The 2018 MTV Movie & TV Awards rolled into action last night, honouring the year’s very best in entertainment with all your favourite celebrities on hand to join the celebration.
Known for its star-studded attendees and hilariously shocking moments, this year’s awards show did not disappoint. With its golden popcorn, infamous Best Kiss acceptance speeches, and a truly-anything-goes dress code, here’s everything you might have missed at the 2018 MTV Movie & TV Awards. If you want to relive the full show in all its glory, head over to MTV Canada.
There’s no denying actress and comedian Tiffany Haddish slayed as host for last night’s awards. She was both funny yet charismatic as the first woman of colour to ever host the MTV Movie & TV Awards. Thanks to the digital magic of CGI, Tiffany Haddish and her Girls Trip costars were transported to the Wakanda world in a new-and-improved Black Panther skit that saw Haddish recreate TLC’s “Waterfalls” music video, threw down with T’Challa, and yelled things like, “I am Tiffany Haddish and I know who bit Beyoncé!”
After the fight, Haddish drank some purple drink that turned her into a unicorn and sent her to the stage to perform a hilarious parody of Cardi B’s debut hit “Bodak Yellow,” swapping the rapper’s lyrics for lines like “Got six movies just this year what bitch works as hard as me?” Not to mention Haddish’s video interludes throughout the awards show drew many laughs from the audience, whether she was flirting with a brooding Kylo Ren or staring in the hilarious, upside down version of A Quiet Place, called A Dark-Ass Place. It left us wondering, why doesn’t Tiffany Haddish host all awards shows?
Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman was grateful to win the award for Best Hero, but he wanted to acknowledge the real heroes in the world with his acceptance speech. Specifically, James Shaw Jr., the man who fought off a gunman at a Waffle House in Tennessee and then raised money for its victims. Boseman gave Shaw his trophy of golden popcorn and told him it was going to live at his house.
While Haddish was aggressively trying to put the moves on Michael B. Jordan (we can’t blame her), Stranger Things star Noah Schnapp went for a more subtle approach. When he took the stage to accept the award for Most Frightened Performance, he couldn’t help but shyly say hi to his crush Zendaya in one of the sweetest moments of the show. Shoot your shot, kid.
This year, same-sex love triumphed again for Love, Simon co-stars Nick Robinson and Keiynan Lonsdale, who took home the award for Best Kiss. Lonsdale accepted the award, giving an inspiring speech that urged kids to live their dreams. “You can live your dreams and wear dresses,” said Lonsdale. “You can live your dreams and kiss the one that you love, no matter what gender they are. You can live your dreams and believe in magic.”
This marks the third time a same-sex kissing scene has won the award, following Ashton Sanders and Jharrel Jerome’s winning kiss in Moonlight last year along with Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal’s win in 2006 for Brokeback Mountain.
Although she wasn’t physically present to accept the Best Performance in a TV Show award for her work on Stranger Things due to an injury—that didn’t stop Millie Bobby Brown from joining the show. Having previously made an acceptance video, Brown used her speech to called out bullies in light of her recent decision to leave Twitter because of online harassment. “If you don’t have anything nice to say, just don’t say it,” said Brown. “There should be no space in this world for bullying, and I’m not going to tolerate it.”
More like the Queen of being practical with her couture pieces. Tiffany Haddish once again rocked her now iconic Alexander McQueen gown during the awards show, redefining what it means to be an outfit repeater. Haddish has previously worn the dress on multiple occasions including the Girls Trip movie premiere, on Saturday Night Live, and at the 2018 Oscars.
Aubrey Plaza and Bryce Dallas Howard presented their co-star Chris Pratt with the coveted Generation award that was met with a standing ovation from the audience. The Jurassic World star gave a lengthy yet memorable acceptance speech, in which he listed his “nine rules” for the audience that ranged from advice on how to poop at parties, a reminder to not take anything for granted, tips on how to give a dog medicine (in hamburger meat FYI), and a reminder to pray.
To major success at the box office, Black Panther became the first film with a primarily black cast to win the award for Best Movie at last night’s awards. The moment was a significant one for not just the movie’s cast, but as well as the audience and for fans watching at home. “It’s incredible when the stereotype is that people of colour couldn’t bring y’all out to the theatre and be able to make these types of films,” said Michael B. Jordan while accepting the award. “The fact that we’re able to do this on this scale with this movie, this project, means the world to us.”
Lena Waithe—who became the first black woman to win an Emmy for her writing in Master of None—was awarded the well-deserved Trailblazer award this year, dedicating her win to some other major trailblazers: the stars of the documentary Paris is Burning. Directed by Jennie Livingston, the 1990 film follows New York’s underground drag scene that is extremely influential in today’s culture, having originated vogue-ing and the phrase “Yas,Queen!” As Waithe mentioned, “They strutted through a brickwall so we wouldn’t have to.”
Michael B. Jordan’s Best Villain acceptance speech was full of quips, including a quick dig at ABC’s Roseanne cancellation saying, “I thought Roseanne had [this award] in the bag!” Jordan also made a personal service announcement to request fans to stop asking Chadwick Boseman to recite Black Panther’s most famous tagline. “Chadwick Boseman personally asked me to ask y’all to stop asking him to say ‘Wakanda Forever’ out on the streets,” Jordan joked. “Y’all taking the ‘forever’ thing a little too seriously.” The humorous comment resulted in a variety “tired of Wakanda” memes featuring Jordan going viral.
Not only did Haddish host the show, but she also took home the prize for Best Comedic Performance for her role in Girls Trip. Presented by Kristen Bell and Seth Rogen—who performed their own comedic bit by showing each other their new avocado and Vin Diesel tattoos respectively—Haddish ran out in a white robe to accept the award saying no one had told her she had won.