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Empowerment rules at MTV awards

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Empowerment rules at MTV awards
Empowerment rules at MTV awards

The Rock and 'Avengers: Endgame' were big winners at the MTV Movie and TV awards in a show marked by messages of empowerment and self-esteem.

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STORY: The Marvel movie, the second biggest box office hit of all time, took wins for best movie, villain (Josh Brolin's Thanos) and hero (Robert Downey Jr's Iron Man.) The MTV Movie and TV awards usually focus on crowd-pleasers and is an irreverent antidote to the more serious winter Hollywood awards season.

Winners get popcorn shaped trophies and are chosen by fans voting online.

"Surviving R.

Kelly," in which seven women spoke on camera about what they said was years of sexual and emotional abuse by the "I Believe I Can Fly" singer, won best documentary.

The Lifetime network documentary led to Kelly being dropped by his record company and to criminal charges in Chicago of aggravated sexual assault involving four women, three of them minors.

Kelly has pleaded not guilty and is awaiting trial.

"Because of your bravery, other girls and boys and women and men are now speaking without shame and being heard without judgement." Brie Miranda Bryant, an executive with Lifetime, said in an acceptance speech.

Elisabeth Moss, star of "The Handmaid's Tale," took the award for best performance in a TV show, a category that was entirely made up of women.

The bleak drama series portrays a near future in which women are stripped of all their rights, including working and reading.

Actor, producer and wrestler Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson was given the Generation award for a career that encompasses more than 30 film and TV shows, including the "Fast and Furious" movie franchise.

Johnson told the audience that when he first came to Hollywood some 15 years ago, the entertainment industry didn't know how to handle a 6-foot-4-inch, muscled, half black, half Samoan man, "so I decided I wasn't going to conform to Hollywood, Hollywood was going to conform to me".

(Production: Soraya Ali)

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