"Black Panther" dominates a night that shines a spotlight on the power of representation, shuts down bullying, celebrates real-life heroes and craps on Roseanne Barr.
The "MTV Movie & TV Awards" are always a lot of fun, but this year's ceremony felt a little more serious than usual. From tackling bullying to celebrating real heroes and showcasing the power of representation, it was a decidedly progressive presentation.
There were even a couple of not-so-subtle jabs at Roseanne Barr along the way.
The breakout star of "Girls Trip" presented a wide array of famous looks throughout the night from J.Lo's infamous green dress to Meghan Markle's wedding dress to a towel when she won an award while mid-change. She joked that the producers told her to "put those panties back on" and get out there.
The night was filled with moments of laughter, and moments of strong political statements from the casts of "Black Panther," "Stranger Things" and "Love, Simon." Even Chris Pratt, accepting the Generation Award, gave some powerful advice to the younger generation. But he also talked for a really long time about poop, so we may have to call that a wash.
Here are the moments that everyone will be talking about.
'BELIEVE IN MAGIC'
Keiynan Lonsdale accepted the award for Best Kiss, which he shared with Nick Robinson for their work in "Love, Simon," and gave a powerful speech about being who you are. It was a monumental moment If only it were that easy.
"Wow. First of all I know Nick really wishes he could be here because I know he would be really grateful for this moment," Lonsdale said. "I just want to say to every kid, if you can live your dreams and wear dresses, you can live your dreams and kiss the one that you love no matter what gender they are. You can live your dreams and believe in magic. You can live your dreams and you can be yourself."
'RISE ABOVE THE HATE'
Thanks to a pesky knee injury, Millie Bobby Brown wasn't on hand to accept her win for Best Performance in a Show in person, but she sent in a heartfelt video. After the requisite thanks, the teen actor took a few moments to address the climate of bullying that she recently found herself involved with.
And so, she concluded her acceptance speech saying, "Finally, since I know there are many young people watching this, and even the adults, too; they could probably use the reminder that I was taught; if you don’t have anything nice to say, just don’t say it. There should be no space in this world for bullying and I'm not going to tolerate it and neither should any of you. If you need a reminder of how worthy you are and to rise above the hate, message me on Instagram."
Brown recently deactivated her Twitter account after she somehow became a series of homophobic memes.
'IT'S ALL ABOUT FAMILY'
It wasn't all seriousness. Kristen Bell and Seth Rogen brought the laughs when they came out to present Best Comedic Performance. Bell played it cool, but finally Rogen had to ask what was up with all the art on her face. She explained that as they were getting older now, it was important to connect with today's youth, and they seem to be into face tattoos.
Bell pointed out she had a nice wine bottle and even avocado toast on her face. Rogen joked that his face was his moneymaker, to Bell's stone-faced expression, but revealed some ink of his own, including a shot of Vin Diesel on his lower back, taking tramp stamp to its logical and horrific conclusion.
And then, simply because it was there, Bell squeezed the little Vin Diesel's face so he could say, "It's all about family." It's like the actor was right there!
It was a very good night for "Black Panther," which took home four awards on the night, including one for Michael B. Jordan's villainous turn in the billion-dollar movie. But even he was surprised by his win.
"I am shocked that I won this award for Best Villain," he said. "I thought for sure Roseanne had that in the bag, you know? Crazy!"
If that burn wasn't hot enough for the former "domestic goddess," Olivia Munn fired another shot across her bow while introducting the award for Best Hero. She gave a shout-out to the real heroes in the world, including "that guy who fired Roseanne."
'ACKNOWLEDGE THE HEROES'
Chadwick Boseman kept the spotlight on real heroes, even as he won the award for Best Hero as T'Challa in "Black Panther." He shocked one of those heroes in the audience by calling him out directly.
