The general consensus in the entertainment industry has always been that film is where you get true quality and artistry, while TV is where you get gimmicky sitcoms and cringe-worthy performances. In the past few years though, TV has stepped up its game and narrowed that gap, and the MTV Movie & TV awards are proof positive of it.

Sure, there’s still trash TV just like there are trash movies, but when it comes to the real, raw stories we get from Netflix, HBO and other networks who are bold enough to create show-stopping content, we’re getting story quality we’ve never seen before on TV.

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It used to be that when actors could no longer get cast in films, they’d take the step down to television, and it was a pretty obvious admission of defeat in anyone’s book. Now though, big time actors flock to television for the hard-hitting roles and masterful storytelling. Reese Witherspoon executive produced and starred in HBO’S “Big Little Lies” alongside heavy hitters Nicole Kidman and Shailene Woodley. Susan Sarandon volunteered for FX’s “Feud,” while Drew Barrymore stunned in Netflix’s “Santa Clarita Diet.”. Even Jude Law and Diane Keaton made the move to TV for “The Young Pope” on HBO.

It appears we’ve finally reached the point where TV shows and the performances in them can hang with critically-acclaimed films and even compete with them for awards. In this new slate, we’ve got “Transparent” battling it out with “Moonlight” for Best American Story, while “The Walking Dead’s” Negan (Jeffery Dean Morgan) takes on the Joker (Jared Leto) from “Suicide Squad” for Best Villain.

First stop MTV Movie & TV Awards, next stop — The Golden Globes and SAG Awards.

Movie of the Year

  • “Beauty & the Beast”
  • “The Edge of Seventeen”
  • “Get Out”
  • “Logan”
  • “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”

Best Actor in a Movie

  • Daniel Kaluuya, “Get Out”
  • Emma Watson, “Beauty & the Beast”
  • Hailee Steinfeld, “The Edge of Seventeen”
  • Hugh Jackman, “Logan”
  • James McAvoy, “Split”
  • Taraji P. Henson, “Hidden Figures”

Show of the Year

  • “Atlanta,” FX
  • “Game of Thrones,” HBO
  • “Insecure,” HBO
  • “Pretty Little Liars,” Freeform
  • “Stranger Things,” Netflix
  • “This Is Us,” NBC

Best Actor in a Show

  • Donald Glover, “Atlanta”
  • Emilia Clarke, “Game of Thrones”
  • Gina Rodriguez, “Jane the Virgin”
  • Jeffrey Dean Morgan, “The Walking Dead”
  • Mandy Moore, “This Is Us”
  • Millie Bobby Brown, “Stranger Things”

Best Kiss

  • Ashton Sanders & Jharrel Jerome, “Moonlight”
  • Emma Stone & Ryan Gosling, “La La Land”
  • Emma Watson & Dan Stevens, “Beauty and the Beast”
  • Taraji P. Henson & Terrence Howard, “Empire”
  • Zac Efron & Anna Kendrick, “Mike & Dave Need Wedding Dates”

Best Host

  • Ellen DeGeneres, “The Ellen DeGeneres Show”
  • John Oliver, “Last Week Tonight With John Oliver”
  • RuPaul, “RuPaul’s Drag Race”
  • Samantha Bee, “Full Frontal With Samantha Bee”
  • Trevor Noah, “The Daily Show”

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Best Villain

  • Allison Williams, “Get Out”
  • Demogorgon, “Stranger Things”
  • Jared Leto, “Suicide Squad”
  • Jeffrey Dean Morgan, “The Walking Dead”
  • Wes Bentley, “American Horror Story”

Best Documentary

  • “13TH”
  • “I Am Not Your Negro”
  • “OJ: Made in America”
  • “This Is Everything: Gigi Gorgeous”
  • “TIME: The Kalief Browder Story”

Best Reality Competition

  • “America’s Got Talent”
  • “MasterChef Junior”
  • “RuPaul’s Drag Race”
  • “The Bachelor”
  • “The Voice”

Best Comedic Performance

  • Adam Devine, “Workaholics”
  • Ilana Glazer & Abbi Jacobson, “Broad City”
  • Lil Rel Howery, “Get Out”
  • Seth MacFarlane, “Family Guy”
  • Seth Rogen, “Sausage Party”
  • Will Arnett, “The LEGO Batman Movie”


  • “Game of Thrones” – Hodor’s (Kristian Nairn) Death
  • “Grey’s Anatomy” – Meredith tells her children about Derek’s death (Ellen Pompeo)
  • “Me Before You” – Will (Sam Claflin) tells Louisa (Emilia Clarke) he can’t stay with her
  • “Moonlight” – Paula (Naomie Harris) tells Chiron (Trevante Rhodes) that she loves him
  • “This Is Us” – Jack (Milo Ventimiglia) and Randall (Lonnie Chavis) at karate

Best Hero

  • Felicity Jones, “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”
  • Grant Gustin, “The Flash”
  • Mike Colter, “Luke Cage”
  • Millie Bobby Brown, “Stranger Things”
  • Stephen Amell, “Arrow”
  • Taraji P. Henson, “Hidden Figures”

Next Generation

  • Chrissy Metz
  • Daniel Kaluuya
  • Issa Rae
  • Riz Ahmed
  • Yara Shahidi

Best Duo

  • Adam Levine & Blake Shelton, “The Voice”
  • Daniel Kaluuya & Lil Rel Howery, “Get Out”
  • Brian Tyree Henry & Lakeith Stanfield, “Atlanta”
  • Hugh Jackman & Dafne Keen, “Logan”
  • Josh Gad & Luke Evans, “Beauty & the Beast”
  • Martha Stewart & Snoop Dogg, “Martha & Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party”

Best American Story

  • “Black-ish”
  • “Fresh Off the Boat”
  • “Jane the Virgin”
  • “Moonlight”
  • “Transparent”

Best Fight Against the System

  • “Get Out”
  • “Hidden Figures”
  • “Loving”
  • “Luke Cage”
  • “Mr. Robot”

The 2017 MTV Movie Awards will be held May 7 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.

Posted by:Lindsay MacDonald

Lindsay MacDonald is a Los Angeles based entertainment reporter with an affinity for CW superheroes. She graduated from Pepperdine University with a major in Media Studies and a borderline unhealthy obsession with TV in 2012. She would much rather spend the day binge-watching ‘The Flash’ or sorting ‘Game of Thrones’ characters into Hogwarts houses than venturing outdoors. TV words to live by: “Never ignore coincidence. Unless, of course, you’re busy. In which case, always ignore coincidence.”