It was a night of bittersweet celebration and some cheeky interplay as the Teen Choice Awards 2018 unspooled with plenty of on stage action at The Forum in Los Angeles.
The ceremony, which was hosted by Nick Cannon and Lele Pons, saw teen drama Riverdale sweep the awards with nine wins, while Zac Efron threw some love at Hugh Jackman on stage in a long and rambling speech.
The night saw some great performances by Khalid, Lauv, Evvie McKinney, Bebe Rexha and Meghan Trainor, while Chris Pratt, Chloe Grace Moretz, Anna Kendrick and Nina Dobrev beamed their way on the red carpet.
Gulf News tabloid! breaks down the top moments of the night:
Zac Efron fanboying the cast of The Greatest Showman
One of the best things to come out of The Greatest Showman — aside from the soundtrack — is the budding bromance between the lead stars Hugh Jackman and Zac Efron. Love was in the air as Efron gushed over his acceptance speech while winning three awards on the night, including Choice Drama Movie Actor, Choice Movie Ship (with Zendaya) and Choice Collaboration (Rewrite the Stars).
Speaking on his win, Efron said: “Like, from the bottom of my heart, I couldn’t ask for a more cooler, 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.”
Just when you thought, the actor had rambled on long enough, Efron took a breath and continued to thank Zendaya as well, with a final message: “Look what we did! We rewrote the stars!”
Anna Kendrick throwing shade at Ryan Reynolds
If there was ever any doubt why everyone loves Anna Kendrick, her acceptance speech after winning the surfboard for Choice Comedy Movie Actress and a surprise Choice Twit gong was a riot.
Needless to say, Kendrick used the opportunity to fuel her mock feud with Ryan Reynolds.
“Ok, did I just hear that I won Choice Twitter? Oh my God!… I have so much fun on Twitter. And I know that Mindy [Kaling] and Kumail [Nanjiani] were also nominated,” she said, before adding: “And also I know that Ryan Reynolds was nominated, so in your face Ryan! Stay in your lane!”
The Pitch Perfect 3 star has been hilariously shading Reynolds on social media with a little help from his wife Blake Lively, and her co-star from A Simple Favor.
In June, Lively tweeted an image of the poster of the upcoming thriller, posting: “@annakendrick47 is the hotter, female(r) version of my husband... so, would it reaaaally count as cheating??”
Kendrick soon chimed in to write: “So glad we’re finally taking this public. I let Ryan have Deadpool, he can give me this.”
Reynolds, meanwhile, wouldn’t have any of it. In an interview with ET at Comic-Con, Reynolds responded to the war of tweets saying: “I know a lot of guys that would be fine with that, but not me. I would like to hang onto her.”
Riverdale’s still waters run deep
The teen drama swept the Teen Choice Awards with a total of nine solid wins, including Choice Drama TV Show and Choice Liplock. The whole cast, including KJ Apa, Cole Sprouse, Lili Reinhart, Camila Mendes, Madelaine Petsch and Vanessa Morgan, turned up for the night with their cheeky behaviour firmly in check.
Apa was on a roll with that epic photobomb of real-life couple Sprouse and Reinhart who won Choice TV Ship and Liplock. Although, Sprouse, who plays Jughead on the Archie-comics inspired show, wouldn’t let Apa get off so easily.
While accepting the Choice Drama TV show, Sprouse gave his best bud a friendly little spank on stage to ebb him on with his speech.
Shadowhunters for the win
It was a bittersweet moment for fans when the cast of the Freeform series, Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments, turned up on stage to accept the surfboard for the Choice Sci-Fi TV Show. Earlier this week, the show’s makers confirmed there would be no fourth season after it wraps up the current one.
Fans have been campaigning for Netflix or some other streaming platform to come in to sweep the day.
After seven nominations, this Choice win, along with an award for lead star Matthew Daddario for Choice Sci-Fi TV Actor, was a fitting end to the series for fans.
Spoiler alert: It’s Chris Hemsworth again
When Chris Hemsworth is in the picture, you can be rest assured some goofy antic is about to go down. The Aussie star accepted his Choice Sci-Fi Movie Actor via FaceTime, with a little help from the awards mascot, Choicey.
Hopping with glee, Hemsworth, who plays Thor in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, was quick to give fans a bit of gossip of what would go down in the upcoming sequel to Avengers: Infinity War.
Unfortunately for us, the connection quiet conveniently cut off at all the key moments. Although, Hemsworth did get a final message out where he thanked his fans for the win, before shouting: “Thanos! Stop killing my friends!”
All hail the BTS Army
K-Pop continued its global domination with boy band BTS and its Army of fans winning top awards at the Teen Choice 2018. While BTS was not around to accept its Choice International Artist for the second consecutive year, its Army of fans were definitely around to win Choice Fandom, beating out against fans of Taylor Swift, Fifth Harmony and One Direction. That is a feat in itself.
