'Moonlight' Actors Get Real About Race In MTV Awards Best Kiss Speech


As I'm pretty sure everyone knows, the best category at the MTV Movie & TV Awards is undoubtedly Best Kiss.

You don't see the Oscars, the Emmys or the Golden Globes giving any love to the steamy lip-locks that are so often the real highlights of the best movies and shows!

And this past year was filled with memorable onscreen kisses, from Ashton Sander and Jharrel Jerome's tender kiss in "Moonlight" to Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling's musical embrace in "La La Land."

The category also included Cookie and Luscious' passionate make-out session on "Empire" and Zac Efron and Anna Kendrick's sloppy tonguing in "Mike & Dave Need Wedding Dates."

But the official best kiss of all goes to "Moonlight." Ashton Sander and Jharrel Jerome took home the Best Kiss award.


Jharrel Jerome, who played Kevin in the movie, started off his acceptance speech by stressing the importance of stepping outside of the box to tell a story.

I really have to start by saying thank you to my parents. I have to. I love you all so much, I'm here. But on a real note, I think it's safe to say, that it really is OK for us young performers, especially for us minority performers, to step out of the box. I think it is OK to step out of the box and do whatever it takes to tell a story, and do whatever it takes to make a change. And so, this award is for that. It's for us artists who are out there who need to step out of the box and do whatever it takes to get people to wake up.

And Ashton Sander, who played the film's lead, Chiron, noted that the award isn't just for them, but for everyone who feels like an outsider.

This award is bigger than Jharrell and I. This award represents more than a kiss. This is for those who feel like the others, the misfits, this represents us. We love y'all, we thank y'all.

For instance, last year, Rebel Wilson and Adam Devine won for their laugh-out-loud sloppy makeout in "Pitch Perfect 2," but the year prior, it was Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort who took home the Golden Popcorn for their legitimately passionate kiss in "The Fault in Our Stars."

But this year, it's clear the people wanted some real, raw and beautiful emotion, and the emotion that "Moonlight" kiss gave us is enough to last a lifetime.