The “MTV Movie & TV Awards” are back!
With the country deep in a pandemic last year, fans of MTV’s annual annual pop culture awards show had to settle for the 90-minute, memory-filled “MTV Movie & TV Awards: Greatest of All Time” edition.
But in 2021, the always raucous, live awards show is back Sunday doling out the Golden Popcorn trophies voted by fans – who weighed in on 25 gender-neutral categories for awards such as Best Kiss, Breakthrough Performance and Best Show.
The 29th annual show will be slightly different, with a two-night format continuing on Monday. With stars like Tom Hiddleston and Anthony Mackie presenting at Los Angeles’ Palladium, the evening is bound to provide its usual share of surprises, emotional moments and star-studded entertainment.
Here’s what to expect.
The nominations: MTV Movie & TV Awards returning for two-night event in May
Comedian Leslie Jones will be hosting the 2021 "MTV Movie & TV Awards" on Sunday, May 16. (Photo: Randy Shropshire, Getty Images for ESSENCE)
What time are the MTV Movie & TV Awards and who is hosting?
The two-hour 2021 “MTV Movie & TV Awards” air live on MTV, with “SNL” star Leslie Jones hosting on Sunday, May 16 from the Palladium in Los Angeles at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
The following evening, comedian Nikki Glaser will host “MTV Movie & TV Awards: Unscripted,” airing Monday, May 17 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. The first-ever “Unscripted” show will be recorded prior, honoring fan favorites in reality TV.
How can we watch the MTV Movie & TV Awards?
The show will air on the MTV network and will also stream on Paramount+. Viewers can watch on streaming services that offer TV options, such as AT&T TV, Hulu + Live TV, Roku and YouTube TV.
Which stars will be presenting awards?
The Golden Popcorn trophies will be handed off by stars such as Hiddleston, Mackie, Mandy Moore, Justin Hartley, Henry Golding, Taylour Paige, Addison Rae, Riley Keough and Jacob Elordi.
Euphoria's "Jacob Elordi" will be presenting at Sunday's "MTV Movie & TV Awards." (Photo: Phillip Faraone, Getty Images)
Who is nominated for an MTV Movie & TV Awards?
“WandaVision,” “Emily in Paris,” and “RuPaul’s Drag Race” lead this year’s nominations for TV. For Best Show, the contenders are “The Boys,” “Bridgerton,” “Cobra Kai,” “Emily in Paris” and “WandaVision.”
“Judas and the Black Messiah” (with two nods) and “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan” (with three) lead the film nominations.
Both films are nominated for best picture against “Promising Young Woman,” “Soul” and “To All the Boys: Always and Forever.”
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Nick Cannon arrives for the 2019 "MTV Movie & TV Awards." Yes, there will be a red carpet in 2021. (Photo: JEAN-BAPTISTE LACROIX, AFP/Getty Images)
Chadwick Boseman, who lost out on a best actor Oscar in April, is in the running for Best Performance in a Movie for “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” against Sacha Baron Cohen (“The Trial of the Chicago 7”), Daniel Kaluuya (“Judas and the Black Messiah”), Carey Mulligan (“Promising Young Woman”) and Zendaya (“Malcolm & Marie”).
Have stars already won an MTV Award?
Scarlett Johansson will receive the Generation Award and Sacha Baron Cohen, the star behind the “Borat” sequel, will definitely go home with hardware. The actor will be honored with the Comedic Genius Award.
The trophy honors a performer who has influenced comedy and has previously gone to Melissa McCarthy in 2016, Kevin Hart in 2015 and Will Ferrell in 2013.
“MTV Movie & TV Awards” nominees: See the full list
Will there be a MTV Movie & TV Awards red carpet?
Stars will walk down a small red carpet at the Palladium. While it won’t be epic, it will definitely provide a look at celebrities and their fashion.
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