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This is a picture of the "golden popcorn" awarded at the 2012 MTV Movie Awards.
This is a picture of the "golden popcorn" awarded at the 2012 MTV Movie Awards.

The MTV Movie & TV Awards (formerly known as the MTV Movie Awards)[1] is a film and television awards show presented annually on MTV. The nominees are decided by producers and executives at MTV. Winners are decided online by the general public. Presently, voting is done through MTV's official website through a Movie & TV Awards voting website.[2] The 2017 MTV Movie & TV Awards took place on May 7, 2017, and featured the first time men and women competing jointly in the acting categories.[1] Winners are presented with the "golden popcorn" statue, made by New York firm, Society Awards.[3]

Production process

For much of its history, the ceremony was recorded for later broadcast, unlike the MTV Video Music Awards, which are usually live, but not live-to-tape, where the ceremony occurred in chronological order with appropriate edits. This meant that the ceremony was recorded out of order with the host segments recorded all at the start, followed by the musical performances and then award presentations, where those artists and actors nominated could choose to stay only for their award category and then depart after, with a seat filler filling their seat before or afterwards. After 2006, when Survivor producer Mark Burnett (who took over duties from Joel Gallen for the 2007 awards) took over production duties[4] , it began to be broadcast live most years, though since 2017, it has been recorded to air on a one or two-day delay, but broadcast live-to-tape.

Since 2007, polls for several awards have been voted on through MTV's web and social media presences.

Award categories

The Lifetime Achievement Award was given to movie personalities, including fictional characters, who made an impact on popular culture. Prior to announcing the winner MTV would air testimonials from major Hollywood celebrities praising the winners greatness while only offering a slight tease as to who the winner was. Following Clint Howard's win and emotional reception speech, the award was discontinued.

The Silver Bucket of Excellence is an award that was given to a film that has made lasting impact on moviegoers and the MTV audience.[5] It was further defined in 2006 as honoring a "film of the past that resonates with even more meaning today."[6]

The MTV Generation Award is the successor to the MTV Lifetime Achievement Award, though it is more serious than its predecessor. The recipient of the award is celebrated for great achievement in movies. The distinction "is given to an artist who has shown us a variety of impressive roles, a personal and professional flair and of course, an awesome level of talent."[7]

The MTV Trailblazer Award recipient spearheads the way for others that work in the movie industry. The award is given to an actor that managed to inspire others with a diverse portfolio of work and a transcendent reputation in the public eye.


Film parodies

Since 1993, scenes are spoofed, mostly from that year's most popular films, although television shows and older movies have also been chosen. This may include sound and video montages, replacing some of the original cast with other actors (commonly, the hosts of each year's show) generally mocking the scenes of that film. The diversity of the spoofs can vary greatly, from one dialogue (such as in 2005) to several long scenes, including fighting and action sequences (2003).

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