without a master pre-taped and the muted MTV Movie & TV Awards on Sunday became the first major awards show to air during the screenwriters’ strike, offering a commercial-heavy stream with tons of past recycled live clips. Many awards did not evoke a response from the winners.
“Scream VI” took home the best picture trophy, beating out “Avatar: The Path of Water,” “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,” “Elvis,” “No,” “Smile” and “Best Shot: Maverick.” ” In a pre-recorded response, the Ghostface killer was modest: “To all the fans who voted, you finally answered my question: What is your favorite scary movie?”
The Last of Us was voted best TV show, ahead of the likes of Stranger Things, White Lotus, Wednesday and Yellow Jackets. Pedro Pascal accepted the award and said that he, the cast and the creators stand in solidarity with the strikers.
Tom Cruise won Top Gun: Maverick, beating out Austin Butler, Florence Pugh, Michael B. Jordan and Keke Palmer. In a pre-recorded response, Cruise was seen piloting a jet and thanking fans, while also plugging his next film, Mission Impossible.
Jenna Ortega won Best Game on a TV Show for “Wednesday,” beating out Aubrey Plaza, Christina Ricci, Riley Keough, Sadie Cink and Selena Gomez. “Stranger Things” won for best ensemble cast.
The Kardashians won Best Documentary Reality Show, Best Breakthrough went to Joseph Quinn for Stranger Things, and Pascal won Best Actor for The Last of Us. Pascal also won half of the prize for best duet with co-star Bella Ramsay.
Best Comedy Performance went to Adam Sandler for “Murder Mystery 2” and “Scream VI” won Best Fight, with Ghostface again thanking voters: “It’s time to finally appreciate my work.”
Drew Barrymore was the host dropped out in solidarity with the Writers Guild of America — later a win as best host — and the show’s red carpet was rolled out. Faced with a guild picket, MTV pulled the plug on the live event altogether.
While Barrymore was gone, she left plenty of sponsored bits, one featuring Cheetos popcorn and another pretending to play Skipper’s little sister in the upcoming Barbie movie. She also starred in a commercial for Pluto TV and the tape “Wednesdays”. She opened the show by reprising her role as Josie Grossi from Never Kissed, trying to screw over several nominees in carefully edited comedic moments.
Jennifer Coolidge accepted the Comedic Genius Award at the taping and praised the great writers, saying that almost all great comedy starts with great writers.
“Tonight I stand before you side by side with my sisters and brothers of the WGA,” she said. Coolidge later also won for Best Scared Performance for White Lotus.
“RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars” won Best Competition Series, with honorees calling for the protection of drag performers, while Madison Bailey and Rudy Pankow of “Outer Banks” won Best Kiss.
MTV filled the show with dozens of old clips, such as the all-star performance of “Lady Marmalade” in 2001, Face singing her hit “Juice” in 2019, or Rihanna in 2002 singing “Umbrella,” as well as other genius speeches on awards previous winners such as Melissa McCarthy, Kevin Hart and Jack Black. There was also a sneak peek of an upcoming episode of Yellow Jackets and a clip from Transformers: The Beast. Sometimes it was hard to tell what was new and what was old.
Selena Gomez: My Mind and Me was named Best Music Documentary, Purple Hearts’ “Come Home” was named Best Musical Moment, and Taylor Swift’s “Carolina” was named Best Song. Elizabeth Olsen in the film “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” is recognized as the best villain.