2018 Teen Choice Awards: The snubs, the wins, the WTF moments
This Sunday (August 12) marked the annual Teen Choice Awards – where young people go to celebrate all that is pop culture while surfboards are handed out to the best in comedy, fashion, film, music, sports, television, and, of course, the internet. So many surfboards, so many questionable award categories, so many D-listers vying for attention.
The 2018 edition was hosted by Nick Cannon and Lele Pons, taking place at the Forum in Los Angeles. In addition to honoring the darlings of traditional media, a number of fan-voted categories saw celebs bagging boards for Choice Liplock, Choice Hissy Fit, and Choice Scene Stealer (Riverdale’s Vanessa Morgan, in case you were wondering).
Speaking of Riverdale, the young adult show absolutely washed away the competition at this year’s TCA. Not only did it bag Choice Drama TV Show, but it won in nine other categories: Choice Drama TV Actor (Cole Sprouse); Choice Drama TV Actress (Lili Reinhart); Choice TV Villain (Mark Consuelos); Choice Breakout TV Star (Morgan); Choice TVShip (Sprouse & Reinhart); Choice Liplock Cole Sprouse (Sprouse & Reinhart); Choice Hissy Fit (Madelaine Petsch); Choice Scene Stealer (Morgan); and Choice Male Hottie (Sprouse).
Give it up for the cast of @CW_Riverdale winning #ChoiceDramaTVShow! #TeenChoice ??? pic.twitter.com/Q5a806j7Rs
— FOX (@FOXTV) August 13, 2018
Phew! Well done Riverdale superfans – you can sit down now. “There’s a lot of great shows, so we feel really grateful to be up here,” said KJ Apa, who plays Archie Andrews on the show (and deserved to be sharing that Choice Male Hottie board with Sprouse, in our opinion).
“We started the show two years ago, and I think we’re all kind of surprised about where the show has gone and how it’s been accepted . . . Thank you guys so much for watching the show. There’s a lot of bits and pieces that go into these things, but you guys are the most important. Thank you.”
Apparently someone had been speaking with the angels too, because none other than Shadowhunters bagged the win for Choice Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Show. A wise choice indeed, and one that only goes to show that the fandom and their ongoing #SaveShadowhunters campaign need not give up on their quest to save the beloved fantasy drama – there’s life in the old beast yet.
A huge thanks to the best fans in the world. We won the #TeenChoice Award for #ChoiceSciFiFantasyTVShow because of you. ✨ #Shadowhunters pic.twitter.com/53yNhVLf7m
— Shadowhunters (@ShadowhuntersTV) August 13, 2018
Shadowhunters’s Matthew Daddario took home the board for Choice Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actor as well, while Millie Bobby Brown deservedly won Choice Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actress for her impeccable performance as Eleven in Stranger Things.
While we’re not overjoyed at the Choice Comedy TV Show (The Big Bang Theory – really?), we are stoked Jane the Virgin’s Jaime Camil and Gina Rodriguez took home awards for their comedic performances in the telenovela inspired show. They’ve both proved their acting chops as Rogelio and Jane respectively.
Over to the big screen and the TCA categories were dominated by Marvel mania – Avengers: Infinity War was picked out for Choice Action Movie, Choice Action Movie Actor (Robert Downey Jr.), and Choice Action Movie Actress (Scarlett Johansson). Meanwhile, Black Panther won Choice Sci-Fi Movie and Choice Sci-Fi Movie Actress (Letitia Wright), while Thor: Ragnarok bagged Choice Sci-Fi Movie Actor for Chris Hemsworth’s performance as the titular character.
?@RobertDowneyJr's superpowers are endless! #TeenChoice ? pic.twitter.com/EkyCjUgyab
— FOX (@FOXTV) August 13, 2018
You could argue it’s Marvel overkill, but that’s just the way things go at the TCA – the event is first and foremost a celebration of the mainstream. But it wasn’t only Marvel that received relentless plaudits for its contribution to cinema over the past year – franchises were the flavor of the night, as Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, and Pitch Perfect 3 all took home boards in separate categories.
But the greatest show of love was directed towards the The Greatest Showman. Not only did it bag Choice Drama Movie, Choice Drama Movie Actor (Zac Efron), Choice Drama Movie Actress (Zendaya), and Choice Movie Ship (Zac Efron & Zendaya), but it also presented an opportunity for Efron to give us insight into his bromance with The Greatest Showman co-star Hugh Jackman.
In his acceptance speech for Choice Drama Movie Actor, in which he was competing with Jackman, Efron declared: “From the bottom of my heart, I couldn’t ask for a cooler, more amazing person to work with. He’s my Best Dramatic Actor – and a hero, and a mentor, and a good friend. Thank you, Hugh Jackman.”
❤️ @ZacEfron gushing over his @GreatestShowman castmates is EVERYTHING! #TeenChoice pic.twitter.com/NVFyLiHehU
— FOX (@FOXTV) August 13, 2018
In terms of the snubs, you may or may not have noticed that Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why wasn’t present in any of the categories – not even one measly nomination. Considering the show is a successful young adult drama that discusses some of the most important and major issues facing young people today, all tied together with a gripping storyline and a stellar core cast, it’s surprising to see that the show wasn’t present at this year’s TCA.
Could it be because of the recent controversy surrounding season two? Or maybe it’s just because the fans wanted to see Riverdale bagging all the boards. (Perhaps it’s a bit of both.)
Of course, what would the TCA be without some fawning superfan displays? But this time it was the celebrities who were doing the goofing, as Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’s Rachel Bloom expressed her love for Nina Dobrev by wearing a t-shirt with Dobrev’s face on the front. It’s cool though – the love went both ways, as Dobrev had a Bloom tee on too. Such japes!
Yasss, ladies! @ninadobrev & @Racheldoesstuff are each other's no. 1 fans! ??#TeenChoice pic.twitter.com/6mETn5SIvT
— ExtraTV (@extratv) August 13, 2018
Well, that’s all for another year folks. If we can take one thing away from the 2018 TCA, it’s that Riverdale is rad, Jefron’s bromance is real, and Archie’s gonna need to do some more topless push-ups if he wants to out-hot Jughead. Well go on, Archie – we’re waiting.