MTV heralds summer viewing season with its Movie & TV Awards


LOS ANGELES (AP) — MTV described Sunday night’s Movie & TV Awards as the year’s biggest party, but it also made a serious statement with its new policy of breaking down gender barriers in its new format, as men and women competed jointly in the acting categories.

The policy was put into practice by Asia Kate Dillion when she proudly noted she’s “the first openly non-binary actor to play an openly non-binary actor on a major TV show” (Showtime’s drama series “Billions”) then presented the Best Actor in a Movie award to Emma Watson of “Beauty and the Beast.”

“Acting is about the ability to put yourself in someone else’s shoes, and that doesn’t need to be separated into two different categories,” Watson said in receiving her award.

There was another big difference in the 26th edition of what was formerly known as the MTV Movie Awards: TV shows were newly eligible for Golden Popcorn trophies.

The second award of the night — Best Actor in a Show — went to Millie Bobby Brown of Netflix’s “Stranger Things.”

Despite glowering skies and dime-size hailstones, MTV was heralding the start of the summer viewing season with its shindig. The red carpet outside Los Angeles’ Shrine Auditorium was a swamp as luminaries made their water-logged arrival for the shindig.

Inside, it was dry (except for flowing cocktails in the audience) as Adam Devine hosted the proceedings. In the press room, dry socks and T-shirts were distributed to sodden members of the media.

Several new categories were added this year: Best American Story, for the program or film that “showcases America at its best”; Best Fight Against the System, which celebrates underdog efforts and social justice; top trending moment; and best musical moment.

The horror hit “Get Out” led all nominees with six bids, including movie of the year.

“Beauty and the Beast” and the Netflix series “Stranger Things” had four nominations each.

The cast of the “Fast and Furious” franchise were scheduled to receive the Generation Award, which Vin Diesel was set to accept.

___

Frazier Moore reported from New York.