ABOVE: Nick Robinson and Keiynan Lonsdale in ‘Love, Simon.’ Screenshot via YouTube.
The 2018 MTV Movie & TV Awards was filled with LGBTQ representation including a Best Kiss win for “Love, Simon” and a Trailblazer Award honor given to Lena Waithe at the ceremony which aired on Monday night.
The cast of “13 Reasons Why” announced the winner for Best Kiss was Nick Robinson and Keiynan Lonsdale’s kiss at the end of the gay teen romance. This is the second year in a row that a same-sex kiss won the award. In 2017, Ashton Sanders and Jharrel Jermone’s kiss in “Moonlight” received the honor.
Lonsdale, 26, accepted the award as Robinson was unable to make the show.
“I just want to say to every kid, you can live your dreams and wear dresses,” Lonsdale told the crowd. “You can live your dreams and kiss the one that you love, no matter what gender they are. You can live your dreams and you can believe in magic. You can live your dreams and you can be yourself.”
Lonsdale came out as bisexual while filming the movie in 2017.
Lena Waithe was honored with the Trailblazer Award for her achievements in television. In 2017, Waithe became the first woman of color to win the Emmy for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series for writing the “Master of None” episode “Thanksgiving.” The episode tackled her character Denise’s coming out to her family over a series of Thanksgivings. She is also the creator and executive producer of the Showtime drama “The Chi,” which follows the lives of people in the South Side of Chicago.
In her acceptance speech, the 34-year-old credited Jennie Livingston’s 1990 documentary “Paris Is Burning,” which chronicled the ’80s ball culture in New York City, for paving the way in culture.
“Every time someone says shade or talks about reading or just decides to serve face for no reason at all, please look up to the sky and give thanks because we owe them a huge debt of gratitude,” Waithe says. “They strutted through a brick wall so we wouldn’t have to.”
Other highlights of the night included Chris Pratt receiving the Generation Award and Tiffany Haddish hosting the ceremony with gags like wearing Meghan Markle’s wedding dress and sporting a pregnant belly as a nod to Cardi B’s “Saturday Night Live” performance.
Lady Gaga also made an appearance to accept the award for Best Music Documentary for her documentary “Five Foot Two” and to present the award for Best Movie.
“I love you little monsters so much! And, Happy Pride Month,” Lady Gaga says. “I just have one problem, I recently found out that I am actually five-foot-three and three quarters … I am so, so sorry, but thank you so much.”
She announced the Best Movie winner with flair yelling “Black mother f—– Panther.’”
See the full list of winners below.
BEST MOVIE – “Black Panther”
BEST SHOW – “Stranger Things”
BEST PERFORMANCE IN A MOVIE – Chadwick Boseman in “Black Panther”
BEST PERFORMANCE IN A SHOW – Millie Bobby Brown in “Stranger Things”
BEST HERO – Chadwick Boseman (T’Challa/Black Panther) in “Black Panther”
BEST VILLAIN – Michael B. Jordan (N’Jadaka/Erik Killmonger) in “Black Panther”
BEST KISS – Love, Simon – Nick Robinson (Simon) and Keiynan Lonsdale (Bram)
MOST FRIGHTENED PERFORMANCE – Noah Schnapp (Will Byers) – “Stranger Things”
BEST ON-SCREEN TEAM – “It” – Finn Wolfhard (Richie), Sophia Lillis (Beverly), Jaeden Lieberher (Bill), Jack Dylan Grazer (Eddie), Wyatt Oleff (Stanley), Jeremy Ray Taylor (Ben), Chosen Jacobs (Mike)
BEST COMEDIC PERFORMANCE – Tiffany Haddish – “Girls Trip”
SCENE STEALER – Madelaine Petsch (Cheryl Blossom) – “Riverdale”
BEST FIGHT – “Wonder Woman” – Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman) vs. German Soldiers
BEST MUSIC DOCUMENTARY – “Gaga: Five Foot Two”
BEST REALITY SERIES/FRANCHISE – “Keeping Up with the Kardashians”
BEST MUSICAL MOMENT – “Stranger Things” (Mike and Eleven dance to “Every Breath You Take”)