Sunday, June 23, 2019

Ruth Bader Ginsberg wins Best Real-Life Hero at the MTV Movie & TV Awards

I concluded Happy World Rainforest Day! by promising that I would write about the winners of the MTV Movie & TV Awards.*  I present the winners in the categories with political nominees from MTV itself along with my observations of the nominees and predictions of the winners from my post last month.

Alex Honnold — Free Solo
Hannah Gadsby — Nanette
Roman Reigns — WWE SmackDown
Ruth Bader Ginsburg — RBG
Serena Williams — Being Serena
Ruth Bader Ginsburg won awards from both Coffee Party USA and the Broadcast Film Critics Association, but I don't think either will mean anything with the MTV voters, who I think are likely to split their vote between Roman Reigns and Serena Williams.  Either would be wins for diversity, as Reigns is half-Samoan and Williams is African-American.  Between the two, I would prefer Williams.  She's a real hero for her accomplishments in and out of the court.  Reigns, as a wrestler, as as much showman as sportsman, and a lot of his heroics are kayfabe.  Just the same, I'm not voting for Williams.  Once again, it's RGB for me.
Much to my pleasant surprise, Ruth Bader Ginsburg won Best Real-Life Hero.  Of course, I voted for her every day for a week, so I did my part, but I didn't think enough other people would agree with me to beat Roman Reigns and Serena Williams.  This is a case where I'm glad to be wrong.

Unfortunately, Justice Ginsburg did not attend the ceremony, so I don't have a video of an acceptance speech.  Neither did she nor the documentary that featured her win the rest of the three awards for which they were nominated, begining with Best Documentary.

At the Heart of Gold: Inside the USA Gymnastics Scandal
Minding the Gap
Surviving R. Kelly
While "RBG" won the Golden Coffee Cup for Best Political Documentary and Best Political Documentary at the 2018 Critics' Choice Documentary Awards, it lost to "Free Solo" for Best Documentary Feature at the Oscars, which disappointed but didn't surprise me.  Here, I suspect both will lose to one of the other three nominees.  "At the Heart of Gold: Inside the USA Gymnastics Scandal" and "Minding the Gap" are about the struggles of young athletes.  I think the former has an edge with this electorate as it's about a sex scandal, a big deal in this #MeToo era, but the latter is the one with an Oscar nomination for Best Documentary Feature.  The one my gut tells me might beat them all is "Surviving R. Kelly," which not only has the #MeToo angle, but is also about the music business.  MTV began as "Music Television," after all, and its voters probably still reflect that.  Not me; I'm voting for "RBG."
As I expected, the Golden Popcorn went to "Surviving R. Kelly."  I wish the Lifetime series luck in being nominated for Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Series at the Emmy Awards.

I completely blew the next prediction.


Avengers: Endgame — Captain America vs. Thanos
Captain Marvel — Captain Marvel vs. Minn-Erva
Game of Thrones — Arya Stark vs. the White Walkers
RBG — Ruth Bader Ginsburg vs. Inequality
WWE Wrestlemania — Becky Lynch vs. Ronda Rousey vs. Charlotte Flair
While I'm once again voting for RGB, I'm with Grace; she won't win.  Instead, I agree that Captain America vs. Thanos will instead with Arya Stark vs. the While Walkers being the most likely one to upset the Avenger.  As for the three-way match in "Wrestlemania," I have nothing to say that I didn't already already for Roman Reigns.
Despite both my votes and predictions, the Golden Popcorn went to Captain Marvel vs. Minn-Erva from "Captain Marvel."  Brie Larson acknowledged some of the other people who made that fight and the resulting award possible by bringing her stunt doubles up on stage with her, something I will show in a video at the end of the post.  By the way, I'm now hoping that the Motion Picture Academy finally recognizes stunts with its own Oscar, something both SAG and the Emmy Awards already do.

I never got around to making a firm prediction in the next category, although I was right as far as I went.

Lindsay Lohan’s Beach Club — The Lilo Dance
Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood — Ray J’s Hat
RBG — The Notorious RBG
RuPaul’s Drag Race — Asia O’Hara’s butterfly finale fail
The Bachelor — Colton Underwood jumps the fence
Of course I'm voting for The Notorious RBG, but that doesn't mean this meme will win.  Instead, I think it's one of the reality TV memes.  The one I saw was the Lilo dance, but I'm going to watch the one from RuPaul's drag race to see if it compares.  As for "jumping the fence," it makes me hope that "The Bachelor" has jumped the shark.
Jumping the shark or not, Colton Underwood jumps the fence from "The Bachelor" won.  I guess the oldest reality show nominated still has what it takes to compete.

That's it for the categories in which "RBG" and Justice Ginsburg were nominated.  Follow over the jump for the rest of the winners.

My prediction came to pass in the next category.

