Published: Wed, May 10, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Emma Watson Receives An MTV First

Emma Watson won MTV's best actor in a movie award for her role as Belle in "Beauty and the Beast".

Despite dark skies, rain and dime-size hailstones in Los Angeles, turning the red carpet outside Shrine Auditorium into a swamp, the MTV celebration marked the start of the summer entertainment season.

Host Adam Devine kicked off the show with a nod to the live-action remake of "Beauty and the Beast". The Queen can't be called the Queen anymore and we can't call her "her majesty" so she'll have to be 'the majesty.' Eventually I'll have to smash my head repeatedly into a brick wall. Anyone could be nominated under the new "Best Actor" categories for television and film. Emma said, "This is very meaningful to me, both to be winning this award and to be given it to me by you, Asia". She has such grace and humility that I can't imagine many adults giving a better speech than the one she gave.

"It's exhausting to be told what beauty should look like", she explained in an Instagram post."I am exhausted of society defining beauty for us". The 27-year-old competed against the likes of Logan star Hugh Jackman and Taraji P. Henson of Hidden Figures for the golden popcorn statue. Dillon says auditioning the character in her show, "Billions", led to her own "self-discovery".

Congratulations to Emma! We're so proud of the work you continue to do and you deserve this win!

On the other hand, The Daily Show's Trevor Noah won the Best Host award. "I love playing someone who didn't listen to any of that", Watson said onstage as she accepted the award.

He also expressed gratitude to U.S. president Donald Trump "for the comedy". There was a big change to this year's format with the categories removing the actor and actress designations and lumping woman and men in one category.

Presenting Movie of the Year, Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn comically bobbled it (a la the Oscars), announcing "La La Light", then "Moonland".

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