This Is Us, Stranger Things, Atlanta Lead MTV Movie & TV Award Nominations

MTV on Thursday unveiled the (slightly confusing) list of nominees for its first-ever MTV Movie & TV Awards, which has TV and film competing in many of the same categories.

For instance, The Flash‘s Grant Gustin and Arrow‘s Stephen Amell are competing against Rogue One‘s Felicity Jones (as well as Hidden Figures‘ Taraji P. Henson, who played a real-life person) for Best Hero, while the Oscar-winning Moonlight is pitted against black-ish and Transparent in the race for Best American Story.

Some categories are less confusing than others. Stranger Things, This Is Us and Atlanta are among the nominees for Show of the Year, while The Walking Dead‘s Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Jane the Virgin‘s Gina Rodriguez and Game of Thrones‘ Emilia Clarke will compete for Best Actor in a Show. Other series up for top honors include Marvel’s Luke Cage, Pretty Little Liars, Empire, Insecure, Broad City and, umm, Martha & Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party. (#PeakTV!)

Adam Devine (who is nominated for Best Comedic Performance, on Workaholics) will serve as host of the basic cable awards gala, which will be air live on Sunday, May 7 at 8/7c. A complete list of nominees reads as follows:

SHOW OF THE YEAR
Atlanta
Game of Thrones
Insecure
Pretty Little Liars
Stranger Things
This Is Us

BEST ACTOR IN A SHOW
Donald Glover, Atlanta
Emilia Clarke, Game of Thrones
Gina Rodriguez, Jane the Virgin
Jeffrey Dean Morgan, The Walking Dead
Mandy Moore, This Is Us
Millie Bobby Brown, Stranger Things

BEST REALITY COMPETITION
America’s Got Talent
MasterChef Junior
RuPaul’s Drag Race
The Bachelor
The Voice

BEST COMEDIC PERFORMANCE
Adam Devine, Workaholics
Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson, Broad City
Lil Rel Howery, Get Out
Seth MacFarlane, Family Guy
Seth Rogen, Sausage Party
Will Arnett, The LEGO Batman Movie

BEST HERO
Felicity Jones, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Grant Gustin, The Flash
Mike Colter, Marvel’s Luke Cage
Millie Bobby Brown, Stranger Things
Stephen Amell, Arrow
Taraji P. Henson, Hidden Figures

BEST VILLAIN
Allison Williams, Get Out
Demogorgon, Stranger Things
Jared Leto, Suicide Squad
Jeffrey Dean Morgan, The Walking Dead
Wes Bentley, American Horror Story

BEST HOST
Ellen DeGeneres, The Ellen DeGeneres Show
John Oliver, Last Week Tonight With John Oliver
RuPaul, RuPaul’s Drag Race
Samantha Bee, Full Frontal With Samantha Bee
Trevor Noah, The Daily Show With Trevor Noah

BEST DUO
Adam Levine and Blake Shelton, The Voice
Daniel Kaluuya and Lil Rel Howery, Get Out
Brian Tyree Henry and Lakeith Stanfield, Atlanta
Hugh Jackman and Dafne Keen, Logan
Josh Gad and Luke Evans, Beauty and the Beast
Martha Stewart and Snoop Dogg – Martha & Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party

BEST KISS
Ashton Sanders and Jharrel Jerome, Moonlight
Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, La La Land
Emma Watson and Dan Stevens, Beauty and the Beast
Taraji P. Henson and Terrence Howard, Empire
Zac Efron and Anna Kendrick, Mike & Dave Need Wedding Dates

TEARJERKER
Game of Thrones – Hodor’s Death
Grey’s Anatomy – Meredith tells her children about Derek’s death
Me Before You – Will tells Louisa he can’t stay with her
Moonlight – Paula tells Chiron that she loves him
This Is Us – Jack and Randall at karate

BEST AMERICAN STORY
black-ish
Fresh Off the Boat
Jane the Virgin
Moonlight
Transparent

BEST FIGHT AGAINST THE SYSTEM
Get Out
Hidden Figures
Loving
Marvel’s Luke Cage
Mr. Robot

