If you tune into the 2019 MTV Movie & TV Awards tonight (June 17), you’ll see Rami Malek, who won an Oscar and a Golden Globe earlier this year for his performance as Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody, competing with Lady Gaga, who was nominated for both of those awards for her performance in the latest remake of A Star Is Born.
The other nominees in the category are Amandla Stenberg for The Hate U Give, Sandra Bullock for Bird Box and Lupita Nyong’o for Us. Stenberg and Bullock were passed over for Oscar noms. Us is a 2019 release, so Nyong’o will be eligible for next year’s Oscar noms.
Malek is vying to become the fifth actor to win both an Oscar and a MTV award for the same performance. He would follow Tom Hanks in Philadelphia (1994), Julia Roberts in Erin Brockovich (2001), Jennifer Lawrence in Silver Linings Playbook (2013) and Leonardo Di Caprio in The Revenant (2016).
Gaga is vying to become the 10th actor to make up for an Oscar loss with an MTV award. Bradley Cooper, Gaga’s co-star in A Star Is Born, has done this twice. He won MTV awards for his Oscar-nominated performances in Silver Linings Playbook (2013) and American Sniper (2015).
The other eight actors who were nominated, but lost, at the Oscars and won at the MTV awards are Denzel Washington for Malcolm X (1993), Tom Cruise for Jerry Maguire (1997), Will Smith for Ali (2002), Nicole Kidman for Moulin Rouge! (2002), Johnny Depp for Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2004), DiCaprio for The Aviator (2005), Jake Gyllenhaal for Brokeback Mountain (2006) and Ellen Page for Juno (2008).
Olivia Colman (The Favourite) bested Gaga at both the Oscars and the Golden Globes. Colman is not nominated for an MTV award.
This is the third year in a row that male and female actors have competed in the same category at the MTV awards. Prior to this, male and female actors competed against each other just twice (in 2006 and 2007). The awards originated in 1992.
The 2019 MTV Movie and TV Awards air tonight on MTV at 9 p.m. EST/8 p.m. CST.