Due to the COVID-19 pandemic (boy, I bet you’re tired of hearing that), the MTV Movie & TV Awards were canceled this year. It’s not terribly surprising since there were dozens of theatrical releases postponed in 2020. In place of the usual film ceremony, MTV has decided to air a Greatest of All Time special instead. Hosted by Vanessa Hudgens, the details surrounding the event are slim, but expect to take a cruise into the past to look at the past Movie Award ceremonies and winners. We’re taking our own look at the past winners of the Movie of the Year award so you can relive all their glory ahead of Sunday’s special.
From cult classics like Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction to the tween vampire franchise Twilight, Sling has no shortage of options in the past award winners. Whether you prefer your movies with a dose of critical acclaim or a bit of apocalyptic cringe, you can watch plenty of the movies right now on-demand. Here are some of Janine Schaults' and Peyton Lombardo's favorites, along with details on how you can watch them.
Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1992 Winner)
28 years later and the liquid metal T-1000 (Robert Patrick) still looks like a special effects marvel. With the overabundant use of CGI powering everything from our superhero franchises to snow flurries in a Lifetime Christmas movie, we’ve become immune to manipulated images. But, back in 1991, the sight of Arnold Schwarzenegger seamlessly battling a cyborg that morphs from a silver blob to a man and back again was jaw-dropping. Add in Edward Furlong to facilitate the sexual awakening of a generation of pre-teen girls and a ripping Guns N’ Roses soundtrack contribution (which Arnold himself negotiated) and you can see why MTV viewers handed this blockbuster the night’s biggest awards. JS
Pulp Fiction (1995 Winner)
Among other things, Pulp Fiction was John Travolta the comeback bid, so you can thank (or blame?) Quentin Tarantino’s Oscar-nominated breakthrough for three more decades of the Grease heartthrob’s toothy mug up on the big screen. With a profanity-laced, non-linear plot filled with bullets, conspiracies and exquisitely-curated music, the movie felt hip and dangerous. And we learned so much! That a Quarter-Pounder in France is called a Royale with Cheese; That Dusty Springfield is an absolute treasure; That memorizing an entire Bible verse isn’t that hard - even if it is fake; That $5 milkshakes are totally worth it. Be cool, honey bunny! JS
Titanic (1998 Winner)
It’s hard to believe that this timeless movie came out 23 years ago! Starring a pair of young actors who would become two of Hollywood’s biggest names—Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet—this romance tugged at everyone’s heartstrings, while capitalizing on our collective fascination with the 1912 sinking of the unsinkable Titanic. “I’ll never let go, Jack, I’ll never let go!” 😥While I think we can all agree there was enough room on that board for the both of them, it doesn’t detract from the fact that this was one of the saddest, yet most passionate scenes in cinematic history. Titanic was one of the first movies I owned, and it was so long it took up two VHS tapes. Luckily, you don’t have to switch tapes halfway through when you watch on Starz. To quote the passengers boarding the ship, "What a time to be alive." PL
Watch Now on Starz
There’s Something About Mary (1999 Winner)
Hair gel made a winking comeback thanks to the twisted sense of humor of the Farrelly Brothers. Starring Ben Stiller, Matt Dillon, and Cameron Diaz in a role that cemented her 100-watt smile a place on the A-list, this gross-out comedy hid its squishy, lovesick heart under a barrage of side-splitting sight gags. From Stiller’s zipped up genitalia to Magda’s (Lin Shaye) crispy decolletage, this now-classic spared no one’s feelings. Watching with the whole family might give way to a few uncomfortable moments, but if there was ever a time for a good belly laugh, this is it. JS
Rent for $3.99
Napoleon Dynamite (2005 Winner)
