Less than two months after its release, Avengers: Endgame won best movie at the 2019 MTV Movie & TV Awards. This is the second time that a film in that lucrative franchise has walked off with this award. The first The Avengers won in 2013. Two other film franchises have won multiple awards in this category. The first four Twilight films all won the top award, as did all three The Lord of the Rings films.
HBO’s Game of Thrones took best (TV) show, after losing the last two years to Netflix’s Stranger Things.
This is the third year in a row that male and female actors have competed in the same categories at the MTV awards in both film and TV divisions. And this is the second time in those three years that females have walked off with both of those gender-neutral prizes.
Elisabeth Moss took best performance in a (TV) show for her role in The Handmaid’s Tale. The award had gone the last two years to Millie Bobby Brown for Stranger Things.
Females accounted for the entire field of four nominees in the TV category. (Jason Mitchell’s nomination for The Chi was rescinded on May 29 due to alleged personal misconduct.) Females accounted for four of the five nominees in the film category. The only male nominated was Rami Malek for Bohemian Rhapsody.
Gaga’s win over Malek, who won a raft of prizes for his portrayal of Freddie Mercury, was surprising, at least initially.
It makes a little more sense, at least by the sometimes convoluted logic of award shows, when you think about it. Malek, who won an Oscar, Golden Globe, SAG Award and BAFTA Award for his role in Bohemian Rhapsody, hardly needed another award. Gaga, on the other hand, lost at all four of those award shows (though she did win an Oscar for best song). A trophy for her acclaimed performance would be a nice consolation prize after just missing out so many times.
Plus, of course, Gaga is MTV royalty. That fact probably also boosted such past MTV Movie Award lead performance winners as Janet Jackson (Poetic Justice, 1994), Will Smith (Ali, 2002 and I Am Legend, 2008) and Eminem (8 Mile, 2003).
The result of the Gaga/Malek showdown was downplayed on the show. The list of nominees in that category wasn’t even announced. And Gaga wasn’t on hand to accept. The audience was told that she was in Las Vegas performing. Gaga won a second award for best musical moment for “Shallow,” the smash hit from A Star Is Born.
Noah Centineo, who played Peter Kavinsky in To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, was also a double winner. He took best breakthrough performance and best kiss, for his liplock with Lana Condor, who played Lara Jean.
Surviving Bobby Brown beat RBG, a doc about Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, for best documentary, but Ginsburg won a separate award for best real life hero.
Females even took the award for best fight. That award went to Brie Larson vs. Gemma Chan in Captain Marvel. It’s the first time that an all-female smackdown has won in this category since 2010, when Beyoncé Knowles battled Ali Larter in Obsessed.