Tuesday, August 14, 2018

“RIVERDALE” Cleans House, and Other 2018 TEEN’S CHOICE AWARDS Highlights

The grownups (mostly) have fired their salvos for what they think to be the most deserving movies and TV series for this year in the many awards ceremonies that that already taken place earlier this year. This time it is the turn of a much younger demographic to vote for their favorites to give awards to. This Sunday was the 20th iteration of Fox TV’s Teen Choice Awards, the twentieth time that one of the largest award trophies ever given – the Teen’s Choice surfboards – were passed to this year’s worthies. And there were many big Teen’s Choice winners that evening.
The Washington Post kept tabs on the happenings of the 2018 Teen’s Choice Awards, held at The Forum in Inglewood this August 12, with Nick Cannon and Lele Pons as hosts. Major franchises dominated in the sheer amount of nominations; “Star Wars” garnered 13 total between “The Last Jedi” and “Solo”, while “Avengers: Infinity War” were named in 10 categories.
As for television, The CW’s subversive Archie Comics drama retelling “Riverdale” got 12 nominations, nine of which were won making the show the biggest victor of the night. These include Choices in “TV Drama”, “TV Drama Actor” and “Actress”, “TV Villain”, “Breakout TV Star”, “TV Ship” and the joint Film/TV Teen’s Choice awards for “Scene Stealer”, “Liplock” and “Hissy Fit”.
The Movie awards were almost a steal for franchises under the immense Disney media umbrella. “Avengers: Infinity War” was Choice Action Movie, “Black Panther” was Choice Sci-Fi Movie, “Coco” got Choice Fantasy Movie and “Incredibles 2” was Choice Summer Movie. Late actress Carrie Fisher was honored posthumously as Choice Fantasy Movie Actress for “The Last Jedi”. The most significant non-Disney multiple awardee was Fox musical “The Greatest Showman”, winning four out of seven categories with Zac Efron and Zendaya being awarded Choice Drama Movie Actor and Actress respectively, and Choice Movie Ship as a tandem.
When it comes to music, overseas acts were ably represented by Korean boy band BTS, which took home the Choice International Artist and Choice Fandom for its rabid fan community. The Teen’s Choice Digital categories was also a source of some fandom humor, when Choice “Twit” (-ter celebrity) Anna Kendrick tried to ignite a rivalry between her and fellow nominee, actor Ryan “Deadpool” Reynolds. Also enjoyed by the audience was a speech tribute by presenter Troye Sivan in honor of closet-gay rom-com film “Love Simon”, which won Choice Comedy Movie.
Image from The Hollywood Reporter


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