Congresswoman Maxine Waters and Tracee Ellis Ross present the Fight the System award to Taraji P. Henson for ‘Hidden Figures.’

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Now that the prestigious popcorn of the 2017 MTV Movie & TV Awards has been doled out, let’s take a step back. Catch your breath and reflect over the night’s historic wins — there were a lot of them, and a lot of highs and lows as with any awards show. 

Here were the best and worst moments of the 2017 MTV Movie & TV Awards.

Best

Hailee Steinfeld as Belle

It’s amazing what an actual singing voice can bring to the role.

Cute, precocious kids

From the Stranger Things cast to Logan star Dafne Keen to little Randall from This Is Us, children are our future, and MTV knows it.

Moonlight wins Best Kiss

SORRY, LA LA LAND.

Congresswoman Maxine Waters

The California Democrat upped the prestige of MTV enough to skew the average for the whole century. She spoke about the power of actors and artists to inspire change (along with Tracee Ellis Ross) when presenting the award for Best Fight Against the System.

The cast of This Is Us destroys us as usual

It was enough to have the show nominated, to say nothing of the emotional upheaval caused by seeing Jack do pushups with Randall on his back in a clip. But then This Is Us won the Tearjerker Award and Milo Ventimiglia took the stage with little Randall himself (Lonnie Chavis). BYE, EVERYONE.

Worst

Adam Devine in general

Luckily, the MTV Movie & TV Awards don’t force their host down the throats of viewers as persistently as so many other shows, so Devine was often overshadowed by movie clips and new trailers. Devine is funny in plenty of projects, but this wasn’t one of them. 

Allison Williams and Lilrel Howery

Howery’s participation in every Get Out joke was perfect, but we didn’t need Williams offering various ways to dispel his fear of her. Couldn’t we have gotten Daniel Kaluuya in one of these bits?

Beauty and the Beast wins Movie of the Year

Despite what seemed like a concerted effort from MTV to appear inclusive and diverse, Beauty and the Beast won the big award against critically acclaimed films (and audience favorites) like Logan and Get Out. Director Bill Condon called attention in his speech to female viewers of the film as if they are a new phenomenon and not the lifeblood of movies and entertainment in general. 

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