The Avengers women in "Avengers: Endgame"
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The MTV Movie and TV Awards are tonight, June 17, and there is some stiff competition in the running. 

Unlike the Oscars, which chooses its winners through a prestigious academy of movie buffs, the MTV Movie and TV Awards are decided by the people. The Golden Popcorn awards have even more meaning because it's the fans who decided the winners. 

Zachary Levi will host the event and is nominated for two awards. The most honorable award of the night, the Generation Award, which applauds an actor for their significant contributions to entertainment, will go to Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. 

And, of course, it wouldn't be a true MTV awards show without some stellar musical performances. Lizzo, the powerful feminist hip-hop artist who sings "Truth Hurts," and Bazzi, whose hit song "Paradise" feels like the song of the summer, will both hit the stage. 

Ahead, you'll find the nominees for each category, so you'll know exactly which ones to vote for! Did your fave make the list of nominees? Check it out!

Best Musical Moment 


"Seventeen" from Riverdale

Betty (Lili Reinhart) and Jughead (Cole Sprouse) belted out a number from Heathers in this musical season three episode. Toni (Vanessa Morgan) and Cheryl (Madelaine Petsch) join in at the middle of the song in quite possibly the cutest combination of Rivedale couples ever seen. 

"Shallow" from A Star Is Born

Lady Gaga wowed audiences everywhere with her rendition of "Shallow" in her leading role with Bradley Cooper. The song won the Oscar this year for Best Original Song. 

"Live Aid Concert" from Bohemian Rhapsody

Rami Malek recreated Queen's Live Aid Concert performance so accurately. The Freddie Mercury actor took home an Oscar for Best Actor thanks in part to this performance. 

"Just A Girl" from Captain Marvel

Brie Larson was a powerful feminist superhero in this women-led Marvel movie, and No Doubt's "Just A Girl" was the perfect song choice to be featured. 

"Masquerade" from Chilling Adventures of Sabrina 

In the season two finale, the Sabrina show took a page right out of Riverdale's book and had a musical episode. The cast sang the song from Phantom of The Opera in a slightly different rendition. 

"Look At That Butt" from On My Block

Jasmine (Jessica Marie Garcia) and Ruby (Jason Genao) from the Netflix series On My Block dance to Dillon Francis's "Look At That Butt" in an epic dance routine. 

"Sunflower" from Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Post Malone's "Sunflower" became everyone's favorite song after it was featured in the animated Spider-Man movie. Miles (Shameik Moore) bops along to the song in the trailer, which caused a streaming frenzy. 

"I Think We're Alone Now" from The Umbrella Academy

The awkward band of superheroes danced like no one is watching along to Tiffany's "I Think We're Alone Now." 

Best Movie

"Avengers: Endgame" movie scene
photo: Marvel


Avengers: Endgame

Fans were terrified of spoilers for the final Avengers movie. Despite some fan-favorite characters not making it out alive, this near-three-hour movie received rave reviews. 

BlacKkKlansman

Spike Lee directed this movie based on the true story of the first Black detective to serve on a Colorado police force. John David Washington and Adam Driver starred in the film. 

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

This animated superhero movie opened up the world to all of the Spider-Men/Women/Animals in the multi-verse. Now, fans are speculating whether or not Miles Morales exists in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. 

To All The Boys I've Loved Before

Netflix's lovable romantic comedy sparked a huge influx of successful romcoms on the service. Lana Condor and Noah Centineo starred as the high school couple, Lara Jean and Peter. 

Us

Jordan Peele entered into the world of horror again after his widely successful Get Out film. Lupita Nyong'o starred as the wide-eyed and terrifying Red/Adelaide. 

Best Show

"Game of Thrones" Daenerys Targaryen
photo: HBO


Game of Thrones

Despite some pushback in the eighth and final season, the HBO fantasy drama was viewed by all. It was one of the most anticipated series finales to date and unfortunately drew lots of criticism by most fans. 

Big Mouth

This raunchy animated comedy tells the story of puberty through the eyes of middle schoolers and their raging hormones (monsters).

Riverdale

Riverdale continues to be loved by the masses, despite some confusing plot points. This final season left off with a major cliffhanger and fans are so excited for the next season. 

