Star Wars: The Force Awakens wins top honours at MTV Movie Awards
Irreverent fan-voted film awards also presents golden popcorn trophies to Daisy Ridley, Charlize Theron and Straight Outta Compton
Star Wars: The Force Awakens took the top prize at the 25th annual MTV Movie Awards.
The audience at Warner Bros Studios in Burbank, California, waved what looked like red and blue lightsabres as star Daisy Ridley and director J.J. Abrams accepted the final golden popcorn trophy at Saturday night’s ceremony.
The prize capped off the irreverent awards show, which presents fan-voted film awards and touts upcoming releases.
Will Smith and Melissa McCarthy each received special honours, and their heartfelt speeches were respites of sincerity in an expletive-laden show that featured more F-bombs than awards.
Smith told the audience that he is “dedicated to being a light in this world” when he accepted the show’s highest honour, the Generation Award.
McCarthy, who crowd-surfed her way to the stage to claim the Comedic Genius Award, said that while she is the first woman to receive the recognition, “I am certainly, certainly not the first one to deserve it.”
She thanked everyone who buys tickets to her movies or watches her shows. “You are absolutely the single reason I get to keep doing what I love doing so much,” she said.
Charlize Theron won the first award of the night: best female performance for Mad Max: Fury Road. She thanked the film’s director, her son, Jackson, and daughter, August.
“The story of Fury Road is in part a story of the power of women and the power to create our own destinies,” Theron said as she accepted the award in her daughter’s name.
Pitch Perfect 2 co-stars Rebel Wilson and Adam Devine created an intimate destiny for themselves as they claimed the prize for best kiss, pretending to be overcome with passion and collapsing in an embrace on the stage.
Reynolds said he worked for 10 years to get Deadpool made, but he added that “it was not all unicorns and cocaine” during production.
Other presenters included Seth Rogen, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Common, Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid. Ariana Grande, Halsey and Salt-N-Pepa provided musical performances.
The show also included never-before-seen footage from Suicide Squad and Captain America: Civil War. Eddie Redmayne unveiled the world premiere of the trailer for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
Ridley and Abrams accepted the night’s top prize from Samuel L. Jackson and Alexander Skarsgard, who co-star in the forthcoming The Legend of Tarzan. Skarsgard came onstage wearing a tuxedo jacket and no pants, saying: “You got to give the fans a little skin.”