wars: The Last Jedi and A Quiet Place
2019 Us and Game of Thrones
2021 WandaVision, One Night in Miami..., Promising Young Woman

See also[edit]


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  25. ^ Armagedd'NSync is not a traditional movie spoof, but rather a trailer parody created by an independent director Russell Bates Archived October 2, 2019, at the Wayback Machine. However, according to the creator's web-site Archived August 15, 2006, at the Wayback Machine (last retrieved on August 13, 2006), it has been featured at MTV Movie Awards 1998.


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