South Africa’s Trevor Noah bagged a Golden Popcorn trophy at this year’s MTV Movie & TV Awards. The awards were held on May 7, 2017, from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California, U.S
The Daily Show host bagged the Best Host award beating TV greats Ellen DeGeneres, John Oliver, RuPaul and Samantha Bee.
Upon receiving the award Trevor said “There is one person I aspire to be every single day and that is my mom: a powerful, strong black woman who never listened when people told her she couldn’t be more.” He then added “Thank you to Donald J. Trump for the comedy.”
Celebrating the award, Noah wrote on his Facebook page:
“About last night… Thank you so much to every person who made this possible. Without the fans I wouldn’t be on stage and I most certainly wouldn’t have a show. I used to watch Mtv awards as a kid this is a dream I never dared to dream.
Ps: find you someone who looks at you the way Snoop looked at me after I won”.
— Trevor Noah (@Trevornoah) May 8, 2017
It was the 26th edition of the awards and for the first time honors were presented for work in television as well as cinema. The awards ceremony was hosted by Adam Devine and broadcast on numerous channels. It was a daylong event that featured live performances by Bea Miller, All Time Low, and Zara Larsson; plus red carpet appearances by celebrities.
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Another award was a new award, Best Fight Against the System, which went to the film “Hidden Figures.” Taraji P. Henson, a star in the film felt it helped to dispel a wrong-headed cultural myth, “so another young girl wouldn’t grow up thinking that her mind wasn’t capable of grasping math and science.”
Breaking gender barriers
The award show made a serious statement with its new policy of breaking down gender barriers in a new format, where men and women competed jointly in the various acting categories.
The policy was put into practice by Asia Kate Dillion when she proudly noted she has been able to break down gender barriers as “the first openly non-binary actor to play an openly non-binary actor on a major TV show” (Showtime’s drama series “Billions”) A non-binary person is someone who doesn’t identify with either gender. Asia then presented the Best Actor in a Movie award to Emma Watson of “Beauty and the Beast.”
“I think I’m being given this award because of who Belle is and what she represents. The villagers in our fairytale wanted to make Belle believe the world was smaller than the way that she saw it, with fewer opportunities for her. I love playing someone who didn’t listen to any of that,” Watson said in her acceptance speech.