Though the ceremony itself took place on the 16th of June, the 2018 MTV Movie and TV Awards won’t air until June 18th. With a host as zealous as Tiffany Haddish and presenters like Seth Rogan, Kristen Bell and Lady Gaga, the show promises to be an unforgettable event paying homage to this year’s best screen work, all decided by your votes. To prepare for the 27th edition of this annual tribute, we’ve compiled a list of all nominees in all categories with notes on both who’s most likely to win and who probably should win.
Best Musical Moment
“Freedom” – Blackish
Timothee Chalamet Crying – Call Me By Your Name
“Bad B*tches” Dance Battle – Girls Trip
“I Wanna Dance With Somebody” – Love, Simon
“A Night We’ll Never Forget” – Riverdale
“Every Breath You Take” – Stranger Things
“Rewrite The Stars” – The Greatest Showman
“Landslide” – This Is Us
Though Timothee Chalamet’s sobs over the end credits of Call Me By Your Name, accompanied zby Sufjan Stevens’s “Visions of Gideon,” was one of the best acted scenes of the last year, the MTV awards are first and foremost a popularity contest, meaning that the win will probably go Finn Wolfhard and Millie Bobby Brown’s slow dance in Stranger Things. Still, it’s good to see credit going to great shows like Blackish and This is Us. Riverdale and Girls Trip both feel like afterthoughts on this list and The Greatest Showman is seemingly only here to give Zac Efron yet another nomination.
Best Reality Series Or Franchise
Keeping Up With The Kardashians
Love & Hip Hop
The Real Housewives
RuPaul’s Drag Race
While it would be easy to write this off as an easy Kardashian win, RuPaul’s devout following is expected to pull a surprise win, though there are no clear winners between the two. Real Housewives and Love & Hip Hop both trail in the odds and if anyone knows what Vanderpump Rules is, keep it to yourself because we don’t really care.
Best Music Documentary
Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop: A Bad Boy Story
The Defiant Ones
Demi Lovato: Simply Complicated
Gaga: Five Foot Two
Jay-Z’s “Footnotes For 4:44”
Odds for this category are bizarrely in favor of Diddy’s heartfelt but misguided tribute to Biggie Smalls in Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop. This strikes as odd since Footnotes for 4:44 was an emotional roller coaster, Simply Complicated heralded Lovato’s pop comeback and the Bad Boy Story is the lowest ranked of the nominees on IMDB. Regardless, rumor has it that Gaga already won this spot, though official results only come with the broadcast.
Lorraine vs. Sniper & Spotter – Atomic Blonde
Black Widow, Okoye & Wanda vs. Proxima Midnight – Avengers: Infinity War
Black Panther vs. M’baku – Black Panther
Hulk vs. Thor – Thor: Ragnarok
Wonder Woman vs. German Soldiers – Wonder Woman
Though all fight scenes in this category are worthy contenders, Avengers is very clearly poised to walk away with the win with its all-female, 3-on-1 fight. Vegas odds list Black Panther‘s battle for the throne as a far runner up, which, unfortunately, leaves Wonder Woman‘s masterfully choreographed battle in no-man’s-land as a distant third. Atomic Blonde and Thor: Ragnarok make strange additions to this list as the fight nominated aren’t even the best fight scenes in their own respective films.
Best Scene Stealer
Dacre Montgomery as Billy Hargrove – Stranger Things
Letitia Wright as Shuri – Black Panther
Madelaine Petsch as Cheryl Blossom – Riverdale
Taika Waititi as Korg – Thor: Ragnarok
Tiffany Haddish as Dina – Girls Trip
This is always one of the hardest categories to call and this year is no exception. Official odds have Letitia Wright and Tiffany Haddish virtually neck and neck for the win, but Taika Waititi’s stone-faced revolutionary could shock everyone with a surprise win. A lot of noise has been made online for Madelaine Petsch, but television stars rarely take this prize as films just have a larger audience to appeal to.
Best Comedic Performance
Amy Schumer – I Feel Pretty
Dan Levy – Schitt’s Creek
Jack Black – Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
Kate McKinnon – Saturday Night Live
Tiffany Haddish – Girls Trip
The smart money says that this award is Tiffany Haddish‘s to lose, it’s basically the reason she’s hosting this year after all. But we’d be lying if we didn’t see a scenario where Kate McKinnon‘s weekly impersonations or even Jack Black‘s hilarious turn as a teenage girl in a middle-aged man’s body didn’t sneak in for a win. Odds aren’t great for Amy Schmuer and as for Dan Levy…well it’s an honor just to be nominated, right buddy?
