The MTV Movie & TV Awards suspend their live event due to a strike

The awards show has already lost host Drew Barrymore, who dropped out in solidarity with the writers and the show’s red carpet has been rolled up.

NEW YORK – The first major live awards show to air during the current writers’ strike has retired to a pre-taped event as the MTV Movie & TV Awards look to carve a celebratory course through a turbulent Hollywood.

The Sunday show had already lost its host, Drew Barrymore, who bowed out in solidarity with the writers and the show’s red carpet was rolled up. The Writers Guild still promised to picket, meaning stars and emcees would have to walk past the demonstrating writers to enter the venue. Late Saturday evening, MTV canceled the live event entirely.

“We’re moving away from a live event that still allows us to produce a memorable night filled with exclusive sneak peeks, irreverent categories our audiences have come to expect, and countless moments that will surprise and delight,” said Bruce Gillmer, an Executive Producer at MTV, in a statement.

The best movie category includes ‘Avatar: The Way of Water’, ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’, ‘Elvis’, ‘Nope’, ‘Scream VI’, ‘Smile’ and ‘Top Gun: Maverick’.

The best nominated TV shows are: ‘Stranger Things’, ‘The Last of Us’, ‘The White Lotus’, ‘Wednesday’, ‘Wolf Pack’, ‘Yellowstone’ and ‘Yellowjackets’.

One thing is already clear: Jennifer Coolidge is a winner. Coolidge – who is up for two competitive awards – will also receive the Comedic Genius Award.

Coolidge rose to the A-list with winning turns in both seasons of ‘The White Lotus’ after years of comedic work in films like ‘Best in Show’, ‘Legally Blonde’ and ‘American Pie’. He becomes the sixth person to receive the award, which was last presented to Jack Black in 2022.

Coolidge is also up for two honors on Sunday: Scariest Performance for “Shotgun Wedding” and Best Comedic Performance for “The White Lotus.”

In individual categories, the nominees for Best Performance in a Motion Picture are: Austin Butler, “Elvis”; Florence Pugh, “Don’t Worry Honey”; KeKe Palmer, “No;” Michael B. Jordan, “Creed III”; and Tom Cruise, “Top Gun: Maverick.”

And Best Performance in a TV Show goes with Aubrey Plaza, “The White Lotus”; Christina Ricci, “Yellow Jackets”; Jenna Ortega, “Wednesday”; Riley Keough, “Daisy Jones & The Six”; Sadie Sink, “Stranger Things” and Selena Gomez, “Only Murders in the Building”.

Other categories for the Golden Popcorn Statue include Best Hero, Best Villain, Best Comedy Performance, Best Kiss, Breakthrough Performance, Best Fight, Scariest Performance, Best Duo, Best Movie Song , the best competition series and the best presenter. Two new categories this year are Best On-Screen Reality Team and Best Kick-Ass Cast.

The 2023 MTV Movie & TV Awards will air Sunday on MTV with simulcasts on BET, BET Her, Comedy Central, CMT, Logo, MTV2, Nickelodeon, Paramount Network, Pop, TV Land and VH1.

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