This Is Us star Mandy Moore is happy about MTV’s revamped Movie & TV Awards — and she’s not just saying that because she was nominated in the Best Actor in a TV Show category. In an interview with MTV News, Moore said she is thrilled that the network is introducing the gender-neutral acting categories Best Actor in a Movie and Best Actor in a Show. The This Is Us star said the new categories allow for a chance to “let the work stand for itself.”
“MTV is breaking the mold and allowing all of us actors to be considered actors and not adhering to gender norms,” Mandy told MTV. “I’m just so thrilled to be in such incredible company with other actors whose work I admire. Atlanta, Donald Glover, who I’m obsessed with — just to be nominated alongside people with that ilk is above and beyond.”
This Is Us was nominated in a tough category for Show of the Year in the fan-voted awards show (it lost to the Netflix hit Stranger Things), but the show won of the best awards of the night. Moore’s TV husband, Milo Ventimiglia, won the award for Tearjerker Moment for the touching karate scene with co-star Lonnie Chavis. The winning scene from the This Is Us episode “The Trip” featured Ventimiglia’s character, Jack Pearson, doing pushups with his 9-year-old son Randall (Chavis) on his back to prove to him that he would stick with him through anything.
— Access Hollywood (@accesshollywood) May 8, 2017
This Is Us star Chrissy Metz was nominated in the Next Generation category, but she lost to Daniel Kaluuya.
Metz and Ventimiglia also took the stage to announce the winner in the Best Duo category. Metz wore a red, custom Jane Doe latex dress.
— Jane Doe Latex (@JaneDoeLatex) May 8, 2017
Moore’s category was especially diverse. In addition to Glover, the This Is Us star was up against Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones), Gina Rodriguez (Jane the Virgin), Jeffrey Dean Morgan (The Walking Dead), and Millie Bobby Brown (Stranger Things). Moore ultimately lost out to Brown, but the star hopes that MTV’s groundbreaking gender-neutral categories will pave the way for other awards shows to follow suit.
“I hope people look to the MTV Movie & TV Awards and see that it’s possible,” the This Is Us star said. “We don’t have to focus on just men and women, we can combine us all into one. Let our work speak for itself and stand for itself.”
Moore previously tweeted about her excitement to be nominated for the revamped show’s inaugural ceremony.
“Whaaaaat?!?” the This Is Us star wrote after her nomination was announced. “WOW! Thanks for the nomination and recognition of This Is Us.”
— Mandy Moore (@TheMandyMoore) April 6, 2017
Fifteen years ago, Mandy won an MTV Movie Award for her starring role in A Walk to Remember in 2002. After her latest nomination was announced, the This Is Us matriarch posted a throwback snap to Instagram and captioned it with the following.
“In 2002 I was honored with this golden popcorn trophy for #awalktoremember and now 15 years later, in a completely different chapter of my life, @mtv has recognized all of our work on #thisisus.”
In 2002 I was honored with this golden popcorn trophy for #awalktoremember and now 15 years later, in a completely different chapter of my life, @mtv has recognized all of our work on #thisisus (and @miloanthonyventimiglia and @lonniechavis for that tear-jerking scene in the Dojo, plus @chrissymetz as the undeniable force that she is)…. Thanks for the kudos, #MTVawards. Can't wait to celebrate on May 7th ????????????????.
This Is Us was just one of the shows featured in the broad spectrum of TV and movies nominated this year. Other unconventional categories included Best Kiss, Best American Story, and Trending.
MTV President Chris McCarthy said we’re living in “a golden age of content” and that “great storytelling and characters resonate regardless of whether you’re watching it in a theater or on TV.”
The This is Us stars appeared live at this year’s MTV Movie & TV Awards, which was broadcast live from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.
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