Avengers: Endgame
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before
The political movie here is "BlacKkKlansman," the winner of Best Scripted Political Movie at the Golden Coffee Cups.  Of course I'm voting for it, but I'm under no illusions it will win.  Instead, I agree with Grace that this category is a fight between "Avengers: Endgame" and "To All the Boys I've Loved Before."  I'm rooting for "Avengers: Endgame" even if I'm not voting for it.
"Avengers: Endgame" won.  In fact, it was the biggest winner of the night, earning a total of three awards.  Time for me to skip ahead to the other two winning categories.

Brie Larson (Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel) — Captain Marvel
John David Washington (Ron Stallworth) — BlacKkKlansman
Maisie Williams (Arya Stark) — Game of Thrones
Robert Downey Jr. (Tony Stark/Iron Man) — Avengers: Endgame
Zachary Levi (Billy Batson/Shazam) — Shazam!
John David Washington earned a nomination at the Golden Coffee Cups and he plays a real-life hero, both of which will probably get me to vote for him, but I think it's one of the speculative fiction heroes/heroines who will win.  I will wait to see how the final episode of "Game of Thrones" plays out before making my prediction.  At least both actresses' shows are about government and politics, as Carol Danvers was an Air Force pilot and S.H.I.E.L.D. is a fictional government agency.
While I voted for John David Washington as Ron Stallworth, I would probably have predicted Brie Larson.  I would have been wrong, as Robert Downey Jr. playing Tony Stark/Iron Man won instead.  Honestly, I'm not surprised and I now think he deserves the award.

Of course, what'a a hero without a villain?

Jodie Comer (Villanelle) — Killing Eve
Joseph Fiennes (Commander Fred Waterford) — The Handmaid’s Tale
Josh Brolin (Thanos) — Avengers: Endgame
Lupita Nyong’o (Red) — Us
Penn Badgley (Joe Goldberg) — You
I'm torn between Jodie Comer and Joseph Fiennes, as both are the antagonists of shows about government.  I think the professionals would prefer Comer, whose performance is more gripping.  However, I doubt either has enough young viewers to win.  Instead, I think that goes to Josh Brolin as Thanos, who has been the villain of two blockbuster movies.  I hadn't heard of "You" before Grace mentioned it in her video, but I have a feeling that Penn Badgley as Joe Goldberg might be a better upset choice than Lupita Nyong’o of "Us."  "You" is a very popular show on Netflix, which a lot of young people watch.  Grace seems to think is favored over Thanos.  She might be right.
I ended up voting for Jodie Comer, but my prediction that Josh Brolin as Thanos would win came true.  Congratulations!

I'll get back to the movie winners farther down in this entry.  Right now, I'm recognizing the two top television winners, both of which feature political themes.


Big Mouth
Game of Thrones
Schitt’s Creek
The Haunting of Hill House
This is the category in which I think Grace underestimates the power of "Riverdale" fans.  She didn't even consider it as contender, which I think is a mistake.  The Teen Choice Awards have a very similar electorate to the MTV Movie & TV Awards and "Riverdale" has always been strong there.  In addition, Madelaine Petsch from "Riverdale" won Scene Stealer atlast year's MTV Movie & TV Awards, so the show's fans vote here, too.  I think her critic experience is playing too strong a role in her boosting the two live-action speculative fiction series, "Game of Thrones" and "The Haunting of Hill House" over Archie pretending to be Twin Peaks.  As for "Big Mouth," it should be happy just to be nominated.
Despite all my talk about "Riverdale," I voted for "Game of Thrones" and it won.  The professionals' choice ended up being the popular one.  That's also the story about the next winner.


Elisabeth Moss (June Osborne/Offred) — The Handmaid’s Tale
Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen) — Game of Thrones
Gina Rodriguez (Jane Villanueva) — Jane the Virgin
Jason Mitchell (Brandon) — The Chi
Kiernan Shipka (Sabrina Spellman) — Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
This is a very strong category for speculative fiction, as four of the nominees act in speculative fiction series.  The professional's choice would be Elisabeth Moss, who won one Emmy and was nominated for another, so I am inclined to vote for her on that basis alone.  My next choice would be for Gina Rodriguez, but she's not even my favorite actress on her own show, which barely qualifies as fantasy because of its magical realism.  As for Emilia Clarke, I'm sure all the young mothers who named their daughters Khaleesi will vote for her, but I'm not sure she's either the professional or popular choice.  Instead, I'm going with Grace and expecting Kiernan Shipka to win.  I think she'll be a shoe-in for Best Young Performer on Television at the Saturn Awards, whenever they eventually are announced.  Who knows; I might just vote for her!
While I both voted for Kiernan Shipka and expected her to win, the professional choice, Elisabeth Moss, won instead.  Well, I can say that the MTV audience has better taste, both than I did and what I expected out of them.  Congratulations to both winners and to the voters, who surprised me.