Schitt's Creek

Netflix's comedy created by father-son duo Eugene and Dan Levy imagines a world without judgment and is funnier for it. 

The Haunting of Hill House

Netflix's haunting series became extremely popular because of the incredible cinematography and creepy elements including hidden ghosts in nearly every scene. 

Best Performance In A Movie


Lady Gaga In A Star Is Born

The singer proved her acting chops in this film where she starred as Ally, a newcomer to the music industry, and gave an inside look at what it's really like. 

Amandla Stenberg in The Hate U Give

Amandla Stenberg's role in this film commented on police brutality. Her character Starr witnesses the death of her best friend in a heartbreaking murder and the film follows how she grieves in a town out to demonize her friend.

Lupita Nyong'o in Us

Nyong'o had to take on two roles that were wildly different in this film. A plot twist at the very end of the movie also left viewers completely shocked by how she was able to pull off her characters. 

Rami Malek in Bohemian Rhapsody

Malek took home the Oscar for Best Actor for his accurate portrayal of Freddie Mercury. Even members of Queen thought his performance was incredibly believable. 

Sandra Bullock in Bird Box

Twitter went crazy over Bullock in this Netflix horror movie. In fact, they went so wild for her role that they even attempted dangerous challenges that imitated her blindfolded driving. 

Best Performance in a Show

Kiernan Shipka in "Chilling Adventures of Sabrina"
photo: Netflix


Kiernan Shipka in Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

Newcomer Shipka took on the Archie comics role of a teenaged witch. She had big shoes to fill as Sabrina has been recreated multiple times (Melissa Joan Hart, Emily Hart) and she has mostly lived up to expectations. 

Elizabeth Moss in The Handmaid's Tale

Moss plays Offred, formerly June, in the movie about a dystopian future in which women are belittled into sex slaves and men rule in a hyper-religious society. 

Emilia Clarke in Game of Thrones

Unfortunately, Clarke didn't see it through to the very end of the HBO series. Her character's story unraveled at the end in a disappointing to fans twist, but Clarke managed to show off her acting abilities despite the writing. 

Gina Rodriguez in Jane The Virgin

Rodriguez gained even more notoriety after starring in Netflix's film about female friendship and independence while handling a breakup, Something Great. True fans will always see her as the titular character in this CW drama-comedy that finished filming its final season earlier this year. 

Best Hero

Maisie Williams in "Game of Thrones"
photo: HBO


Maisie Williams as Arya Stark in Game of Thrones

A highlight of the fantasy show came early on in the final season when Arya took down the series' most formidable villain. 

Brie Larson as Carol Danvers aka Captain Marvel in Captain Marvel

Larson famously did all of her own stunts as Captain Marvel and showed off her skills in multiple battle sequences.

John David Washington as Ron Stallworth in BlacKkKlansman

Portraying a real-life hero, Washington's character exposes members of the Ku Klux Klan in Colorado. Washington won a Golden Globe for his part. 

Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark aka Iron Man in Avengers: Endgame

In Endgame Tony Stark is living a pretty good life compared to most of the people who lost friends in family in the snap that wiped out half the world's population. He ends up sacrificing everything he loves to save the world, which is pretty much the ultimate hero status. 

Zachary Levi as Billy Batson aka Shazam in Shazam!

The awards show host Levi stars as a young kid who turns into an adult superhero overnight that battles bullies. 

Best Kiss

Noah Centineo and Lana Condor in To All the Boys I've Loved Before

Fans shipped these two young stars as soon as the trailer for the Netflix film dropped. They had incredible chemistry in the film. 

Camila Mendes and Charles Melton in Riverdale

Varchie fans close your eyes! Veronica (Camila Mendes) and Reggie (Charles Melton) clearly had chemistry as they began dating IRL after their characters got together. 

Jason Momoa and Amber Heard in Aquaman

Unsurprisingly this stunning couple made waves after the premiere of Momoa's first superhero film. Fans can expect to see them again in the sequel dropping in 2022.

Ncuti Gatwa and Connor Swindwells in Sex Education

Adam (Gatwa) and Eric (Swindwells) are an adorable couple in this film about teenagers coming to terms with sex and sexuality.