NEXT GENERATION
Chrissy Metz
Daniel Kaluuya
Issa Rae
Riz Ahmed
Yara Shahidi

MOVIE OF THE YEAR 
Beauty and the Beast
Get Out
Logan
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
The Edge of Seventeen

BEST ACTOR IN A MOVIE
Daniel Kaluuya, Get Out
Emma Watson, Beauty and the Beast
Hailee Steinfeld, The Edge of Seventeen
Hugh Jackman, Logan
James McAvoy, Split
Taraji P. Henson, Hidden Figures

BEST DOCUMENTARY
13TH
I Am Not Your Negro
O.J.: Made in America
This Is Everything: Gigi Gorgeous
TIME: The Kalief Browder Story

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19 Comments
  1. Cactus Rose says:

    MTV handing out awards, eh? What qualifies them to make these decisions? Obviously, nothing since they have no idea what they’re doing. Pitting movies against TV shows is ridiculous! Good thing there are better shows on Sunday nights to watch instead!

  2. Haz says:

    Umm did they come up with these ideas while stoned? Why combine movies and television for a few categories? This just makes no sense.

  3. az80sguy says:

    Interesting how many other sister Viacom Network shows & talent are nominated by “MTV”…

  4. Brian says:

    These nominations look terrible being together.

  5. Cas says:

    So I wonder if any of the producers/actors/anyone cares if MTV gives them an award?

  6. Gerald says:

    I can appreciate combining some of the categories just to be different, but not all of them. And you have got to be kidding me with some of the nominations. Worst overactor in a tv show maybe for Jeffery Dean Morgan. He is killing TWD ratings this season. And how did Trevor Noah get a host nomination when Seth and Stephen are killing the late night talks? And what qualifies as an “American Story” Weird. Not sure I will be watching.

    • Haz says:

      I was curious about the “American Story” as well and noticed the shows nominated cast is mostly minorities except for Transparent however some might consider the trans community minorities in a sense. So is it maybe an American Dream type category?

      • Haz says:

        The “American” category is sort of a American dream category, it’s America at its best “open and diverse”.

    • Cas says:

      I disagree on JDM. TWD ratings are dying because it was a lack luster season. And they aren’t even dying. Still quite high. Also, if you read the comics, JDM is spot on. So your real issue is with how Negan has been written. Also, I know plenty of people who like him and Negan.

    • cuius says:

      John Oliver and Samantha Bee – Hosts? – surely they’d need weekly guests to qualify

  7. fernando933 says:

    I hope Gina Rodriguez wins best actress she is so underrated. I feel she should at least get nominations for emmys.
    GOT, Stranger Things, and This is Us are the top three shows of the year be happy if either of them wins.

  8. Lauren says:

    The weirdness of these categories and combinations confirms to me that, at 30 years old, I have officially aged out of MTV.
    Also, out of all the tear-jerk scenes on This is Us, the karate class isn’t in the top of the list for me. But now I’m being nit picky.

    • Jenna says:

      I HATED the karate scene, and actually couldn’t help laughing at how bonkers silly and sappy and cloying it was, even for a sentimental show it was nauseating

  9. Philip says:

    The MTV Awards always has had categories like “best Partnership” or “Best Kiss” when it was just Movies. Now, that they have integrated Television into the mix, they are just keeping the same categories but mixing the two mediums together.
    I guess they don’t want to add another set of separate categories for TV and movies. (Comedy, Drama, actor, Actress…..) Plus, I think they have the usual timeslot and time restraints.

  10. RE says:

    Wasn’t Derek’s death on Grey’s Anatomy TWO Years ago?

  11. Susu says:

    Love the Patriarchal pairing of the males from The Voice as duo. 4 judges people.

  12. J says:

    Allison Williams for best villain…feel like that needs a spoiler alert

  13. Michael Heinrich says:

    I think I can deal with movies and TV together. I’d like to see more categories like hero and heroine. We are finally seeing great strong female characters, lumping​ them in with the long standing male characters just seems like a slap in the face. Let the stand on their own so more can be recognized.