The 2021 MTV Movie and TV Awards are almost here

Eldrick Greenaway, Contributing Writer

After a year-long hiatus because of the COVID-19 pandemic, movies and television strike back with the 2021 MTV Movie and TV Awards happening on May 16.

Jumping straight into it, the nominees for “Best Movie” goes to the following: “Borat Subsequent Movie Film: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan” directed by Jason Woliner, “Judas and the Black Messiah” directed by Shaka King, “Promising Young Woman” directed by Emerald Fennell, “Soul” directed by Pete Doctor and Kemp Powers, and “To All the Boys: Always and Forever” directed by Michael Fimognari.

All of these movies are outstanding; however, one can’t drop a list of the best movies for the 2021 MTV Movie and TV Awards without mentioning the best performances. The first nomination for “Best Performance in a Movie” goes to actress Carey Mulligan for her performance in the thriller, “Promising Young Woman.” Mulligan has the ability to make her characters angry while looking sweet, balancing her seriousness with her radiance.

The next nomination in that category goes to the unforgettable and inspirational late Chadwick Boseman for his performance in “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.” Boseman will always be a source of motivation for everyone on and off the big screen; for him to be receiving this award posthumously is nothing but outstanding.

Known for movies such as “Get Out” and “Queen and Slim,” the next nomination goes to Daniel Kaluuya for his performance in “Judas and the Black Messiah.” From supporting actor to best performance, Kaluuya cannot be stopped; a nomination much deserved for this talented actor.

Next up is the one-and-only Sacha Baron Cohen for his performance in “The Trial of the Chicago 7.” Cohen is one of those actors that can switch from a comedic film to a dramatic film at the drop of a hat and “The Trial of the Chicago 7” proves that with this nomination.

Finally, there is the hardworking, stunning and unbreakable actor, Zendaya, for her performance in “Malcolm & Marie.” Despite the film being a more dramatic “Marriage Story,” Zendaya pulls her character off perfectly. She is a talented actor and it wouldn’t be shocking if she receives this award.

There are other nominations on the list, such as ”Best Fight Scene,” namely, the final funhouse fight from “Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)” or the final fight against Steppenwolf scene from “Zack Snyder’s Justice League.” Other categories include “Best Villain” with a nomination for Ewan McGregor’s Black Mask in “Birds of Prey” and best breakthrough performances, such as Maria Bakalova in “Borat Subsequent Movie Film.”

MTV opened up fan voting in 25 gender-neutral categories at vote.mtv.com through April 30 and additional details about the 2021 “MTV Movie & TV Awards” and “Movie & TV Awards: Unscripted,” including hosts, presenters and more will be announced in the coming weeks.

The 2021 “MTV Movie & TV Awards” will air live on Sunday, May 16 from the Palladium in Los Angeles at 9 p.m. ET; the inaugural “Movie & TV Awards: Unscripted” will air the following night, May 17 at 9 p.m. ET.