‘STRANGER THINGS’, ‘BEAUTY’

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LOS AN­GE­LES: Nos­tal­gic hor­ror sen­sa­tion Stranger Things and Dis­ney’s Beauty and the Beast shared the spoils on Sun­day at the MTV Movie and TV Awards, ex­panded and re­named this year to in­clude tele­vi­sion.

Netflix’s hit se­ries took best show and best ac­tor in a show for an emo­tional Mil­lie Bobby Brown, one of its young stars, while best ac­tor in a movie went to Emma Wat­son for Beauty, which also picked up best film.

“The vil­lage in our fairy­tale wanted to make Belle be­lieve that our world was smaller than the way that she saw it, with fewer opportunities for her, that her cu­rios­ity and pas­sion for knowl­edge and her de­sire for more in life were grounds for alien­ation,” said Wat­son.

“I loved play­ing some­one who didn’t lis­ten to any of that. I’m so proud to be a part of a film that cel­e­brates diver­sity, lit­er­acy, inclusion, joy and love the way that this one does.”

Daniel Kalu­uya and Mil­ton “Lil Rel” How­ery, the stars of sur­prise smash hit thriller, Get Out, got the prizes for “next gen­er­a­tion” and best comedic per­for­mance re­spec­tively.

Best vil­lain went to Jef­frey Dean Mor­gan for his turn as the blood­thirsty Ne­gan in The Walk­ing Dead, while best hero was awarded to Taraji P. Hen­son for Hid­den Fig­ures.

The MTV Movie and TV Awards, hosted by comic ac­tor Adam DeVine, had been tak­ing a side­ways look at Hol­ly­wood since 1992, hon­our­ing films and their ac­tors with “golden pop­corn” stat­uettes. The nom­i­nees were de­cided by pro­duc­ers and MTV ex­ec­u­tives, while the win­ners were cho­sen by the public, who vote on­line.

The an­nual cel­e­bra­tion of youth pop cul­ture ex­panded this year to in­clude tele­vi­sion, and MTV re­verted to broad­cast­ing the event live af­ter pre-record­ing last year’s show.

MTV was forced to cut short its red car­pet as down­town LA was hit with a hail storm that drenched celebri­ties and mem­bers of the press and public.

In an­other de­par­ture with con­ven­tion it dis­pensed with gender dis­tinc­tions in the cat­e­gories, and awarded best kiss to a same-sex em­brace.

Ash­ton San­ders and Jhar­rel Jerome por­trayed two African Amer­i­can teenagers ex­plor­ing their sex­u­al­ity in Moon­light, which won best pic­ture at the Os­cars.

Mean­while, Hid­den Fig­ures, which tells the pre­vi­ously lit­tle­known story of the vi­tal con­tri­bu­tion of African Amer­i­can women to the NASA space pro­gramme, won a new “Fi Against The Sys­tem” categ

Vin Diesel, Michelle Ro­dri u and Tyrese Gib­son ca stage to ac­cept a “gen­era award” for the Fast and u ri­ous fran­chise.

Diesel thanked the gen­er­a­tion of fans “will­ing to ac­cept this mul­ti­cul­tural fran­chise where it didn’t mat­ter what colour your skin was.”

Hugh Jack­man and debu­tante Dafne Keen, stars of Lo­gan, were recog­nised for best dou­ble act, while Trevor

Noah of The Daily Show got best host. AFP

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Dis­ney’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’ (above) and nos­tal­gic hor­ror sen­sa­tion ‘Stranger Things’ share the spoils at the MTV Movie and TV Awards in Los An­ge­les on Sun­day.

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