EW – Though its yearly crop of nominees tends to skew more commercial than the Oscars’ or Golden Globes’, MTV’s annual Hollywood awards show has proven, once again, its finger is pressed firmly on the pulse of pop culture, recognizing a wealth of diversity across both film and television categories among its 2017 class.
For the first time in its 25-year history, the MTV Movie & TV Awards — previously known simply as the MTV Movie Awards — has expanded the scope of its categories to include titles like Netflix’s Stranger Things, NBC’s This Is Us, FX’s Atlanta, and VH1’s RuPaul’s Drag Race — each of which scored major notices among the ceremony’s inaugural set of TV honorees.
While television performers have been integrated into pre-existing categories like Best Villain (where the likes of — spoiler alert — Get Out star Allison Williams goes head-to-head with Demogorgon from Stranger Things), Best Comedic Performance, and Best Kiss, among others, several new brackets make their debut this year, including Show of the Year (Atlanta and Insecure square off against This Is Us, Game of Thrones, Pretty Little Liars, and Stranger Things), Best Host (LGBT icons RuPaul and Ellen DeGeneres vs. Samantha Bee, Trevor Noah, and John Oliver), and an individual television acting set that includes Donald Glover (Atlanta), Gina Rodriguez (Jane the Virgin), Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones), Jeffrey Dean Morgan (The Walking Dead), Mandy Moore (This Is Us), and Millie Bobby Brown (Stranger Things).
Also new for 2017 is the Next Generation award, which will be given to a breakout media star. Nominees include actress Chrissy Metz (This Is Us), actor Daniel Kaluuya (Get Out), Insecure writer-actress-creator Issa Rae, The Night Of star Riz Ahmed, and Blackish performer Yara Shahidi.
EW – Aldis Hodge is heading to The Blacklist!
EW has learned exclusively that the Underground and Hidden Figures actor will guest-star on the NBC drama in an episode slated for May.
Hodge will play Mario Dixon, a high-end thief with uncommon tastes. He’s on the FBI’s Most Wanted list for stealing luxury items, but with his powerful physique and violent tendencies, he’s not afraid to get his hands dirty. Though he’s not technically a blacklister, Mario is definitely not a good guy.
The Blacklist returns Thursday, April 20 at 9 p.m. ET on NBC. The Blacklist: Redemption airs in that timeslot until then.
As you know the site has been on hiatus due to my eye surgeries. I’m back for now and hopefully for good! Thanks SO SO much to my friend Stephanie at IHeartJake for helping to keep up with the pics from Aldis’ MANY events in February and so far in March.Thanks to Far Far Away for the Underground Stills and Promo pics.
Sadly, I haven’t caught up with all his interviews and videos while he was promoting Hidden Figures and Underground but I hope to get them posted soon.