Back to movie winners.

Amandla Stenberg (Starr Carter) — The Hate U Give
Lady Gaga (Ally) — A Star is Born
Lupita Nyong’o (Red) — Us
Rami Malek (Freddie Mercury) — Bohemian Rhapsody
Sandra Bullock (Malorie) — Bird Box
Amandla Stenberg earned a Golden Coffee Cup nomination, but that won't be enough for me to vote for her.  Instead, I'm casting my ballot for Rami Malek, who won the Oscar for Best Actor.  Just the same, I agree with Grace that he's likely to lose, most likely to Lady Gaga.  Never underestimate her Little Monsters.
As expected, Lady Gaga won.  She and "A Star is Born" also won a category I skipped last month, Best Musical Moment for "Shallow."  The Motion Picture Academy may not think she was the best actress last year, but her fans sure do.

The next big movie winner was "To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before," which also won two awards.

Awkwafina (Peik Lin Goh) — Crazy Rich Asians
Haley Lu Richardson (Stella) — Five Feet Apart
Mj Rodriguez (Blanca Rodriguez) — Pose
Ncuti Gatwa (Eric Effiong) — Sex Education
Noah Centineo (Peter Kavinsky) — To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before
Wow, is this a strong category for diversity!  I'm voting for Awkwafina, but I expect Noah Centineo to win.  This is a category where I think Grace's estimation of the fans of "To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before" is probably correct.
Grace was right on this one.  She was also right about the next one.

Camila Mendes & Charles Melton (Veronica Lodge & Reggie Mantle) — Riverdale
Jason Momoa & Amber Heard (Aquaman & Mera) — Aquaman
Ncuti Gatwa & Connor Swindells (Eric Effiong & Adam Groff) — Sex Education
Noah Centineo & Lana Condor (Peter Kavinsky & Lara Jean) — To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before
Tom Hardy & Michelle Williams (Eddie Brock/Venom & Anne Weying) — Venom
Normally, I'd advocate for "Riverdale," but I think all the Varchie fans will be pissed at this kiss and be tempted not to vote for it out of spite.  Instead, I think Grace is right about the likely winner, "To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before."  I'm still voting for "Aquaman," which was a surprise nominee for a Golden Coffee Cup.  I agree with Grace that it should win.

Now for two more categories Grace called and I agreed with her.

Awkwafina (Peik Lin Goh) - Crazy Rich Asians
Dan Levy (David Rose) - Schitt's Creek
John Mulaney (Andrew Glouberman) - Big Mouth
Marsai Martin (Little Jordan Sanders) - Little
Zachary Levi (Billy Batson/Shazam) - Shazam!
Grace thinks Zachary Levi or Dan Levy might win this won, even if Awkwafina deserves it more.  I don't care; I'm voting for Awkwafina, who I've been a fan of since I first saw her in "Future Man."
Dan Levy won.

Alex Wolff (Peter) - Hereditary
Linda Cardellini (Anna Tate-Garcia) - The Curse of La Llorona
Rhian Rees (Dana Haines) - Halloween
Sandra Bullock (Malorie) - Bird Box
Victoria Pedretti (Nell Crain) - The Haunting of Hill House
In the final category with horror nominees, I'm going with Sandra Bullock, who Grace thinks will win.
I voted for Sandra Bullock and she won.

Gayle King — CBS This Morning
Nick Cannon — Wild ‘n Out
Nick Cannon — The Masked Singer
RuPaul — RuPaul’s Drag Race
Trevor Noah — The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
The overtly political choice would be Trevor Noah, but the professional choice would be RuPaul for "RuPaul's Drag Race."  I think I'll go with the professionals here.
Nope.  Nick Cannon won for "Wild 'n Out."  Surprise!

Jersey Shore: Family Vacation
Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta
The Bachelor
The Challenge
Vanderpump Rules
Oh, blah.  At least "Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta" would be a win for diversity, but I think "Jersey Shore: Family Vacation" will probably win.  I don't think I'm voting here.  If I did, it would be for either "The Bachelor" or "Vanderpump Rules."
Despite my throwing shade at "The Bachelor," I ended up voting for it.  Just the same, neither it nor "Jersey Shore: Family Vacation" won.  Instead, "Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta" walked out with the Golden Popcorn.  The days when I really knew what was going on in reality TV, when I was a moderator of a reality TV forum from 2004-2006, are long over.  That's probably a good thing.

Now for the video I promised, Best Speeches At The 2019 MTV Movie & TV Awards.

The best speech moments from the 2019 MTV Movie & TV Awards.
Congratulations to all the winners!

*I also promised to cover this year's version of drum corps shows, but that's not going to happen today.  Maybe tomorrow, maybe later, but I will write it.  Stay tuned.

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