MTV Movie Awards recognizes standouts

By: Zenab Saeed ~Staff Writer~

Photo courtesy of | Along with the Comedic Genius Award, McCarthy has also won Best Comedic Performance and Best WTF Moment for “Bridesmaids.”

The 25th MTV Movie Awards show began with co-hosts Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart, who will both star in the upcoming film “Central Intelligence,” entering the Warner Brothers’ lot in “Mad Max: Fury Road” style. The awards, an annual event since 1992, aired this past Sunday and was prerecorded at Warner Brothers Studios in California the day before.

The golden popcorn statue for the MTV Generation Award, given each year to an actor who demonstrates versatility and achievement, was presented to Will Smith. Previous winners include Tom Cruise, Sandra Bullock, Reese Witherspoon and Johnny Depp.

Smith, who gained fame from his role in the popular 1990s television show, “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” has been nominated for multiple Academy Awards, Golden Globe Awards and Grammy Awards.

He mentioned during his speech that the award marks 30 years of achievement for him, as he released his first record in 1986. The comedy trio of Akiva Schaffer, Andy Samberg and Jorma Taccone, otherwise known as The Lonely Island, performed a tribute in Smith’s honor.

Comedian Melissa McCarthy, best known for her roles in the 2011 film “Bridesmaids” and the CBS television show “Mike & Molly,” received the Comedic Genius Award.

McCarthy became the third person and the first woman ever to receive the award. She will star in the upcoming “Ghostbusters” film alongside actresses Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones in July.

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” was nominated for a total of 11 awards and won Movie of the Year, Breakthrough Performance for actress Daisy Ridley and Best Villain for actor Adam Driver.

“Pitch Perfect 2” also received multiple awards in the Best Kiss and Ensemble Cast categories, and “Deadpool” received awards for Ryan Reynolds’ Best Comedic Performance and Best Fight Scene.

Other notable winners included Leonardo DiCaprio, who won the award in the Best Male Performance Category for his Academy Award-winning role in “The Revenant,” and Charlize Theron for her role in “Mad Max: Fury Road.” “Straight Outta Compton” won the award in the True Story category, and actress Jennifer Lawrence won for Best Hero.

American singer Halsey performed her song “Castle” and Ariana Grande performed a soulful rendition of “Dangerous Woman” from her upcoming studio album of the same name. Salt-N-Pepa reunited for the awards show and performed their 1993 song “Shoop.”