“What are you going to do today, Napoleon?” “Whatever I feel like I wanna do! Gosh!” One of the most quotable movies of the mid-2000s, Napoleon Dynamite is undoubtedly Jon Heder’s best role to date. Cringingly awkward teen Napoleon Dynamite has to navigate home and school with little help. The quirky film was one of the biggest hits of Summer 2004, raking in $46 million at the box office off a mere $400,000 budget. I don’t think anyone could’ve predicted its success but you can bet anyone around my age can rattle off a dozen Napoleon quotes without hesitation. Its cultural impact is still monumental. If you’re like Napoleon and want to do whatever you feel like you wanna do (gosh!), I won’t force you to watch this. But much like stashing tater tots in your pockets, I think it’s a pretty great idea. PL
Watch Now on Starz or Rent for $3.99
Wedding Crashers (2006 Winner)
When fast-talking Vince Vaughn is on fire, everything melts into place (when he’s not, the mile-a-minute rants border on torture). Paired with Owen Wilson for this rom-com with an edge, the Chicago adjacent-raised actor is at the height of his powers. It takes extreme finesse to make likeable characters out of two swinging bachelors who sneak their way uninvited into weddings and into the beds of forlorn and uninhibited bridesmaids. Despite the skeezy premise, it did boffo at the box office and can still alter the course of a boring Saturday night - even if that opening montage of their reception conquests reeks of predatory behavior. Plus, it gave us something to write in wedding cards: “True love is your soul’s recognition of its counterpoint in another.” JS
Watch on Comedy Central Dec. 5.
The Twilight Saga (2010-2012 Winners)
Yep, I’ve made the executive decision to group the first three films of the Twilight saga together, since they had unprecedented back-to-back-to-back MTV victories from 2010 to 2012. Not even Marvel or DC has achieved what this incredible, yet slightly questionable franchise has done. It seems everyone has some strong feelings towards Twilight and whether those feelings are positive or negative, you can’t deny the significance of this vampire saga. It paved the way for young-adult-apocalyptic-books-turned film-franchises that dominated the 2010s (Hunger Games, Maze Runner, and Divergent to name a few). Both Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson continued onto illustrious, successful careers post-Twilight, but let’s not pretend like these aren’t their most iconic performances. PL
The Fault in Our Stars (2015 Winner)
It’s hard to believe that The Fault in Our Stars was released only six years ago. For my generation, it seemed to be some sort of cultural reset. We ate up the cheesy quotes from this film, which was adapted by John Green’s novel of the same name. “It’s a metaphor, see: You put the killing thing right between your teeth, but you don’t give it the power to do the killing,” Augustus says as he places a cigarette in his mouth he has no intention of smoking. Why did I think that was so deep? It’s weird to say this since it was only a few years ago, but this movie was a product of its time, a time in which tweens and teens devoured these sorts of fake-deep quotes. Apparently so did the critics, since it holds a whopping 80% on Rotten Tomatoes. PL
Rent for $3.99
Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2016 Winner)
The return of Harrison Ford as Han Solo secured this long-awaited sequel’s spot at the top. Sure, the introduction of bravehearted Finn (John Boyega), spunky Rey (Daisy Ridley), dreamy Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) and brooding villain Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) was more than enough to make any Star Wars fan feel all tingly inside, but seeing Ford at the helm of the Millennium Falcon with stalwart sidekick Chewbacca in the co-captain chair put the Force into overdrive (hyperdrive?). If you weren’t at a midnight showing on opening night in 2015, what were you doing with your life? JS
Beauty and the Beast (2017 Winner)
I’ve got to be completely honest here - I have no idea how this movie won. I mean, it was up against Jordan Peele’s Get Out, the angsty Edge of Seventeen, and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Despite the stiff competition, this half-live-action, half-CGI remake came out victorious. Perhaps it was the heavyweight cast, as the Disney remake featured Emma Watson as Belle, Dan Stevens as Beast, Luke Evans as Gaston, and a charming Josh Gad as LeFou. One of the best parts of this movie was its soundtrack, which featured a transformed titular song featuring music icons Ariana Grande and John Legend. If you’re like me and perhaps forgot this movie existed, now is the perfect time to rediscover it. PL
Watch Now on TNT
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