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Black Panther and Stranger Things dominate MTV’s awards nominations

Black Panther and Stranger Things dominate MTV’s awards nominations


The awards, hosted by Tiffany Haddish, are so up-to-the-minute that Avengers: Infinity War is also on the nominee list

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MTV’s annual Movie & TV Awards will air in June, and the network just released its final list of nominees in categories like Best Hero, Best Villain, Most Frightened Performance, and Best On-Screen Team.

Black Panther racked up the most nominations, with seven total in categories like Best Movie and Best Hero. Netflix’s Stranger Things earned six nominations, including Best Show, Best Performance in a Show (Millie Bobby Brown) and Best Kiss (Millie Bobby Brown and Finn Wolfhard). 2017’s It has a total of four nominations, while Black Mirror has just one: for Most Frightened Performance in “USS Callister.” The awards are also so up-to-the-moment that Avengers: Infinity War, which just opened, is represented in several categories, including Best Movie.

Tiffany Haddish is hosting the show, and recent promos featuring the actress do their best to poke fun at more straitlaced industry awards shows. ”You don’t want another generic dude in a tux hosting a boring-ass award show,” Haddish says. “You want the boss who paved her own way.” Haddish, who’s wearing work boots rather than the usual controversial awards-show stiletto heels, then rolls out the red carpet herself. (Incidentally, she’s also nominated this year, in the Scene Stealer category for her role as Dina in 2017’s Girls Trip.)

This year, MTV is attempting to attract viewers by pointing out the ways in which the ceremony is not like other awards shows. While storied awards shows like the Oscars struggle with issues of diversity, MTV continues to emphasize its gender-neutral acting awards, which were first implemented last year.

The MTV Movie & TV Awards will air June 18th at 9PM ET. The full list of nominees is below.

Best Movie

Avengers: Infinity War (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)

Black Panther (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)

Girls Trip (Universal Pictures) 

It (New Line Cinema)

Wonder Woman (Warner Bros. Pictures) 

Best Show

13 Reasons Why (Netflix) 

Game of Thrones (HBO) 

Grown-ish (Freeform) 

Riverdale (The CW) 

Stranger Things (Netflix) 


Best Performance in a Movie

Chadwick Boseman – Black Panther 

Timothée Chalamet – Call Me by Your Name 

Ansel Elgort – Baby Driver 

Daisy Ridley – Star Wars: The Last Jedi 

Saoirse Ronan – Lady Bird 


Best Performance in a Show

Millie Bobby Brown – Stranger Things 

Darren Criss – The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story

Katherine Langford – 13 Reasons Why 

Issa Rae – Insecure

Maisie Williams – Game of Thrones 


Best Hero

Chadwick Boseman (T’Challa / Black Panther) – Black Panther 

Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen) – Game of Thrones 

Gal Gadot (Diana Prince / Wonder Woman) – Wonder Woman 

Grant Gustin (Barry Allen / The Flash) – The Flash

Daisy Ridley (Rey) – Star Wars: The Last Jedi 


Best Villain

Josh Brolin (Thanos) – Avengers: Infinity War 

Adam Driver (Kylo Ren) – Star Wars: The Last Jedi 

Michael B. Jordan (N’Jadaka / Erik Killmonger) – Black Panther

Aubrey Plaza (Lenny Busker) – Legion 

Bill Skarsgard (Pennywise) – It 


Best Kiss

Jane the Virgin – Gina Rodriguez (Jane) and Justin Baldoni (Rafael)

Love, Simon – Nick Robinson (Simon) and Keiynan Lonsdale (Bram)

Ready Player One – Olivia Cooke (Sam) and Tye Sheridan (Wade)

Riverdale – KJ Apa (Archie) and Camila Mendes (Veronica) 

Stranger Things – Finn Wolfhard (Mike) and Millie Bobby Brown (Eleven)


Most Frightened Performance

Talitha Bateman (Janice) – Annabelle: Creation

Emily Blunt (Evelyn Abbott) – A Quiet Place

Sophia Lillis (Beverly Marsh) – It

Cristin Milioti (Nanette Cole) – Black Mirror

Noah Schnapp (Will Byers) – Stranger Things


Best On-Screen Team

Black Panther – Chadwick Boseman (T’Challa / Black Panther), Lupita Nyong’o (Nakia), Danai Gurira (Okoye), Letitia Wright (Shuri)

It – Finn Wolfhard (Richie), Sophia Lillis (Beverly), Jaeden Lieberher (Bill), Jack Dylan Grazer (Eddie), Wyatt Oleff (Stanley), Jeremy Ray Taylor (Ben), Chosen Jacobs (Mike)

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle – Dwayne Johnson (Smolder), Kevin Hart (Mouse), Jack Black (Shelly), Karen Gillan  (Ruby), Nick Jonas (Seaplane)

Ready Player One –  Tye Sheridan (Wade), Olivia Cooke (Samantha), Philip Zhao (Sho), Win Morisaki (Daito), Lena Waithe (Aech)

Stranger Things – Gaten Matarazzo (Dustin), Finn Wolfhard (Mike), Caleb McLaughlin (Lucas), Noah Schnapp (Will), Sadie Sink (Max)


Best Comedic Performance

Jack Black – Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

Tiffany Haddish – Girls Trip 

Dan Levy – Schitt’s Creek

Kate McKinnon – SNL

Amy Schumer – I Feel Pretty 


Scene Stealer

Tiffany Haddish (Dina) – Girls Trip

Dacre Montgomery (Billy Hargrove) – Stranger Things

Madelaine Petsch (Cheryl Blossom) – Riverdale 

Taika Waititi (Korg) – Thor: Ragnarok 

Letitia Wright (Shuri) – Black Panther


Best Fight

Atomic Blonde – Charlize Theron (Lorraine) vs. Daniel Hargrave (Sniper), Greg Rementer (Spotter)

Avengers: Infinity War – Scarlett Johansson (Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow), Danai Gurira (Okoye), Elizabeth Olsen (Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch) vs. Carrie Coon (Proxima Midnight)

Black Panther – Chadwick Boseman (Black Panther) vs. Winston Duke (M’Baku)

Thor: Ragnarok – Mark Ruffalo (Hulk) vs. Chris Hemsworth (Thor)

Wonder Woman – Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman) vs. German Soldiers 


Best Music Documentary

Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop: A Bad Boy Story 

Demi Lovato: Simply Complicated 

Gaga: Five Foot Two 

Jay-Z’s Footnotes for 4:44 

The Defiant Ones 


Best Reality Series

Keeping Up with the Kardashians 

Love & Hip Hop 

The Real Housewives 

RuPaul’s Drag Race

Vanderpump Rules