Strike-hit MTV handed out awards

“The last of us” was among the big winners of the evening when the annual gala MTV Movie & TV Awards took place in Los Angeles. The zombie drama was named best series, while actor Pedro Pascal was awarded both best hero and best duo along with co-star Bella Ramsey.

But the biggest impact was left by the ongoing strike among screenwriters in Hollywood.

The gala’s presenter Drew Barrymore pulled out in solidarity with the screenwriters union WGA. At the same time, MTV chose to roll up the red carpet and scrap most of the gala. The reason was that they did not want to clash with pickets and since few stars would probably choose to appear, writes The Wrap.

Instead, laureates such as Joseph Quinn and Jennifer Coolidge accepted their awards via video, bringing to mind the pandemic-adapted galas of recent years.

To fill the airtime with something, MTV showed memorable clips from the channel’s previous galas, such as when Sacha Baron Cohen landed in front of Eminem’s face in 2009 and when Katy Perry and Snoop Dogg performed together the following year.