Heroes are commonplace now in movies, but not so often in real life. Saturday, at the MTV Movie and TV Awards, Chadwick Boseman of Black Panther won best hero during the ceremony. However, the movie star quickly handed over his trophy to James Shaw Jr. Back in April, this true superhero wrestled an assault-style rifle away from a gunman at a Tennessee Waffle House.
Boseman told Shaw that the golden popcorn statue was to live at his house as the star handed it over to the real hero.
While Boseman said it was an honor to have the recognition for playing his Marvel superhero character, he said it was more important to acknowledge the everyday heroes in the real world.
Boseman who played T’Challa in Black Panter won the award for best performance in a movie as well. Michael B. Jordan, who played Erik Killmonger in the same film won best villain.
The awards ceremony gave up four honors total to Black Panther and its actors. The film is the ninth highest-grossing movie ever.
Other Movies and Shows Recognized at MTV Movie and TV Awards
The top television honoree was Stranger Things. The show won four awards which included best show, an honor the series had earned previously.
Stranger Things is known to bring fresh talent to the forefront as well as acknowledge already established celebrities in quirkier categories such as best kiss and most frightened performance. Host Tiffany Haddish wore a multitude of costumes through the ceremony. These outfits included nods to classic film and TV roles like Holly Golightly from Breakfast at Tiffany’s as well as Starlet from The Carol Burnett Show.
Haddish began the MTV Movie and TV Awards Show with a Black Panther skit, hinting at the film’s success for the night. During the opening, she mentioned it was the first African-American film to earn over $1 billion at the box office. Through the night, she also parodied other movies like Starwars: The Last Jedi, as well as A Quiet Place.
Black Panther broke barriers earlier this past year as the first Marvel film with a black lead. Its overwhelming popularity outshone its competitors of Wonder Woman and Avengers: Infinity War.
Haddish, the winner of an award for her breakthrough role in Girls Trip, noted her historic role in being the first black woman to host the award show since it began 27 years ago.
Love Simon, the gay teen comedy won best kiss for the scene between Nick Robinson and Keiynan Lonsdale.
Even with Robinson unable to attend, Lonsdale spoke to the LGBTQ youth. In his speech, he encouraged the queer community, saying they could live their dreams and kiss the one they love, no matter their gender.
Another winner during the ceremony was Madelaine Petsch who played Cheryl Blossom in Riverdale for scene-stealer. Gal Gadot was another winner for best fight in Wonder Woman. The young cast of It won best-on-screen team.