Follow Us on Twitter

MTV Movie Awards 2016: Star Wars: The Force Awakens takes top prize

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Story by Jack Foley

STAR Wars: The Force Awakens was named movie of the year at the 25th MTV Movie Awards on Saturday (April 9, 2016).

JJ Abrams revival of the Star Wars franchise had gone into the ceremony leading the nominations (with 11 in total) but only emerged with three prizes, including the coveted top prize.

The film’s stars, Daisy Ridley and Adam Driver, also won prizes for breakthrough performance and best villain respectively.

No single film dominated the awards, as MTV voters opted to liberally sprinkle their favouritism around.

Hence, Leonardo DiCaprio follows up his Oscar win for The Revenant with the best actor prize here, while Charlize Theron was voted best female performance for her role in Mad Max: Fury Road.

Further acting awards went to Ryan Reynolds, who took the best comedic performance for subversive superhero movie Deadpool, and Chris Pratt, who claimed best action performance for Jurassic World. The former star also claimed best fight for a sequence in the film with Ed Skrein.

Jennifer Lawrence was named best hero for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2, while Amy Poehler took best virtual performance for Disney-Pixar’s Inside Out.

Oscar-winning Amy Winehouse film Amy was voted best documentary and hip-hop drama Straight Outta Compton won best true story.

Will Smith was given the MTV Generation award, in recognition of his film career. The prize was presented by Oscar-winning actress Halle Berry, who hailed the star as “a champion for diversity in Hollywood”.

“[He] blazes a path for actors by showing that someone of any colour can play any role, and can open any movie and win any award and be the biggest freaking movie star in the whole world,” she said.

Accepting his award, Smith joked the honour was “code for the old dude award”, adding: “This is absolutely beautiful. I released my first record when I was 17. I’m 47-years-old now. This June marks 30 years in this business.”

The awards will be screened on MTV in the UK on Monday evening (April 11, 2016).

Winners at a glance

Movie of the Year
Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)
Avengers: Age of Ultron (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)
Creed (Warner Bros.)
Deadpool (20th Century Fox)
Jurassic World (Universal Pictures)
Straight Outta Compton (Universal Pictures)

True Story
Straight Outta Compton (Universal Pictures)
Concussion (Columbia Pictures)
Joy (20th Century Fox)
Steve Jobs (Universal Pictures)
The Big Short (Paramount Pictures)
The Revenant (20th Century Fox)

Documentary
Amy (A24)
Cartel Land (The Orchard)
He Named Me Malala (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
The Hunting Ground (RADiUS-TWC)
The Wolfpack (Magnolia Pictures)
What Happened, Miss Simone? (Netflix)

Best Female Performance
Charlize Theron – Mad Max: Fury Road (Warner Bros.)
Alicia Vikander – Ex Machina (A24)
Anna Kendrick – Pitch Perfect 2 (Universal Pictures)
Daisy Ridley – Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)
Jennifer Lawrence – Joy (20th Century Fox)
Morena Baccarin – Deadpool (20th Century Fox)

Best Male Performance
Leonardo DiCaprio – The Revenant (20th Century Fox)
Chris Pratt – Jurassic World (Universal Pictures)
Matt Damon – The Martian (20th Century Fox)
Michael B. Jordan – Creed (Warner Bros.)
Ryan Reynolds – Deadpool (20th Century Fox)
Will Smith – Concussion (Columbia Pictures)

Breakthrough Performance
Daisy Ridley – Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)
Amy Schumer – Trainwreck (Universal Pictures)
Brie Larson – Room (A24)
Dakota Johnson – Fifty Shades of Grey (Universal Pictures)
John Boyega – Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)
O’Shea Jackson Jr. – Straight Outta Compton (Universal Pictures)

Best Comedic Performance
Ryan Reynolds – Deadpool (20th Century Fox)
Amy Schumer – Trainwreck (Universal Pictures)
Kevin Hart – Ride Along 2 (Universal Pictures)
Melissa McCarthy – Spy (20th Century Fox)
Rebel Wilson – Pitch Perfect 2 (Universal Pictures)
Will Ferrell – Get Hard (Warner Bros.)

Best Action Performance
Chris Pratt – Jurassic World (Universal Pictures)
Dwayne Johnson – San Andreas (Warner Bros.)
Jennifer Lawrence – The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 (Lionsgate)
John Boyega – Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)
Ryan Reynolds – Deadpool (20th Century Fox)
Vin Diesel – Furious 7 (Universal Pictures)

Best Hero
Jennifer Lawrence – The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 (Lionsgate)
Charlize Theron – Mad Max: Fury Road (Warner Bros.)
Chris Evans – Avengers: Age of Ultron (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)
Daisy Ridley – Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)
Dwayne Johnson – San Andreas (Warner Bros.)
Paul Rudd – Ant-Man (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)

Best Villain
Adam Driver – Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)
Ed Skrein – Deadpool (20th Century Fox)
Hugh Keays-Byrne – Mad Max: Fury Road (Warner Bros.)
James Spader – Avengers: Age of Ultron (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)
Samuel L. Jackson – Kingsman: The Secret Service (20th Century Fox)
Tom Hardy – The Revenant (20th Century Fox)

Best Virtual Performance
Amy Poehler – Inside Out (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)
Andy Serkis – Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)
Jack Black – Kung Fu Panda 3 (20th Century Fox)
James Spader – Avengers: Age of Ultron (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)
Lupita Nyong’o – Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)
Seth MacFarlane – Ted 2 (Universal Pictures)

Ensemble Cast
Pitch Perfect 2 (Universal Pictures)
Avengers: Age of Ultron (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)
Furious 7 (Universal Pictures)
Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 (Lionsgate)
Trainwreck (Universal Pictures)

Best Kiss
Rebel Wilson & Adam DeVine – Pitch Perfect 2 (Universal Pictures)
Amy Schumer & Bill Hader – Trainwreck (Universal Pictures)
Dakota Johnson & Jamie Dornan – Fifty Shades of Grey (Universal Pictures)
Leslie Mann & Chris Hemsworth – Vacation (Warner Bros.)
Margot Robbie & Will Smith – Focus (Warner Bros.)
Morena Baccarin & Ryan Reynolds – Deadpool (20th Century Fox)

Best Fight
Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds) vs. Ajax (Ed Skrein) – Deadpool (20th Century Fox)
Hugh Glass (Leonardo DiCaprio) vs. The Bear – The Revenant (20th Century Fox)
Imperator Furiosa (Charlize Theron) vs. Max Rockatansky (Tom Hardy) – Mad Max: Fury Road (Warner Bros.)
Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) vs. Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) – Avengers: Age of Ultron (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)
Rey (Daisy Ridley) vs. Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) – Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)
Susan Cooper (Melissa McCarthy) vs. Lia (Nargis Fakhri) – Spy (20th Century Fox)