From Sandra's Sweet Speech to Lizzo's Electric Performance: The Can't-Miss Moments of the MTV Movie & TV Awards
Zachary Levi Got the Crowd Going
Giving a nod to awkward throwback moments — his own, The Rock’s famous fanny pack photo and a not-so-flattering pic of Kumail Nanjiani — Levi also playfully ribbed Sandra Bullock, but implored the night’s winners to celebrate their craft and the fans that love them with positivity.
He returned throughout the show in skits spoofing Us and Game of Thrones, and at the end of the night, told fans to love themselves: “You are worthy of that love.”
Sandra Bullock Dedicated Her Win to Her Kids
Calling her hit Netflix film Bird Box an “educational video on the horrors of parenting,” the actress said she accepted the role after her son Louis, 9, and daughter Laila, 7, asked her “why I never made anything for them.”
“When I finished the film I went to my babies and I said, ‘Here, Mommy made this for you,’ ” Bullock said. “ ‘And even though you can’t see it until you’re 21 because, apparently, a movie about being a mommy is a horror film, you will know when you see it that there isn’t anything I wouldn’t do for you.’ ”
After wrapping her moving story about how much she’d do for her kids, Bullock said her son was actually asking her to make superhero movies — so she brought him to the show to meet Wonder Woman (presenter Gal Gadot) and Captain Marvel (fellow winner Brie Larson).
The Rock Got Real about Breaking Into Hollywood
The actor and former wrestler was honored with the Generation Award, preceded by a Samoan dance to Queen’s “We Will Rock You” with his name written in flames on the screen behind the dancers.
“When I first got to Hollywood, Hollywood — they didn’t know what the hell to do with me,” he told the audience. “I was this half-black, half-Samoan, 6 foot 4, 275-pound wrestler.”
“I was told at that time, you’ve gotta be a certain way. You’ve gotta drop some weight, you’ve gotta be somebody different, you’ve gotta stop working out, stop doing the things that I love, you’ve gotta stop calling yourself ‘The Rock,’” he recalled.
“I was miserable doing that, so I made a choice. The choice was I wasn’t gonna conform to Hollywood, Hollywood was gonna conform to me,” he explained. “What you saw up here tonight, that’s who I am. I’m proudly half-black and half-Samoan, and I wanted to bring those cultures here up here for the world to see.”
Noah Centineo and Lana Condor Won Best Kiss
The To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before stars won the night’s iconic award, though didn’t lock lips like those who’ve gone before them.
“Wow. About a year and a half ago we made this little movie and we had no idea this was gonna happen,” said Condor. “This is all because of you guys, the fans. Thank you.”
Centineo echoed her sentiment, adding a cheeky, “Thanks to Lana’s lips.”
Jada Pinkett Smith Was Honored as a Trailblazer
The actress and host of Facebook Watch’s hit talk-show Red Table Talk picked up the Trailblazer Award.
Smith was escorted on stage by her son Jaden, and introduced by Tiffany Haddish, who joked about her Girls Trip costar’s ageless appearance before rolling a pre-taped tribute from friends Alicia Keys and Queen Latifah.
Pinkett Smith shared how she didn’t consider herself a trailblazer at first, but later started questioning why she didn’t deserve the award and told the audience that she came to the realization that everyone has the power to be a “trailblazer.”
“It was because I was comparing myself to all the many trailblazers that I admired and I realized, ‘Okay, maybe we do have something in common,’ ” she explained. “Often we applaud the trails that people blaze in the external world that we can see, but very rarely do we applaud the trails that are blazed in the hidden rooms of the mind, that are full of uncertainty, false beliefs, and pain.”
Lizzo Brought the 'Juice'
In an electric performance that gave a nod to Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit, Lizzo performed her hit “Juice” to the delight of everyone in the crowd.
The opening of her number sampled Sister Act 2‘s “Joyful, Joyful,” and she even hit the stage in a choir robe, as her backup dancers were encouraged to ditch theirs by a “stage manager” à la the movie’s final scene, featuring a young Lauryn Hill.
Brie Larson Let Her Stunt Doubles Accept Her Award
After thanking the crowd, Captain Marvel Larson handed the mic to stunt doubles Renae Moneymaker and Joanna Bennett.
“I could not have made this film without them. They are really the baseline for who she is. They are the living embodiment of Captain Marvel,” Larson said.
In turn, the women thanked Larson for the chance to have such a large platform, saying it’s a “rare acknowledgement” that meant a lot to the entire stunt community.
R. Kelly Survivors Were Recognized
In a more poignant moment, the film Surviving R. Kelly won best documentary, and several of the women who spoke out against the singer came to the stage to accept the award.
Executive producer Brie Miranda Bryant spoke for the women, saying, “54 individuals sat to tell this story. Survivors walked through the fire and then stood again to tell this story. And parents shared the hell that they still stand in to tell this story. Around the world and to millions of people, six months later we are still standing in this room telling this story, so thank you.”
“To our survivors and parents, we know the journey does not start or stop with this documentary, but the world is listening now,” she continued. “Because of your bravery, other girls and boys and women and men are speaking without shame and being heard without judgment. Because of your courage you created change and you survived.”