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MTV announced the nominations this week for the 25th anniversary of its Movie Awards via its new Snapchat Discover Channel, a first for a national awards show.
With all of its opened-mindedness, the announcement brought up the discussion that perhaps the Oscars, which brought much criticism for its second consecutive all-white ballot, could learn just a little something from the MTV Movie Awards.
Not to suggest that they could replace them, after all, the MTV Movie Awards has lauded films like Twilight, but with its nominees for ceremony that will be held on April 10, it does seem to correct the Oscars egregious white washing.
While the Oscars are great at recognizing movies that have certain admirable qualities, they have never been nearly as good at recognizing the value of the entertainment side of going to the movies.
The MTV Movie Awards have always been more about the fans than other ceremonies honoring film, and it showed in this year’s nods. The nominees included some of those who probably should have been recognized by the Oscars, like Michael B. Jordan for Creed and John Boyega of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Speaking of Star Wars, it may have been snubbed at the Academy Awards, but the blockbuster hit had a leading 11 nominations for the MTV Movie Awards. Breakout actress Daisy Ridley helped lead the way – she got nods for best female performance, best hero, and best fight. J.J. Abrams’ hit will face off against Avengers: Age of Ultron, Creed, Deadpool, Jurassic World and Straight Outta Compton.
The Force Awakens failed to win any of its five Oscar nominations in February, which were mostly for visual effects and editing, and failed to get a best picture nomination.
Executive Producer Casey Patterson said in a statement: “What has always been so cool about the MTV Movie Awards is that it’s about blockbuster movies that audiences line up to see; comedies, superheroes, science fiction, fantasy, action. This show is about fandom and the stars come out to celebrate that. The nominees and the content are naturally diverse and eclectic because we’re a true reflection of real moviegoing audience.”
In the world of the MTV Movie Awards, Spotlight, the latest Oscar winning Best Picture, does not exist at all, not even in their True Story category.
Recent hit Deadpool scored the second-most nominations with eight: movie of the year, best female performance (Morena Baccarin), best male performance (Ryan Reynolds), best comedic performance (Reynolds), best action performance (Reynolds), best villain (Ed Skrein), best kiss (Baccarin and Reynolds) and best fight, for Deadpool and Ajax’s battle.
MTV partnered with Google to allow fans to vote on the movie of the year winner by typing the keywords “MTV Vote” into the Google search bar. Fans can vote in other categories on MovieAwards.MTV.com. Voting will close on Sunday, March 20 at 11:59 p.m. ET.
MTV Movie Awards will air on Sunday, April 20 at 8pm EST.