Star Wars: The Force Awakens wins three top prizes at the MTV Movie Awards
Epic wins movie of the year, breakthrough performance for Daisy Ridley and best villain for Adam Driver
The Force was with Star Wars at Saturday’s MTV Movie Awards as JJ Abrams’ blockbuster won three awards.
The film scooped Movie of the Year, Breakthrough Performance for Daisy Ridley and Best Villain for Adam Driver, who played Kylo Ren.
With the audience at Warner Bros. Studios waving red and blue lightsabers, Ridley and director J.J. Abrams accepted the final golden popcorn trophy at Saturday night's ceremony.
The prize was the highlight of the 25th edition of the annual awards show which presents fan-voted film awards and is noted for its laid-back and irreverent vibe.
Will Smith and Melissa McCarthy each received special prizes. Smith told the audience that he is "dedicated to being a light in this world" when he accepted the Generation Award.
"I want to help people," Smith said after being introduced by Queen Latifah and Halle Berry. "I want to be a light. I want to display love. I want to play roles that have dignity. I want to help in this world."
McCarthy, who won the Comedic Genius Award, said that while she is the first woman to receive the recognition, "I am certainly, certainly not the first one to deserve it."
Charlize Theron won the first award of the night: best female performance for Mad Max: Fury Road.
"The story of Fury Road is in part a story of the power of women and the power to create our own destinies," Theron said.
The film was also honoured by the event's hosts Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart who opened with a Mad Max-style opener, riding through the auditorium in a truck.
Later, they performed a rap song about the year's films that repeated a swear refrain about DiCaprio being eaten by a bear in The Revenant.
Other winners included Chris Pratt (action performance for Jurassic World), Amy Poehler (virtual performance as Joy in Inside Out) and Straight Outta Compton, which won for true story. Ryan Reynolds won comedic performance and best fight two prizes for Deadpool which he shared with Ed Skein.
The ceremony also included new footage from Suicide Squad and Captain America: Civil War. Eddie Redmayne unveiled a new trailer for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
Ridley and Abrams accepted the night's top prize from Samuel L Jackson and Alexander Skarsgard, co-stars in the forthcoming The Legend of Tarzan. Skarsgard came onstage wearing a tuxedo jacket and no trousers, saying: "You got to give the fans a little skin."
Here is the full list of winners:
Movie of the Year
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Best Female Performance
Charlize Theron (Mad Max: Fury Road)
Best Male Performance
Chris Pratt (Jurassic World)
Daisy Ridley (Star Wars: The Force Awakens)
Best Comedic Performance
Ryan Reynolds (Deadpool)
Best Action Performance
Chris Pratt (Jurassic World)
Jennifer Lawrence (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2)
Adam Driver (Star Wars: The Force Awakens)
Best Virtual Performance
Amy Poehler (Inside Out)
Straight Outta Compton
Pitch Perfect 2
Rebel Wilson & Adam DeVine (Pitch Perfect 2)
Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds) vs. Ajax (Ed Skrein) (Deadpool)
MTV Generation Award
Comedic Genius Award
The MTV Movie Awards are set to air in the early hours of Sunday on MTV