Boseman honors real-life hero at MTV Awards
SANTA MONICA, Calif, June 19, (Agencies): The MTV Movie & TV Awards gave “Black Panther” its first taste of awards glory, with Marvel’s blockbuster taking home four honors including two awards for its star, Chadwick Boseman.
Boseman quickly handed off his best hero award to James Shaw Jr., who wrestled an assault-style rifle away from a gunman in a Tennessee Waffle House in April. “This is going to live at your house,” Boseman told Shaw, giving him the show’s golden popcorn award.
The actor said while it was an honor to be recognized for playing a superhero, it was more important to “acknowledge the heroes we have in real life.”
Boseman, who starred as T’Challa in “Black Panther,” also won the award for best performance in a movie. Michael B. Jordan, who played the villain Erik Killmonger, won best villain.
“Stranger Things” was the top television honoree, winning four awards including a repeat win for best show.
The awards were handed out Saturday and were broadcast Monday night.
The show is known for bringing fresh talent to light, as well as acknowledging established celebrities in more quirky categories like best kiss and most frightened performance. Host Tiffany Haddish donned a variety of costumes throughout the ceremony, including nods to classic film and TV roles such as Holly Golightly from “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” and Starlet from “The Carol Burnett Show.”
She kicked off the show with a “Black Panther” skit, foreshadowing the film’s big night, noting in her opening monologue that is it the first African-American film to earn more than $1 billion at the box office. Throughout the night, Haddish also parodied other hit films such as “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” and “A Quiet Place.”
“Black Panther,” about a king and virtuous superhero of the technologically-advanced nation of Wakanda, broke barriers earlier this year as the first Marvel film to feature a black lead. Its massive popularity overshadowed competing films like “Wonder Woman” and “Avengers: Infinity War.”
Haddish, who also won an award for her breakthrough role in “Girls Trip,” noted that she is the first black woman to host the awards show, which is in its 27th year.
In addition to winning best show, kids of “Stranger Things” also won awards for most frightened performance, best musical moment and best performance for Millie Bobby Brown. The actress, who plays Eleven in the series, couldn’t make the event because of a broken kneecap. Brown accepted the award for best performance via satellite.
Other winners included Madelaine Petsch as Cheryl Blossom in “Riverdale” for scene stealer, Gal Gadot for best fight as Wonder Woman and the young cast of “It” for best on-screen team.
“Gaga: Fight Foot Two” won the award for best documentary. The Netflix feature followed Lady Gaga during the production of her fifth studio album “Joanne.”
Common presented Lena Waithe with the trailblazer award for her activism, writing and “deeply honest art.”
During her acceptance speech, Waithe paid tribute to “Paris is Burning,” the 1990 documentary released about the drag scene in New York during the late ‘80s. She called those documented, many who aren’t alive anymore, “the bravest human beings that ever lived”
“I’m doing what we as a society should have done a long time ago and give them the glory and shine that they deserve,” she said.
Chris Pratt mixed humor and messages while accepting the show’s generation award, telling the crowd to “breathe. If you don’t, you’ll suffocate.”
He also urged fans to “learn to pray” and accept that they are imperfect.
The show also featured musical performances by Nick Jonas and Mustard, as well as rising stars and Beyoncé protégés Chloe x Halle.
“Black Panther” actor Winston Duke thanked fans for supporting the movie, which has smashed Hollywood doubts about the broader appeal of black films to become the third highest-grossing film of all time in North America.
“Thank you all for investing not just in a beautiful story but for investing in a continued conversation on what this industry and what this culture can achieve,” Duke said.
The youth-oriented MTV network, known for its irreverent award shows, again dispensed with gender classifications, placing men and women together in performance categories in a move to embrace equality and gender fluidity.
■ Movie of the year: “Black Panther”
■ Actor in a Movie: Chadwick Boseman, “Black Panther”
■ Show of the Year: “Stranger Things”
■ Actor in a Show: Millie Bobby Brown, “Stranger Things”
■ Comedic performance: Tiffany Haddish, “Girls Trip”
■ Fight: Gal Gadot, “Wonder Woman”
■ Hero: Chadwick Boseman, “Black Panther”
■ Villain: Michael B. Jordan, “Black Panther”
■ Team: “It”
■ Most Frightened Performance: Noah Schnapp, “Stranger Things”
■ Generation: Chris Pratt
■ Trailblazer: Lena Waithe
■ Scene Stealer: Madelaine Petsch, “Riverdale”
■ Reality Series: “Keeping Up With the Kardashians”
■ Music Documentary: “Gaga: Five Foot Two”
■ Musical Moment: “Stranger Things”