Love, Simon has won Best Kiss at the MTV Movie & TV Awards
Love, Simon has won the MTV Movie Award for best kiss.
The immensely popular coming out film, which has made more than £45 million worldwide and even convinced one mother to finally accept her daughter as bisexual, picked up the trophy on June 16.
The award was given to Nick Robinson and Keiynan Lonsdale for the heartwarming Ferris wheel kiss between Simon and Bram at the end of the film.
It marked the second time in a row that a gay kiss has won the honour, after Moonlight‘s Ashton Sanders and Jharrel Jerome received the award last year.
The awards ceremony, which instituted gender-neutral awards for the first time in 2017, crowned its sixth-ever same-sex pair in the category.
Accepting the Golden Popcorn trophy on stage while wearing a fantastic gender-neutral outfit, Lonsdale told the audience: “I just want to say to every kid: You can live your dreams and wear dresses.
“You can live your dreams and kiss the one that you love, no matter what gender they are. You can live your dreams and you can believe in magic.
“You can live your dreams and you can be yourself.”
After the ceremony, Lonsdale said: “It means a lot to me.
“I didn’t know that this was going to be the case growing up, so for this to be reality and for me to be part of it, it’s a really beautiful moment.”
Stranger Things star Millie Bobby Brown picked up the award for Best Performance, and used the opportunity to speak out against the bullies who caused her to delete her Twitter account by turning her into an anti-gay meme.
The 14-year-old actor appeared via a recorded message to tell her haters off.
“Since I know there are many young people watching this – and even to the adults, too; they could probably use the reminder – that I was taught that if you don’t have anything nice to say, just don’t say it,” she said.
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Brown, who also won an MTV Award last year for Best Actor in a Show, added: “There should be no space in this world for bullying, and I’m not going to tolerate it, and neither should any of you.
“If you need a reminder of how worthy you are, and to rise above the hate, message me on Instagram.”
And she finished off her speech by winking at the audience and blowing a kiss, because she’s a bad-ass.
Watch Lonsdale react to winning the award:
— Hollywood Reporter (@THR) June 19, 2018