Tom Hardy and Michelle Williams in Venom

Hardy and Williams shared a steamy kiss in this super villain movie. 

Best Comedic Performance


Awkwafina in Crazy Rich Asians

The beloved romantic comedy was made even better by Awkwafina's zany best friend to Rachel, Ling. 

Dan Levy in Schitt's Creek 

Levy's quotable comedy in this series about a wealthy family losing it all is quite possibly the best part of the show. 

John Mulaney in Big Mouth

All of this animated series is laughable and cringey, but John Mulaney's Andrew is the star of the awkward pre-teen cast. 

Marsai Martin in Little

This young actor had the task of portraying a full grown adult in this comedy in which a woman turns into her younger self after a curse goes wrong. 

Zachary Levi in Shazam!

In his second nomination, Levi played the heroic teenager who turns into an adult superhuman at the shout of "Shazam!" and his enactment of a pre-teen is spot on. 

Best Villain 

Penn Badgley in "You"
photo: Netflix


Penn Badgley as Joe Goldberg in You

Badgley was a little too believable as the creepy serial killer Joe and some fans had a hard time separating the actor from the evil character. 

Lupita Nyong'o as Red in Us

Nyong'o's third nomination is for her second character in Peele's horror movie. She was truly frightening as Red, who is the alter ego to Adelaide. 

Josh Brolin as Thanos in Avengers: Endgame

Thanos is the ultimate supervillain and Brolin manages to keep him level-headed, stoic, and evil all at the same time. 

Joseph Fiennes as Commander Fred Waterford in The Handmaid's Tale

The creepy dystopian future feels all too possible to some fans, and it's what makes Fiennes's Lord Commander character even eviler.  

Jodie Comer as Villanelle in Killing Eve

Comer plays a hired assassin in the series starring Sandra Oh. The two have an obsession with getting each other and have vibrant chemistry as well as hatred for each other in the show. 

Breakthrough Performance


Haley Lu Richardson in Five Feet Apart

Richardson starred opposite Cole Sprouse in this movie about teenagers with cystic fibrosis falling in love and dealing with their illness.

Awkwafina in Crazy Rich Asians

This is Awkafina's second nomination thanks to her impeccable comedic timing in the romantic comedy. 

MJ Rodriguez in Pose

Rodriguez is a part of the largest transgender ensemble to ever be cast in a scripted show. Pose is a series about the LGBTQ+-led ballroom scene set in the '80s in New York City. Rodriguez plays the mother/leader of a ballroom house who pushes her "kids — the ballroom house members — to be more than the social castaways that people try to box LGBTQ+ people into being.

Ncuti Gatwa in Sex Education 

Gatwa was beloved by fans in his introductory role in the Netflix series about teenagers being open about sex and sexuality in an underground sex therapy clinic. 

Noah Centineo in To All The Boys I've Loved Before
Centineo went on to star in multiple other romantic comedies after his part in this Netflix series. It sparked a successful career for him as the boy-next-door character. 

Most Frightened Performance


Sandra Bullock in Bird Box

Bullock plays a terrified adoptive mother to two children that she gives no names. She saves them from an unseen horror in the Netflix film. 

Alex Wolff in Hereditary

Wolff's character gets possessed after his sister dies in this horror movie. In one of the scariest moment of the movie, he bangs his head on a desk and contorts his face in a horrifying way. 

Linda Cardellini in The Curse of  La Llorona

Cardellini proves she can take on any kind of role in this supernatural horror film. Her character's children are stalked by the terrifying ghost La Llorona.  

Rhian Rees in Halloween

Rees plays Dana Rhodes in this sequel to the horror classic that reprised Jamie Lee Curtis's role in the 1978 original.  

Victoria Pedretti in The Haunting of Hill House

The standout newcomer was Pedretti in this horror Netflix series. Her character Nell is one of the only children who acknowledge the horrors that happened to them in their childhood home and is killed for it. 


Reality Royalty 


The Bachelor

The latest season of this reality romance show was out of the ordinary as Colton sent home his final women to win back Cassie who eliminated herself for fear of "not being ready."