Best On-Screen Team
Chadwick Boseman, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira & Letitia Wright – Black Panther
Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black, Karen Gillan & Nick Jonas – Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
Finn Wolfhard, Sophia Lillis, Jaeden Lieberher, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Jack Dylan Grazer, Wyatt Oleff & Chosen Jacobs – IT
Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Philip Zhao, Win Morizaki & Lena Waithe – Ready Player One
Gaten Matarazzo, Finn Wolfhard, Caleb McLaughlin, Noah Schnapp & Sadie Sink – Stranger Things
There isn’t much competition here. The nominees include two different versions of a “loser’s club” (both of which include Finn Wolfhard because you’re never too young to be typecast), the team from Ready Player One which was barely a cohesive team (fitting since it was barely a cohesive film) and the Jumanji crew who were pretty much relying on the Rock and Karen Gillan to carry the film’s action sequences. Black Panther walks away from this one without a scratch. Here’s looking forward to next year when the Avengers will have to compete with the girls from Ocean’s Eight.
Most Frightened Performance
Cristin Milioti as Nanette Cole – Black Mirror
Emily Blunt as Evelyn Abbot – A Quiet Place
Noah Schnapp as Will Byers – Stranger Things
Sophia Lillis as Beverly Marsh – IT
Talitha Bateman as Janice – Annabelle: Creation
In an age where the horror genre seems to be constantly reinventing itself, this is an increasingly relevant category and should go to the most deserving actor. Fortunately, it looks like Emily Blunt’s layered performance as a pregnant mom in the post-apocalyptic A Quiet Place is set to win, but the Stranger Things and Black Mirror fan bases could viably put their respective candidates in the first position. The terrified performances by the actors in IT and Annabell: Creation were both suitably engaging, but just can’t measure up to a veteran like Blunt.
Veronica & Archie – Riverdale
Jane & Rafael – Jane the Virgin
Simon & Bram – Love, Simon
Eleven & Mike – Stranger Things
Sam & Wade – Ready Player One
Usually the most eye-roll worthy category, Best Kiss might actually be important this year as Love, Simon is predicted to win in a landslide, meaning that a same-sex couple kiss will win the award two years in a row, with last year’s winner being Moonlight. Second place belongs to Stranger Things, but the odds place it as a distant runner up with ever other nominee trailing behind. Honestly? We wouldn’t have it any other way.
Kylo Ren – Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Lenny Busker – Legion
Pennywise – IT
Thanos – Avengers: Infinity War
Killmonger – Black Panther
All sensible logic would put this as a difficult battle between Josh Brolin’s Thanos and Michael B. Jordan’s Killmonger for the win, but the Vegas odds surprisingly place Black Panther with a sizable lead. Meanwhile, Bill Skarsgard as Pennywise was more scary than he was evil, Aubrey Plaza’s saucy Lenny doesn’t have the operatic depravity needed to compete with the other Marvel villains and Adam Driver’s Kylo Ren is less “Best Villain” and more “Most Adorable Emo.”
T’Challa – Black Panther
Rey – Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Daenerys Targaryen – Game of Thrones
Diana – Wonder Woman
Barry Allen – The Flash
While this could easily be another Black Panther win and Daisy Ridley has firmly established herself as the audience view character actor that Hollywood has been waiting for, conventional wisdom and Vegas odds both favor Gal Gadot in Wonder Woman. There aren’t enough CW fans to push Grant Gustin in for a win and we’re not even sure if Emilia Clark’s deal reneging, genocidal war queen even qualifies as a hero.
Best Performance In A Show
Darren Criss – The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
Issa Rae – Insecure
Katherine Langford – 13 Reasons Why
Maisie Williams – Game of Thrones
Millie Bobby Brown – Stranger Things
Vegas odds heavily favor Millie Bobby Brown for this one, which is a real shame because it feels like Darren Criss has needed a win since Glee went off the air. He and Maisie Williams are distant followers to Brown. Issa Rae is seemingly here arbitrarily and it’s a genuine wonder how the poorly received, often derided 13 Reasons Why got its name on any ballot.
Best Performance In A Movie
Ansel Elgort – Baby Driver
Chadwick Boseman – Black Panther
Daisy Ridley – Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Saoirse Ronan – Lady Bird
Timothee Chalamet – Call Me By Your Name
This is a bizarre list of nominees because it doesn’t really leave any mystery as to who’s going to win. While Saoirse Ronan and Timothee Chalamet both gave terrific performances, neither of them are what made their respective movies great, ditto for Ansel Elgort and Daisy Ridley though their films at least benefited from their specific skills. Chadwick Boseman is the only actor here who actively improved his movie through his performance, and the betting odds agree.
13 Reasons Why
Game of Thrones
Rumor has it that Stranger Things already won and is just waiting for the broadcast, but there must have been some serious contention with Riverdale and Game of Thrones. Grown-ish aired on Freeform which is why you’ve never heard of it and for the love of all that is good and holy in this world why is 13 Reasons Why nominated here?
Avengers: Infinity War
Even if the winner hadn’t been announced in advance this one would have been obvious. Avengers was the first time Marvel went full franchise on us, Girls Trip and IT were both good but weren’t doing anything particularly new or different and Wonder Woman was a legitimate game changer but fell off the rails halfway through the third act. This award was Black Panther‘s to lose and, apparently, it didn’t.