The 2023 MTV Movie & TV Awards was filled with an array of LGBTQ+ winners.
For this year’s festivities, the longrunning award show stepped away from its usual live ceremony and took on a two-hour clip based format instead.
The decision stemmed from the ongoing WGA strike and the show’s host Drew Barrymore postponing her appearance in solidarity with the picketing writers.
While the MTV Movie & TV Awards had a different look this year, it was full of LGBTQ+ moments and winners.
The all-winners season of RuPaul’s Drag Race: All Stars took home the coveted award for Best Competition Series.
While accepting their trophy, Jinkx Monsoon, Monét X Change, Trinity the Tuck, and Jaida Essence Hall slammed the growing number of anti-drag bills being introduced across the US.
“At this time, it’s so important to hear queer and trans stories from queer and trans people, to meet the artists behind the artistry and see the human beings there, so we can have empathy for one another and halt these blatantly bigoted anti-queer, anti-trans legislations,” Jinkx said.
Jaida echoed similar sentiments before highlighting the importance of the ACLU’s Drag Defense Fund.
“Ya’ll, in response to these threats against drag performers all across the world and especially [in the US],” Jaida said. “The Drag Defense Fund was created by World of Wonder, MTV and RuPaul’s Drag Race to help support the ACLU’s work to defend and ensure LGBTQ+ rights all across the land.”
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Scream 6 – which featured openly queer characters Mindy Meeks-Martin (Jasmin Savoy Brown) and Anika Kayoko (Devyn Nekoda) – nabbed two Golden Popcorn awards for Best Movie and Best Fight.
HBO’s critically acclaimed drama The Last of Us took home the award for Best Show, with Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey nabbing Best Hero and Best Duo, respectively.
While accepting their award for Best Duo, the two co-stars delivered heartwarming speeches about their close friendship.
“Bella, if you want your golden popcorn, you’re going to have to come and get it. That way I can see you again. I miss you. I love you. You are the duo for me, I am you, we are we,” Pedro exclaimed while holding their awards on his shoulders. “I wish Bella, and I were together, but we will be soon, so stay tuned.”
In another video message, Bella added: “Thank you for having us and for the fans who voted for us and who love the show and continue to support us and the show, it really means the world.
“Me and Pedro love each other deeply, I love him, and I couldn’t imagine doing this without him, so thank you for your love, and we love you back.”
Lastly, LGBTQ+ icon Jennifer Coolidge snagged the Most Frightened Performance and Comedic Genius awards for her role in HBO’s The White Lotus.”
You can watch all of the speeches from the 2023 MTV Movie & TV Awards here or below.