EW – Though its yearly crop of nominees tends to skew more commercial than the Oscars’ or Golden Globes’, MTV’s annual Hollywood awards show has proven, once again, its finger is pressed firmly on the pulse of pop culture, recognizing a wealth of diversity across both film and television categories among its 2017 class.
For the first time in its 25-year history, the MTV Movie & TV Awards — previously known simply as the MTV Movie Awards — has expanded the scope of its categories to include titles like Netflix’s Stranger Things, NBC’s This Is Us, FX’s Atlanta, and VH1’s RuPaul’s Drag Race — each of which scored major notices among the ceremony’s inaugural set of TV honorees.
While television performers have been integrated into pre-existing categories like Best Villain (where the likes of — spoiler alert — Get Out star Allison Williams goes head-to-head with Demogorgon from Stranger Things), Best Comedic Performance, and Best Kiss, among others, several new brackets make their debut this year, including Show of the Year (Atlanta and Insecure square off against This Is Us, Game of Thrones, Pretty Little Liars, and Stranger Things), Best Host (LGBT icons RuPaul and Ellen DeGeneres vs. Samantha Bee, Trevor Noah, and John Oliver), and an individual television acting set that includes Donald Glover (Atlanta), Gina Rodriguez (Jane the Virgin), Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones), Jeffrey Dean Morgan (The Walking Dead), Mandy Moore (This Is Us), and Millie Bobby Brown (Stranger Things).
Also new for 2017 is the Next Generation award, which will be given to a breakout media star. Nominees include actress Chrissy Metz (This Is Us), actor Daniel Kaluuya (Get Out), Insecure writer-actress-creator Issa Rae, The Night Of star Riz Ahmed, and Blackish performer Yara Shahidi.
As you know the site has been on hiatus due to my eye surgeries. I’m back for now and hopefully for good! Thanks SO SO much to my friend Stephanie at IHeartJake for helping to keep up with the pics from Aldis’ MANY events in February and so far in March.Thanks to Far Far Away for the Underground Stills and Promo pics.
Sadly, I haven’t caught up with all his interviews and videos while he was promoting Hidden Figures and Underground but I hope to get them posted soon.
HUFFINGTON POST – The “Underground” star says the civil rights and feminist movements played an integral part in his role.
Aldis Hodge was determined to present an honest portrayal of the 1960s in “Hidden Figures.”
During a visit to AOL’s Build series on Thursday, the actor discussed his role as Levi Jackson, the husband of pioneering mathematician and former NASA aerospace engineer Mary Jackson (played by Janelle Monáe).
The film highlights the untold true story of three African-American women mathematicians who provided NASA with integral data during astronaut John Glenn’s historical orbit in 1962. Taraji P. Henson and Octavia Spencer star alongside Monáe as Katherine Johnson and Dorothy Vaughn, respectively.
Hodge’s character, a civil rights activist, juggles between his apprehension of supporting Mary’s efforts to pursue a career as a black engineer in addition to criticizing her work-life balance for her absence in their family’s household.
During the interview, Hodge explained how he drew upon Margot Lee Shetterly’s book of the same title to prepare for the role.
“I tried to play up the honesty of his legacy just off the fact that he was a very kind natured soul, as a family man,” he said. “He supported his wife – supported her in a very avant-garde way given the time frame. This is the 60s, so I loved what he represented and what they represented. So I was just trying to give some truth to that and made sure I did him some justice.”
UINTERVIEW – The cast of Hidden Figures walked away with the Ensemble Performance Award last night at the 28th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala.
Kimberly Quinn, Kirsten Dunst, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monáe star in the upcoming film Hidden Figures, about the black women working behind the scenes to help NASA put a man in space in the 60s. The actresses and their many costars, were awarded for their performance at the Palm Springs International Film Festival on Monday night, where they took home a top prize for their work together.
“History has its share of incredible untold stories, and this is one of the most compelling, the tale of three African-American women – engineers, physicists, mathematicians – who in their work for NASA in the early 1960s were integral in calculating the flight trajectories for Project Mercury and Apollo 11,” said Festival Chairman Harold Maztner. “Fueled by the performances of Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monáe, the ensemble cast also features outstanding performances from Kevin Costner, Kirsten Dunst, Jim Parsons, Mahershala Ali, Glen Powell and many others. The Palm Springs International Film Festival is proud to present the entire cast of Hidden Figures with the 2017 Ensemble Performance Award.”
Past Ensemble Award winners include the casts of Argo, American Hustle, Babel, The Big Short, The Imitation Game and The Social Network.
Thu, January 5, 2017
4:00 PM – 4:30 PM EST
BUILD Series Studio
New York, NY 10003
Join Aldis Hodge when he swings by to talk about “Hidden Figures.” Out in theaters everywhere on January 6, the film tells the untold story of three women at NASA, who served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit.
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