The MTV Movie Awards usually serve as one long commercial for upcoming blockbuster films, and this year’s ceremony was no exception. Hosted by Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson and Kevin Hart, stars of Central Intelligence, the actual awards are inconsequential enough that MTV announced the 2016 winners before the show even aired. (See all the honorees here.)
But that doesn’t mean the show is not without its small delights, like the charming Melissa McCarthy or a sneak peek of our eagerly anticipated return to the wizarding world. We watched so you didn’t have to: Here were the best moments from the show.
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Chris Pratt paying homage to the action heroes who came before him
Ever the humble hero, Chris Pratt rattled off a long list of actors who paved the way for him to become the swaggering star of Jurassic World and Guardians of the Galaxy that we know and love while accepting the award for Best Action Performance. Included on his list: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone, Harrison Ford, Jackie Chan, Jason Statham, Liam Neeson, Eric Roberts, Anthony Mackie and host Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.
Ryan Reynold's R-rated joke
The best joke of the night goes to Ryan Reynolds. Upon receiving his Golden Popcorn for Best Comedic Performance, the Deadpool star was able to make light of his sex life with wife, actress Blake Lively.
“I want to thank my wife, Blake,” he said. “Everything I do is to make her laugh. Especially the sex.”
A not-so-dour Suicide Squad trailer
After critics asked of Batman v. Superman, “Why so serious?” fans started to get nervous about Suicide Squad. The first trailer for the upcoming Batman spinoff sure looked like a lot of fun—but let’s face it, having “Bohemian Rhapsody” playing in the background could make spackling a wall seem like a blast.
So it’s a relief to see Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) cracking jokes in the new Suicide Squad trailer that premiered during the show. We also got a look at Batfleck chasing after the Joker. Hopefully the Dark Knight will nab his bad guy—maybe that will cheer Affleck up.
Hearing that Harry Potter music again
We can’t help ourselves: we’re suckers for Hedwig’s Theme.
And could they have picked anyone more charming than Eddie Redmayne to lead us back into J.K. Rowling’s wizarding world? And we finally get to see the magical community in America! You hear that, American children? Your owls could still be coming after all.
Melissa McCarthy honors a long line of funny ladies
McCarthy made history as the first woman to win MTV’s Comedic Genius Award. (Yes, it did take that long.) After crowd-surfing her way to the stage, the Bridesmaids and Spy star honored the funny women who have come before her.
“I may be the first woman to receive this award, but I am certainly not the first one to deserve it,” McCarthy said during her acceptance speech. “I’m a walking human patchwork of all the funny women I have loved and studied over the years.” She cited Lucille Ball, Julia Louis Dreyfus, and Whoopi Goldberg, among others. McCarthy is starring in the all-female Ghostbusters reboot this summer.