MTV Movie & TV Awards Go Pre-Taped Amidst Writers’ Strike Turmoil

The MTV Movie & TV Awards are going pre-taped due to the ongoing writers' strike, resulting in a change of plans for the live event. Jennifer Coolidge is set to receive the Comedic Genius Award.

As Hollywood continues to navigate the current writers’ strike, the MTV Movie & TV Awards have announced a shift in plans. The Sunday live event has now become a pre-taped show, with the red carpet rolled up and host Drew Barrymore stepping down in solidarity with the striking writers. Even with the change in format, the Writers Guild is still expected to picket, creating an interesting challenge for stars and presenters.

Nominees for the best movie category include “Avatar: The Way of Water,” “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,” “Elvis,” “Nope,” “Scream VI,” “Smile,” and “Top Gun: Maverick.” On the TV side, nominees for best shows are “Stranger Things,” “The Last of Us,” “The White Lotus,” “Wednesday,” “Wolf Pack,” “Yellowstone,” and “Yellowjackets.”

One clear winner of the night is Jennifer Coolidge, who is set to receive the Comedic Genius Award. Coolidge is up for two competitive awards as well, including most frightened performance for “Shotgun Wedding” and best comedic performance for “The White Lotus.”

In individual categories, the best performance in a movie nominees include Austin Butler, Florence Pugh, KeKe Palmer, Michael B. Jordan, and Tom Cruise. For best performance in a TV show, nominees are Aubrey Plaza, Christina Ricci, Jenna Ortega, Riley Keough, Sadie Sink, and Selena Gomez.

Other categories include best hero, best villain, best comedic performance, best kiss, breakthrough performance, best fight, most frightened performance, best duo, best movie song, best competition series, best host, best reality on-screen team, and best kick-ass cast.

The 2023 MTV Movie & TV Awards will air on Sunday across multiple networks including MTV, BET, Comedy Central, CMT, and more. While the writers’ strike continues to cause disruptions, the show must go on.