Heroes honoured at MTV awards

The MTV awards recognised Dwayne Johnson's body of work, including more than 30 film and TV shows.
The MTV awards recognised Dwayne Johnson's body of work, including more than 30 film and TV shows.

This year's MTV movie and TV awards have been linked to messages of empowerment and self-esteem.

Superhero blockbuster "Avengers: Endgame" picked up awards for best movie, villain (Josh Brolin's Thanos) and hero (Robert Downey Jr's Iron Man.)

But U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the diminutive, 86-year-old liberal judge, was voted best real-life hero, cementing her status as a pop culture icon, especially among women.

Medieval fantasy "Game of Thrones" was named best TV show.

Best documentary went to "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.

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.

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 show is set in 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".

Australian Associated Press