"Receiving an award for playing a superhero is amazing. But it’s even greater to acknowledge the heroes that we have in real life," Boseman said. "So I just want to acknowledge somebody that’s here today. James Shaw Jr. where are you? Stand. You didn’t even know we were about to do this did you?"
As Shaw stood sheepishly by his chair, Boseman reminded everyone why that name sounds familiar. "If you don’ tknow James Shaw Jr, he fought off a gunman in Antioch, TN at a Waffle House and saved lives." He then invited Shaw to join him on the stage where he received a standing ovation.
Boseman gave him the award he had just won and told him, "This is gonna live at your house."
'PARIS IS BURNING'
Lena Waithe broke new ground when she became the first black woman to win an Emmy for comedy writing, and she was honored with the Trailblazer Award Monday night. "I was so elated when I heard that I was gonna get the trailblazer award that i decided to look up what the word actually means," she said.
The writer, activist and actress said she was honored to be considered a "pioneer and innovator," as the term is defined, adding, "The only reason why I’m even allowed to stand here is because of a few other trailblazers that you might not be aware of.
She then spoke passionately about the individuals -- some of whom have since passed -- featured in the groundbreaking 1990 documentary "Paris Is Burning," which chronicled drag competitions in New York City, but more importantly spoke about issues dealing with sexuality, race, class and humanity.
'DON'T BE A TURD'
While accepting the Generation Award, Chris Pratt decided to share some words of wisdom that alternated between poignant and meaningful to absurd and downright uncomfortable. How long can one man talk about party pooping ... the literal kind?
"This is what I call the 9 rules from Chris Pratt, Generation Award winner," he explained, setting up what was to come. (If you're queasy, you might want to skip number seven altogether)
- Breathe. If you don’t, you’ll suffocate.
- You have a soul. Be careful with it.
- Don’t be a turd. If you’re strong, be a protector and if you’re smart be a humble influencer. Strength and intelligence can be weapons and do not wield them against the weak. That makes you a bully. Be bigger than that.
- When giving a dog medicine, put the medicine in a little piece of hamburger. They won’t even know they’re eating medicine.
- Doesn’t matter what it is, earn it: a good deed, reach out to someone in pain. Be of service. It feels good and it's good for your soul.
- God is real, God loves you, God wants the best for you. Believe that. I do.
- If you have to poop at a party, but you’re embarrased because you’re gonna stink up the bathroom, just do what I do. Lock the door. Sit down, get all the pee out first. And then, once all the pee’s done, poop-flush-boom. You minimize the amount of time the poop is touching the air. Because if you poop first, it takes you longer to pee and then you’re peeing on top of it, stirring it up. The poop particles create a cloud that goes out and then everyone in the party will know that you pooped. Just trust me, it’s science.
- Learn to pray. It’s easy and it's so good for your soul.
- Nobody is perfect. People are going to tell you you’re perfect just the way you are, you’re not. You are imperfect. You always will be. But there is a powerful force that designed you that way and if you are willing to accept that you will have grace and grace is a gift. And like the freedom that we enjoy in this country, that grace was paid for with somebody else’s blood, do not forget it. Don’t take it for granted.
'STARRING TIFFANY HADDISH'
Aside from her quick-change act throughout the show, Haddish also presented some pretty dynamite pre-taped interludes. She found herself alongside her "Girls Trip" co-stars in "Black Panther," caught between Kylo Ren and Rey in "Star Wars" and got inspired to make her own unique twist on "A Quiet Place."
Capping off a stellar night of success, "Black Panther" beat out some tough competition to be awarded Best Movie. Boseman and Jordan both accepted, alongside co-star Winston Duke.
Of the win, Jordan said, "It’s incredible when the stereotype is that people of color couldn’t bring y’all out to the theater and be able to make these types of films. The fact that we’re able to do this on this scale with this movie, this project, means the world to us.”
Duke then closed out the night by saying, "Thank you all for investing in not just a beautiful story but investing in a continued conversation for what this industry and this culture could achieve. And what we all can aspire to be."