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Shailene Woodley and “The Fault in Our Stars” rule at the 2015 MTV Movie Awards

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Last night, the 2015 MTV Movie Awards were held, with Amy Schumer given the hosting duties (hopefully in preparation for one day hosting the Oscars) and a wide variety of films up for honors. Frankly, it was a better group of nominees than usual for MTV. That being said, the winners more or less were who you expected them to be. Luckily though, the most successful film of the night was The Fault in Our Stars, which happens to be a phenomenal movie, in addition to being pretty MTV friendly. That’s a win/win situation for this particular awards show, if you ask me.

I usually don’t pay too much attention to this awards show, but over the past few years, they’ve been doing a better job with their nominations. A lineup for Movie of the Year (their Best Picture slate) this time around was American Sniper, Boyhood, The Fault in Our Stars, Gone Girl, Guardians of the Galaxy, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, Selma, and Whiplash. Give or take a title or so here, that would represent the sort of diverse lineup that some have suggested the Academy needs to strive for with Best Picture at the Oscars. They’ll never tilt that far towards the blockbuster/mainstream, but for a lesser body like the MTV Movie Awards, it’s a pretty respectable lineup.

In terms of their winners, they mostly came up with strong choices. The Fault in Our Stars took Movie of the Year, while Bradley Cooper won Best Male Performance for American Sniper and Shailene Woodley took Best Female Performance for her role in The Fault in Our Stars. Woodley was also given the Trailerblazer Award and shared Best Kiss with her costar from The Fault in Our Stars Ansel Elgort. Robert Downey, Jr. was given the Generation Award and Meryl Streep was awarded Best Villain for her work in Into the Woods. Those were the “prestige” winners of note, while you can also applaud Channing Tatum winning Best Comedic Performance for 22 Jump Street. It’s hard to not be at the very least satisfied with those picks.

On the flip side, this is still the MTV Movie Awards, so there were plenty of wins that were iffy at best, or just catered to teenagers. They’re not worth getting into, as you’ll see them below in the full list of victors, but they don’t dominate the lineup like they might have in years past. I take that as a sign of a slowly changing times. This show will never challenge the Golden Globe Awards, but it could certainly seek to become more legitimate going forward. We’ll just have to see if that’s something that the powers that be over at MTV are interested in or not.

Okay, enough talk. Here’s the full list of winners…

Movie of the Year: “The Fault In Our Stars”

Best Female Performance: Shailene Woodley, “The Fault In Our Stars”

Best Male Performance: Bradley Cooper, “American Sniper”

Best Scared-as-S–t Performance: Jennifer Lopez, “The Boy Next Door”

Best Comedic Performance: Channing Tatum, “22 Jump Street”

Breakthrough Performance: Dylan O’Brien, “The Maze Runner”

Best On-Screen Transformation: Elizabeth Banks, “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1”

Best Duo: Zac Efron & Dave Franco, “Neighbors”

Best Kiss: Shailene Woodley & Ansel Elgort, “The Fault In Our Stars”

Best Shirtless Performance: Zac Efron, “Neighbors”

Best Musical Moment: Jennifer Lawrence, “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1”

Best WTF Moment: Seth Rogen & Rose Byrne, “Neighbors”

Best Fight: Dylan O’Brien vs. Will Poulter, “The Maze Runner”

Best Villain: Meryl Streep, “Into the Woods”

Best Hero: Dylan O’Brien, “The Maze Runner”

Trailblazer Award: Shailene Woodley

Generation Award: Robert Downey Jr.

Comedic Genius Award: Kevin Hart

Congrats to everyone who took home an award at this year’s show!

About Joey Magidson

A graduate of Stony Brook University (where he studied Cinema and Cultural Studies), resides in Brooklyn, New York. He contributes to several other film-related websites and is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association.

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