This Sunday and Monday, the MTV Movie and TV Awards will take place in Los Angeles, where our favourite films and series from the past 12 months will be judges among such esteemed categories such as ‘Best Movie’, ‘Best Show’ and even ‘Best Kiss’.
Spread across two nights to accommodate both scripted and unscripted productions, comedians Leslie Jones and Nikki Glaser will preside over dishing out the infamous popcorn box-shaped trophies.
Totting up with the most nominations is big-budget superhero series WandaVision, Marvel Studios’ first small screen attempt, whilst Borat Subsequent Moviefilm makes for the most-nominated cinema release.
However, joining the mix will be a celebration of the music stars who have sought to give fans a little further insight into their careers and their lives, with the ‘Best Music Documentary’ category. The award will be presented on Monday night’s show dedicated to unscripted contenders.
It’s a competitive category of a whopping nine nominees, from films centred on young chart-toppers’ struggles with fame to fascinating docs about music legends.
Perhaps the nominee that gripped the world the most upon its release in February is Framing Britney Spears. The television documentary called into the question the treatment of the pop princess in the early years of her music career and, notably, during her very public mental health struggles in 2007. Watched by millions in lockdown, the show’s broadcast led to countless calls across social media to help Spears escape her conservatorship and even resulted in former boyfriend Justin Timberlake issuing her a belated apology.
Mental health is also a focus of Demi Lovato’s Dancing with the Devil. The singer and her close friends and family talk about her near-fatal overdose in 2018 and her subsequent return to music in the gripping four-part docuseries.
Miss Americana sees Taylor Swift share unprecedented access into her life over the course of several years, as she looks back at her career and learns to accept her place as one of the world’s most influential women.
Exploding onto the mainstream scene in a big way means there was no shortage in demand for a BTS film. In Break the Silence: The Movie, we get to follow the Korean boyband’s seven members around the globe on their 42-stop Love Yourself tour.
Another concert film is found in Ariana Grande’s Excuse Me, I Love You. The recording takes us on-stage as well as behind the scenes of the pop sensation’s 2019 Sweetener tour.
Mirroring the stories shared in her 2020 memoir Happiness Becomes You, Tina Turner’s decades-long career is highlighted in the star-studded Tina. With contributions from Oprah Winfrey, Angela Basset and Roger Davies, to name a few, the legendary singer and actress shares the highs and lows of her epic life.
Not many teenagers can say they have done enough to warrant a documentary being made on their life but Billie Eilish isn’t just any teenager. The World’s a Little Blurry delves into the creation of her debut album, and features real behind-the-scenes footage spanning her first going viral on Soundcloud with Ocean Eyes to winning five Grammys in one night – all intercut, of course, with the regular teen shenanigans of boyfriend drama, getting a driving license and, uh, recording a Bond theme.
Archival footage and revealing interviews with lone surviving member Barry Gibb, The Bee Gees: How Can You Mend a Broken Heart explores the history of the legendary disco giants.
Biggie: I Got a Story to Tell, released in collaboration with his family ahead of what would have been his 50th birthday, shows us sides to late rapper Christopher Wallace (AKA TheNotorious B.I.G) rarely seen before. The intimate documentary uses footage of the artist filmed by his best friend Damion “D-Roc” Butler, capturing him as his loved ones knew him.
Fame on Vine to topping charts worldwide isn’t the route many take into musical stardom but it’s the story told in Shawn Mendes’s doc In Wonder. The film takes a look at the Canadian singer’s youthful rise to fame, and all the fun, feats and challenges that come along with it.
So, who will win big at the 2021 MTV Movie & TV Awards? Find out on MTV (Sky channel 126, Virgin channel 134) at 10pm on Monday and 8pm on Tuesday!
Words: Rona McCann