‘Beauty’ of a night for MTV

Taraji P. Henson tries to take a bite out of the MTV award Hidden Figures received for Best Fight Against the System. AP PHOTO/INVISION

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Film hit “Beauty and the Beast” and Netflix newcomer “Stranger Things” were the night’s big winners, with two trophies apiece, as MTV partied with its Movie & TV Awards show on Sunday.

For this, the 26th edition of what was formerly known as the MTV Movie Awards, TV was added to the mix. “Stranger Things” was decreed the Show of the Year, and its cast member, Millie Bobby Brown, was named Best Actor in a Show.

“Beauty and the Beast” was the Movie of the Year, with its star, Emma Watson, the Best Actor in a Movie.

But the awards had another trick up its sleeve, introducing a policy of breaking down gender barriers, as men and women competed jointly in the acting categories.

The policy was put into practice at the top of the show by presenter Asia Kate Dillion, who proudly noted she has been able to break down gender barriers as “the first openly nonbinary actor to play an openly nonbinary actor on a major TV show,” Showtime’s drama series “Billions.” (A nonbinary person is someone who doesn’t identify with either gender.) Then she presented the award to Watson.

The show maintained its traditional irreverence with awards recognizing the Best Duo (Jackman and Dafne Keen of the film “Logan”), Best Villain (Jeffrey Dean Morgan, “The Walking Dead”), Best Tearjerker (hit TV drama “This Is Us”), and Best Kiss (Ashton Sanders and Jharrel Jerone of “Moonlight”).

A new award, Best Fight Against the System, went to the film “Hidden Figures,” which tells the story of a team of African-American women mathematicians who served a vital role at NASA during the space program’s early years.

The mission of the filmmakers, said one of its stars, Taraji P. Henson, was to dispel a certain deep-seated social myth “so another young girl wouldn’t grow up thinking that her mind wasn’t capable of grasping math and science.

From left, director Bill Condon and actors Josh Gad and Emma Watson accept MTV award for Movie of the Year. AP PHOTO/INVISION

The cast of the “Fast and Furious” franchise received the Generation Award, accepted by Vin Diesel, who thanked a generation of fans “willing to accept this multicultural franchise, where it didn’t matter what color your skin was…

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