2023 MTV Movie & TV Awards

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2023 MTV Movie & TV Awards
DateMay 7, 2023 (2023-05-07)
CountryUnited States
Hosted byNone[a]
Most awardsThe Last of Us (3)
Most nominationsStranger Things (7)
Television/radio coverage
NetworkMTV, with simulcast across other Paramount Media Networks channels.[2]
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The 2023 MTV Movie & TV Awards were the 31st edition of the MTV Movie & TV Awards, and the sixth to jointly honor film and television. It was originally scheduled to be held on May 7, 2023 at Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California, and be hosted by Drew Barrymore.

Due to the 2023 Writers Guild of America strike that began on May 2, 2023, Barrymore and most of the planned guests dropped out in solidarity. As a result, the traditional in-person awards ceremony did not take place, and was replaced by a broadcast-only presentation with no host.

The nominees were announced on April 5, 2023. The Last of Us won the most awards overall, with Stranger Things being the most-nominated overall, and Top Gun: Maverick being the second-most nominated overall, and most-nominated film.

Ceremony cancellation[edit]

Originally, MTV announced on March 15 that Drew Barrymore would host the 2023 MTV Movie & TV Awards,[3] which would have once again be held at the Barker Hangar.[4][5] However, on May 2, the Writers Guild of America (WGA) went on strike. On May 4, it was announced that Barrymore had withdrawn from hosting in support of the strike, and had agreed to return for the 2024 ceremony.[6]

On May 5, it was reported that the ceremony's format was being revised, after many of its booked guests and presenters also dropped out in solidarity.[7] After the WGA announced its intent to picket Barker Hangar, MTV announced that the in-person ceremony had been cancelled. Executive producer Bruce Gillmer stated that MTV would be "pivoting away from a live event that still enables us to produce a memorable night full of exclusive sneak peeks, irreverent categories our audience has come to expect and countless moments that will both surprise and delight as we honor the best of film and TV over the past year".[8][9]

The in-person awards presentation was replaced by a hostless virtual ceremony with pre-recorded acceptance speeches, which Variety compared to those employed during the COVID-19 pandemic due to restrictions on public gatherings (including, in particular, the Greatest of All Time special that replaced the cancelled 2020 edition).[10] Jennifer Coolidge and Joseph Quinn used their acceptance speeches to make statements in support of the striking writers.[10] The remainder of the telecast was filled by highlights from past editions of the ceremony, promos for other films and television series, and sketches featuring Barrymore that had been filmed prior to her withdrawal as host (including an opening sequence where she reprised her role of Josie Geller from Never Been Kissed, as well as spoofs of Barbie and Wednesday).[10] The telecast underran its two-hour time slot by seven minutes.[10]

Winners and nominees[edit]

Deadline Hollywood reported the full list of nominees on April 5, 2023.[11][12] Best Musical Moment nominees were announced on April 27, 2023.[13]

Film and scripted television[edit]

Best Movie Best Show
Best Performance in a Movie Best Performance in a Show
Best Comedic Performance Best Hero
Best Villain Best Kiss
Most Frightened Performance Best Fight
Best Breakthrough Performance Best Duo
Best Kick-Ass Cast Best Song
  • Stranger Things
Best Musical Moment

Unscripted television[edit]

Best Music Documentary Best Docu-Reality Show
Best Competition Series Best Host
Best Reality On-Screen Team

Comedic Genius Award[edit]

Multiple nominations[edit]


The following movies received multiple nominations:


The following television series received multiple nominations:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Original host Drew Barrymore and other presenters withdrew in solidarity for the 2023 Writers Guild of America strike[1]


  1. ^ "MTV Movie & TV Awards 2023: Jennifer Coolidge's Writers Strike Support Speech is a Highlight of Limp Clip Show". 8 May 2023.
  2. ^ "MTV Movie & TV Awards 2023 Nixes Live Show After Scrapping Red Carpet amid Writers' Strike". People. Retrieved 2023-05-08.
  3. ^ Piña, Christy (March 15, 2023). "Drew Barrymore to Host the 2023 MTV Movie and TV Awards". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved April 5, 2023.
  4. ^ Kreps, Daniel (March 15, 2023). "Drew Barrymore to Host 2023 MTV Movie & TV Awards". Rolling Stone. Retrieved April 5, 2023.
  5. ^ Park, Sabrina (March 15, 2023). "Everything to Know About the 2023 MTV Movie & TV Awards". Harper's Bazaar. Retrieved April 5, 2023.
  6. ^ Schneider, Michael (2023-05-04). "Drew Barrymore Pulls Out of Hosting MTV Movie & TV Awards in Support of Writers Strike, Plans 2024 Return (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved 2023-05-05.
  7. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (2023-05-05). "MTV Movie & TV Awards Pivots Towards Clips Amid Talent Pullout In Solidarity With Striking Writers". Deadline. Retrieved 2023-05-05.
  8. ^ Kilkenny, Katie (2023-05-05). "Writers Guild to Picket MTV Movie & TV Awards on Sunday". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2023-05-05.
  9. ^ Thomas, Carly (May 5, 2023). "2023 MTV Movie & TV Awards Will Not Be Held Live". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved May 5, 2023.
  10. ^ a b c d Earl, William (2023-05-08). "MTV Movie & TV Awards 2023: Jennifer Coolidge's Writers Strike Support Speech is a Highlight of Limp Clip Show". Variety. Retrieved 2023-05-08.
  11. ^ Petski, Denise (April 5, 2023). "MTV Movie & TV Awards: Top Gun: Maverick, Stranger Things, The Last Of Us Lead 2023 Nominations". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved April 5, 2023.
  12. ^ France, Lisa Respers (April 5, 2023). "2023 MTV Movie and TV Awards nominations announced". Cable News Network. Retrieved April 5, 2023.
  13. ^ Grein, Paul (April 27, 2023). "MTV Announces Nominees for Best Musical Moment, to Be Presented at 2023 MTV Movie & TV Awards (Full List)". Billboard. Retrieved May 1, 2023.
  14. ^ Gardner, Chris (April 20, 2023). "Jennifer Coolidge to Receive Comedic Genius Honor at MTV Movie & TV Awards". The Hollywood Reporter.

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