Jersey Shore: Family Vacation

The beloved MTV show from the early 2010s came back to see what the fan favorite guidos have been up to since their days at the shore. 

Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta

This VH1 series follows Atlanta's premiere rappers and hip-hop artists. Naturally, drama ensues. 

The Challenge

This MTV competition show promises the winner one million dollars for completing difficult physical, mental, and emotional challenges. 

Vanderpump Rules

This reality series follows the drama of the servers in one of Hollywood's prestigious restaurants run by Lisa Vanderpump.

Most Meme-able Moment


Lindsay Lohan's Beach Club

The Lilo Dance was an iconic Lohan meme that circulated through the internet relentlessly.

Love & Hip-Hop Hollywood

Ray J’s Hat became a meme after it looked precariously perched throughout the whole season. 

RBG

The Notorious RBG has been made into merchandise and Ginsburg herself gets stopped to take photos constantly being hailed as a hero. 

RuPaul's Drag Race

Everyone loves a good fail and Asia O’Hara’s butterfly finale fail made its way to the internet very quickly. 

The Bachelor

Colton Underwood jumps the fence became a new way of showing love. 

Best Fight


RBG vs. Inequality 

RBG — In the documentary about the Supreme Court Justice, she goes up against a system of oppression and works to make life better for the everyman.  

Arya Stark vs. the White Walkers

Game of Thrones — The only thing holding up the final season was possibly the iconic moment when Maisie Williams' character struck down the Night King.  

Becky Lynch vs. Ronda Rousey

WWE Wrestlemania — Rousey and Lynch put on the fight of the century, and Lynch surprisingly took down the WWE alum. 

Captain America vs. Thanos

Avengers: Endgame — The whole Avengers team took on the alien villain but Chris Evans's character led the charge against him. 

Captain Marvel vs. Minn-Erva

Captain Marvel — Larson was an impressive superhero, and ended up being one of the strongest Marvel heroes of all. 

Best Documentary


At the Heart of Gold: Inside the USA Gymnastics Scandal

HBO produced this documentary about the horrific sexual assaults of the Olympic Gymnastic team. 

McQueen

This film is a look into the creative artistry of designer Alexander McQueen. 

Minding the Gap

Three young men try to escape their London hometown and volatile families. It was nominated for an Oscar for Best Documentary. 

RBG

This documentary chronicles the life of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the important laws she has put into place to protect the people.

Surviving R. Kelly

This Lifetime documentary tells the story of the young men who were sexually assaulted by R&B artist R. Kelly. 

Best Host


RuPaul from RuPaul's Drag Race

RuPaul is a beloved drag queen and mentor on his namesake drag competition show. He was also recently featured on Miley Cyrus's song "Cattitude" and in the movie Someone Great. 

Gayle King from CBS This Morning

People praised King for her composed interview with R. Kelly following the premiere of the documentary that accounts for his predatory behavior. In the interview, Kelly blew up in the jouranlist's face and she managed to remain calm.

Nick Cannon from Wild 'N Out

Cannon hosts the MTV freestyle hip-hop competition show that welcomes celebrities to face off in a rap battle against each other. 

Nick Cannon from The Masked Singer

Cannon received two nominations in this category. He also hosted the popular first season of this guessing show that ended up revealing T-Pain as the final winner. 

Trevor Noah from The Daily Show

Noah's Comedy Central show is unafraid to test limits. Noah is brutally honest and unapologetic in his distaste for the Conservative government.  

Best Real Life Hero


Serena Williams

Being Serena — The tennis champion stars in her own documentary about her success and some of the difficulties with being a woman in sports. 

Alex Honnold

Free Solo — Professional rock climber Honnold stunned viewers as he attempted to climb a 900-meter vertical face without equipment. 

Hannah Gadsby

Nanette — Gadsby's Netflix comedy special offered poignant commentary on LGBTQ issues.  

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

RBG —Taking home the most nominations, Ginsburg is clearly beloved by fans and a hero in any light. 

Roman Reigns 

WWE SmackDown — This professional wrestler is also an actor and made his acting debut in the latest Fast and Furious installment.