Watching them storm the Teen Choice stage was pure gold!
FULL LIST OF WINNERS
Choice Action Movie: Avengers: Infinity War
Choice Action Movie Actor: Robert Downey Jr (Avengers: Infinity War)
Choice Action Movie Actress: Scarlett Johansson (Avengers: Infinity War)
Choice Sci-Fi Movie: Black Panther
Choice Sci-Fi Movie Actor: Chris Hemsworth (Thor: Ragnarok)
Choice Sci-Fi Movie Actress: Letitia Wright (Black Panther)
Choice Fantasy Movie: Coco
Choice Fantasy Movie Actor: Anthony Gonzalez (Coco)
Choice Fantasy Movie Actress: Carrie Fisher (Star Wars: The Last Jedi)
Choice Drama Movie: The Greatest Showman
Choice Drama Movie Actor: Zac Efron (The Greatest Showman)
Choice Drama Movie Actress: Zendaya (The Greatest Showman)
Choice Comedy Movie: Love, Simon
Choice Comedy Movie Actor: Dwayne Johnson (Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle)
Choice Comedy Movie Actress: Anna Kendrick (Pitch Perfect 3)
Choice Summer Movie: Incredibles 2
Choice Summer Movie Actor: Chris Pratt (Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom)
Choice Summer Movie Actress: Bryce Dallas Howard (Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom)
Choice Movie Villain: Michael B. Jordan (Black Panther)
Choice Breakout Movie Star: Nick Robinson (Love, Simon)
Choice MovieShip: Zac Efron and Zendaya (The Greatest Showman)
Choice Drama TV Show: Riverdale
Choice Drama TV Actor: Cole Sprouse (Riverdale)
Choice Drama TV Actress: Lili Reinhart (Riverdale)
Choice Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Show: Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments
Choice Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actor: Matthew Daddario (Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments)
Choice Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actress: Millie Bobby Brown (Stranger Things)
Choice Action TV Show: The Flash
Choice Action TV Actor: Grant Gustin (The Flash)
Choice Action TV Actress: Melissa Benoist (Supergirl)
Choice Comedy TV Show: The Big Bang Theory
Choice Comedy TV Actor: Jaime Camil (Jane the Virgin)
Choice Comedy TV Actress: Gina Rodriguez (Jane the Virgin)
Choice Animated TV Show: Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir
Choice Reality TV Show: Keeping Up With the Kardashians
Choice Throwback TV Show: Friends
Choice TV Personality: Chrissy Teigen (Lip Sync Battle)
Choice TV Villain: Mark Consuelos (Riverdale)
Choice Breakout TV Show: On My Block
Choice Breakout TV Star: Vanessa Morgan (Riverdale)
Choice TV Ship: Cole Sprouse & Lili Reinhart (Riverdale)
Films and TV
Choice Liplock: Cole Sprouse & Lili Reinhart (Riverdale)
Choice Hissy Fit: Madelaine Petsch (Riverdale)
Choice Scene Stealer: Vanessa Morgan (Riverdale)
Choice Summer TV Show: So You Think You Can Dance
Choice Summer TV Star: Olivia Holt (Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger)
Choice Male Artist: Louis Tomlinson
Choice Female Artist: Camila Cabello
Choice Music Group: 5 Seconds of Summer
Choice Country Artist: Carrie Underwood
Choice Electronic/Dance Artist: The Chainsmokers
Choice Latin Artist: CNCO
Choice R&B/Hip-Hop Artist: Cardi B
Choice Rock Artist: Imagine Dragons
Choice Song: Female Artist: Camila Cabello (feat. Young Thug) for Havana
Choice Song: Male Artist: Ed Sheeran for Perfect
Choice Song: Group: 5 Seconds of Summer for Youngblood
Choice Collaboration: Zac Efron & Zendaya for Rewrite the Stars (The Greatest Showman soundtrack)
Choice Pop Song: In My Blood by Shawn Mendes
Choice Country Song: Meant to Be by Bebe Rexha (feat. Florida Georgia Line
Choice Electronic/Dance Song: All Night by Steve Aoki & Lauren Jauregui
Choice Latin Song: Familiar by Liam Payne & J Balvin
Choice R&B/Hip-Hop Song: Love Lies by Khalidi & Normani
Choice Rock/Alternative Song: Whatever It Takes by Imagine Dragons
Choice Breakout Artist: Khalid
Choice Next Big Thing: Jackson Wang
Choice International Artist: BTS
Choice Summer Song: Back To You by Selena Gomez
Choice Summer Male Artist: Shawn Mendes
Choice Summer Female Artist: Camila Cabello
Choice Summer Group: 5 Seconds of Summer
Choice Summer Tour: Harry Styles — Live on Tour