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MTV heralds summer viewing season with its Movie & TV Awards

Associated Press logo Associated Press 5/8/2017 By SANDY COHEN and FRAZIER MOORE, AP Entertainment Writers
Jharrel Jerome, left, and Ashton Sanders, winners of the award for best kiss for "Moonlight", pose in the press room at the MTV Movie and TV Awards at the Shrine Auditorium on Sunday, May 7, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Jharrel Jerome, left, and Ashton Sanders, winners of the award for best kiss for "Moonlight", pose in the press room at the MTV Movie and TV Awards at the Shrine Auditorium on Sunday, May 7, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — MTV described Sunday night's Movie & TV Awards as the year's biggest party, but it also made a serious statement with its new policy of breaking down gender barriers in its new format, as men and women competed jointly in the acting categories.

CORRECTS PHOTOGRAPHER FROM CHRIS PIZZELLO TO RICHARD SHOTWELL -Emma Watson poses in the press room with the award for best actor in a movie for "Beauty and the Beast" at the MTV Movie and TV Awards at the Shrine Auditorium on Sunday, May 7, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press CORRECTS PHOTOGRAPHER FROM CHRIS PIZZELLO TO RICHARD SHOTWELL -Emma Watson poses in the press room with the award for best actor in a movie for "Beauty and the Beast" at the MTV Movie and TV Awards at the Shrine Auditorium on Sunday, May 7, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

The policy was put into practice by Asia Kate Dillion when she proudly noted she's "the first openly non-binary actor to play an openly non-binary actor on a major TV show" (Showtime's drama series "Billions") then presented the Best Actor in a Movie award to Emma Watson of "Beauty and the Beast."

J Balvin, from left, Camila Cabello, and Pitbull perform "Hey Ma" at the MTV Movie and TV Awards at the Shrine Auditorium on Sunday, May 7, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press J Balvin, from left, Camila Cabello, and Pitbull perform "Hey Ma" at the MTV Movie and TV Awards at the Shrine Auditorium on Sunday, May 7, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

"Acting is about the ability to put yourself in someone else's shoes, and that doesn't need to be separated into two different categories," Watson said in receiving her award.

Noah Cyrus performs "Stay Together" at the MTV Movie and TV Awards at the Shrine Auditorium on Sunday, May 7, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Noah Cyrus performs "Stay Together" at the MTV Movie and TV Awards at the Shrine Auditorium on Sunday, May 7, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

There was another big difference in the 26th edition of what was formerly known as the MTV Movie Awards: TV shows were newly eligible for Golden Popcorn trophies.

Hugh Jackman, left, and Dafne Keen pose with their awards for best duo for "Logan" in the press room at the MTV Movie and TV Awards at the Shrine Auditorium on Sunday, May 7, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Hugh Jackman, left, and Dafne Keen pose with their awards for best duo for "Logan" in the press room at the MTV Movie and TV Awards at the Shrine Auditorium on Sunday, May 7, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

The second award of the night — Best Actor in a Show — went to Millie Bobby Brown of Netflix's "Stranger Things."

J Balvin, from left, Camila Cabello, and Pitbull perform "Hey Ma" at the MTV Movie and TV Awards at the Shrine Auditorium on Sunday, May 7, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press J Balvin, from left, Camila Cabello, and Pitbull perform "Hey Ma" at the MTV Movie and TV Awards at the Shrine Auditorium on Sunday, May 7, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Despite glowering skies and dime-size hailstones, MTV was heralding the start of the summer viewing season with its shindig. The red carpet outside Los Angeles' Shrine Auditorium was a swamp as luminaries made their water-logged arrival for the shindig.

J Balvin, from left, Camila Cabello, and Pitbull perform "Hey Ma" at the MTV Movie and TV Awards at the Shrine Auditorium on Sunday, May 7, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press J Balvin, from left, Camila Cabello, and Pitbull perform "Hey Ma" at the MTV Movie and TV Awards at the Shrine Auditorium on Sunday, May 7, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Inside, it was dry (except for flowing cocktails in the audience) as Adam Devine hosted the proceedings. In the press room, dry socks and T-shirts were distributed to sodden members of the media.

Hugh Jackman, left, and Dafne Keen pose with their awards for best duo for "Logan" in the press room at the MTV Movie and TV Awards at the Shrine Auditorium on Sunday, May 7, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Hugh Jackman, left, and Dafne Keen pose with their awards for best duo for "Logan" in the press room at the MTV Movie and TV Awards at the Shrine Auditorium on Sunday, May 7, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

Several new categories were added this year: Best American Story, for the program or film that "showcases America at its best"; Best Fight Against the System, which celebrates underdog efforts and social justice; top trending moment; and best musical moment.

Amy Landecker poses in the press room at the MTV Movie and TV Awards at the Shrine Auditorium on Sunday, May 7, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Amy Landecker poses in the press room at the MTV Movie and TV Awards at the Shrine Auditorium on Sunday, May 7, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

The horror hit "Get Out" led all nominees with six bids, including movie of the year.

Taraji P. Henson accepts the award for best fight against the system at the MTV Movie and TV Awards at the Shrine Auditorium on Sunday, May 7, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Taraji P. Henson accepts the award for best fight against the system at the MTV Movie and TV Awards at the Shrine Auditorium on Sunday, May 7, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

"Beauty and the Beast" and the Netflix series "Stranger Things" had four nominations each.

Ashton Sanders, left, and Jharrel Jerome accept the award for best kiss from "Moonlight" at the MTV Movie and TV Awards at the Shrine Auditorium on Sunday, May 7, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Ashton Sanders, left, and Jharrel Jerome accept the award for best kiss from "Moonlight" at the MTV Movie and TV Awards at the Shrine Auditorium on Sunday, May 7, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

The cast of the "Fast and Furious" franchise were scheduled to receive the Generation Award, which Vin Diesel was set to accept.

Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif. left, and Tracee Ellis Ross present the award for best fight against the system at the MTV Movie and TV Awards at the Shrine Auditorium on Sunday, May 7, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif. left, and Tracee Ellis Ross present the award for best fight against the system at the MTV Movie and TV Awards at the Shrine Auditorium on Sunday, May 7, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

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Ashton Sanders, left, and Jharrel Jerome accept the award for best kiss from "Moonlight" at the MTV Movie and TV Awards at the Shrine Auditorium on Sunday, May 7, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Ashton Sanders, left, and Jharrel Jerome accept the award for best kiss from "Moonlight" at the MTV Movie and TV Awards at the Shrine Auditorium on Sunday, May 7, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Frazier Moore reported from New York.

Jasmine Sanders poses in the press room at the MTV Movie and TV Awards at the Shrine Auditorium on Sunday, May 7, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Jasmine Sanders poses in the press room at the MTV Movie and TV Awards at the Shrine Auditorium on Sunday, May 7, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
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