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June 19, 2018

Jaeden Lieberher, star of 'It,' takes home first major trophy at MTV Movie & TV Awards

A wrap-up of show highlights and big winners

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Jeremy Ray Taylor, Wyatt Oleff, Flinn Wolfhard, Chosen Jacobs, Jaeden Lieberher, Jack Dylan Grazer, Sophia Lillis at the 2018 MTV Movie And TV Awards held at Barker Hangar on June 16, 2018 in Santa Monica, Calif.

Jaeden Lieberher, one of Hollywood hottest rising stars, and a Philadelphia native, took home ­­his first major trophy – the golden popcorn award for best on-screen team for cast performance in “It” during the 2018 MTV Movie & TV Awards, which aired last night.

“We just want to say thank you and...to thank our parents, especially our moms,” said a beaming Lieberher.

“And we especially want to thank our fans, because you guys are so incredible.

“I think we’re really lucky because you guys didn’t just look at it as a horror movie, but you saw the fun we had [making it], and we’re just really lucky.”


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Lieberher, 15, is the son of former Philadelphia chef Wes Lieberher. These days, both father and son live in Los Angeles, Calif. 

The 2018 MTV Movie & TV Awards opened with show host and comedian Tiffany Haddish putting on a spoof of challenging the "Black Panther" throne and entering into battle with Chadwick Boseman, who played T'Challa. 

She finished by mimicking rapping Cardi B's "Bodak Yellow," during her opening monologue, but sounded winded a minute into that performance.

It was a star-studded night, with red-carpet calls from the Kardashian clan, Zendaya, and the casts of hit TV shows like “Stranger Things,” “13 Reasons Why” and more.

“Seth Rogan is here! I like you, Seth Rogan. You’re my favorite bearded white man since Abraham Lincoln,” Haddish quipped.

Unlike other awards shows, the MTV Movie & TV Awards are traditionally more casual than others, like the Academy Awards or the Golden Globes. In presenting the award for scene stealer at the beginning of the night, actress Mila Kunis appeared in track pants and a cutoff tee shirt.

Rocking a Steve Harvey-like mustache and stark white jeans, rapper Common presented the trailblazer award to “Master of None” author and star Lena Waithe. Waithe donned a black hoodie printed with a photo of Shirley Chisholm, the first black woman ever elected to U.S. Congress.

In accepting her award for best comedic performance for “Girls Trip,” Haddish ran out on stage in only a terrycloth bathrobe and flip-flops. (As the show’s host, she was in between wardrobe changes when Rogan and actress Kristen Bell announced she had won.)

“It” was nominated for two awards, including best movie, but that award went to “Black Panther,” which racked up a total of four.

Boseman received two trophies — for best hero and best movie performance — while Michael B. Jordan took home a golden popcorn award for his portrayal of the supervillain Erik Killmonger in "Black Panther." 

“I’m shocked I won this award for best villain. I thought Roseanne had that in the bag,” he laughed.