Moonlight stars deliver heartfelt speech after winning 'Best Kiss' at MTV Movie and TV Awards

Moonlight's Ashton Sanders and Jharrel Jerome delivered a heartfelt speech at the MTV Movie and TV Awards on Sunday night (May 7) after their tender onscreen lip-locking won the award for 'Best Kiss'. The young actors, who play Miami schoolmates Chiron (Sanders) and Kevin (Jerome) in Barry Jenkins' Oscar-winning coming-of-age film, beat the likes of La La Land‘s Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling and Beauty and the Beast‘s Emma Watson and Dan Stevens to win the prize at last night's star-studded ceremony in LA. Taking to the stage after their victory, Sanders told the audience that the win for a scene in which the two young characters explore their sexuality for the first time represented something "bigger" than a kiss. "This award is bigger than Jharrel and I. This represents more than a kiss," the 21-year-old said. "This is for those who feel like the others, the misfits. This represents us." 19-year-old Jerome added: "I think it is safe to say that it is okay for us young performers, especially us minority performers, to step out of the box. It’s okay for us to step out of the box and do whatever it take to tell the story and whatever it takes to make the change. "This award is for that," he added. "It’s for us artists who are out there, who need to do whatever it takes to get people to wake up." Moonlight's 'Best Kiss' win isn't the first time some same-sex lip-locking has won the award: Sarah Michelle Gellar and Selma Blair took home the prize in 2000 for their smooch in Cruel Intentions, while Jason Biggs and Seann William Scott won in 2002 for their kiss in American Pie 2.

"This is bigger than @jharreljerome and I." Congrats on winning Best Kiss ❤️

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Check out the full list of winners from the MTV Movie and TV Awards below: Movie of the year: Beauty and the Beast Get Out Logan Rogue One: A Star Wars Story The Edge of Seventeen Best actor in a movie: Emma Watson – Beauty and the Beast Daniel Kaluuya – Get Out Hailee Steinfeld – The Edge of Seventeen Hugh Jackman – Logan James McAvoy – Split Taraji P. Henson – Hidden Figures Show of the year: Stranger Things Atlanta Game of Thrones Insecure Pretty Little Liars This Is Us Best actor in a show: Millie Bobby Brown – Stranger Things Donald Glover – Atlanta Emilia Clarke – Game of Thrones Gina Rodriguez – Jane the Virgin Jeffrey Dean Morgan – The Walking Dead Mandy Moore – This Is Us Best kiss: Ashton Sanders and Jharrel Jerome – Moonlight Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling – “La La Land” Emma Watson and Dan Stevens – “Beauty and the Beast” Taraji P. Henson and Terrence Howard – “Empire” Zac Efron and Anna Kendrick – “Mike & Dave Need Wedding Dates” Best villain: Allison Williams – “Get Out” Demogorgon – “Stranger Things” Jared Leto – “Suicide Squad” Jeffrey Dean Morgan – The Walking Dead Wes Bentley – “American Horror Story” Best host: Trevor Noah – The Daily Show Ellen DeGeneres – The Ellen DeGeneres Show John Oliver – Last Week Tonight with John Oliver RuPaul – RuPaul’s Drag Race Samantha Bee – Full Frontal with Samantha Bee Best documentary: 13th I Am Not Your Negro O.J.: Made in America This is Everything: Gigi Gorgeous TIME: The Kalief Browder Story Best reality competition: RuPaul’s Drag Race America’s Got Talent MasterChef Junior The Bachelor The Voice Best comedic performance: Lil Rel Howery – Get Out Adam Devine – Workaholics Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson – Broad City Seth MacFarlane – Family Guy Seth Rogen – Sausage Party Will Arnett – The LEGO Batman Movie Best hero: Felicity Jones – Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Grant Gustin – The Flash Mike Colter – Luke Cage Millie Bobby Brown – Stranger Things Stephen Amell – Arrow Taraji P. Henson – Hidden Figures
Tearjerker: This Is Us – Jack (Milo Ventimiglia) and Randall (Lonnie Chavis) at karate Game of Thrones – Hodor’s (Kristian Nairn) Death Grey’s Anatomy – Meredith tells her children about Derek’s death (Ellen Pompeo) Me Before You – Will (Sam Claflin) tells Louisa (Emilia Clarke) he can’t stay with her Moonlight – Paula (Naomie Harris) tells Chiron (Trevante Rhodes) that she loves him Next generation: Daniel Kaluuya Chrissy Metz Issa Rae Riz Ahmed Yara Shahidi Best duo: Hugh Jackman and Dafne Keen – Logan Adam Levine and Blake Shelton – The Voice Daniel Kaluuya and Lil Rel Howery – Get Out Brian Tyree Henry and Lakeith Stanfield – Atlanta Josh Gad and Luke Evans – Beauty and the Beast Martha Stewart and Snoop Dogg – Martha & Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party Best American story: Blackish Fresh Off the Boat Jane the Virgin Moonlight Transparent Best fight against the system: Hidden Figures Get Out Loving Luke Cage Mr. Robot
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