The Last of Us wins big at MTV Movie & TV Awards 2023: Complete list of winners

Despite the ongoing Writers Guild of America (WGA) strike, the 2023 MTV Movie & TV Awards still unfolded in a dignified fashion with a pre-recorded ceremony. Drew Barrymore was supposed to host the event, but dropped out in support of the writers’ strike and promised to return next year. The MTV Awards may not be the Oscars but they highlight the most disruptive entertainment content from the past year.

At the awards show, Scream VI won Best Movie while The Last of Us also had a successful evening, taking home three awards, including ones for its stars Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey. Additionally, Stranger Things received two awards. This year’s ceremony introduced two new categories: Best Reality Onscreen Team and Best Kick-Ass Cast. Now, let’s take a look at the full list of winners across all categories at the MTV Movie & TV Awards 2023.


Complete list of MTV Movie & TV Awards ’23 winners

  • Best Hero: Pedro Pascal (The Last of Us)
  • Best Performance in a Movie: Tom Cruise (Top Gun: Maverick)
  • Best Docu-Reality Series: The Kardashians
  • Breakthrough Performance: Joseph Quinn (Stranger Things)
  • Best Reality On-Screen Team: Katie Maloney, Ariana Madix, Scheana Shay, and LaLa Kent (Vanderpump Rules)
  • Best Comedic Performance: Adam Sandler (Murder Mystery 2)
  • Best Duo: Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey (The Last of Us)
  • Best Fight: Gale Weathers vs. Ghostface (Scream VI)
  • Most Frightened Performance: Jennifer Coolidge (The White Lotus)
  • Best Competition Series: RuPaul’s Drag Race: All-Stars
  • Best Kiss: Madison Bailey and Rudy Pankow (Outer Banks)
  • Best Music Documentary: Selena Gomez: My Mind & Me
  • Best Show: The Last of Us
  • Best Musical Moment: Purple Hearts, “Come Back Home”
  • Best Performance in a Show: Jenna Ortega (Wednesday)
  • Best Villain: Elizabeth Olsen (Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness)
  • Best Kick-Ass Cast: Stranger Things
  • Best Song: “Carolina” by Taylor Swift (Where the Crawdads Sing)
  • Best Host: Drew Barrymore (The Drew Barrymore Show)
  • Best Movie: Scream VI

The Writers’ Strike’s impact on MTV’s awards show

MTV initially planned to have a live audience for the event, but they recently announced a change of plans. The decision to switch to a pre-recorded show came after the Writers Guild of America expressed their intention to picket outside the scheduled venue, the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica. However, the WGA later canceled their demonstration.

Jennifer Coolidge expressed her support for the writers who are fighting for the rights of artists everywhere. Pedro Pascal, the cast of RuPaul’s Drag Race, and other winners also showed their support for the writers in various ways.

Notable incidents from the 2023 MTV Movie & TV Awards show

In the pre-taped opening segment, Drew Barrymore cleverly inserted her character from Never Been Kissed, Josie Geller, into recent films and TV series like The White Lotus and Cocaine Bear.  It even featured Josie finally getting a kiss from the bear! Drew Barrymore was also named the best host and accepted her award through a pre-recorded video.

Tom Cruise MTV Movie & TV awards 2023 winners list
Tom Cruise receives his MTV Award in a fighter jet (Image courtesy of People)

Tom Cruise won the award for best performance in a movie and accepted it from the cockpit of a fighter pilot jet in true Top Gun fashion. He pulled off the same gimmick at King Charles III’s Coronation Concert at Windsor Castle.

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