MTV (DStv channel 130) today announced that comedian and actor Kevin Hart will receive the MTV “Comedic Genius Award” during the 2015 MTV Movie Awards, airing on Monday 13 April at 21:00 CAT (Red Carpet show begins 20:30 CAT). For the live premiere tune in to MTV at 02:00 CAT, Monday 13 April (1:30 am for live Red Carpet show).
Presented by late-night funnyman Jimmy Kimmel, the award will honour Hart for his bold and irreverent comedic style that has captivated audiences from his movies and sitcoms, to stand-up specials, award show performances and in front of packed arenas of fans. The first recipient of the award was Hart’s Get Hard co-star, Will Ferrell, in 2013.
Hart, known for his raw and unfiltered comedy, joins the star-studded line-up for this year’s show, including host Amy Schumer, “Trailblazer Award” recipient Shailene Woodley and confirmed presenters Miles Teller, Reese Witherspoon, Vin Diesel and Sofia Vergara.
Hart made his comedic debut during an amateur night at a Philadelphia comedy club and was instantly hooked. He quit his job as a shoe salesman and began performing full time. In 2011, during the “Laugh At My Pain” comedy tour, Hart sold out the Nokia Theater two nights in a row breaking the record previously set by Eddie Murphy.
With his passion for stand-up, Hart continues to tour the country to sold-out audiences and has grown his empire to include box-office hits including: Ride Along, The Wedding Ringer, Think Like A Man, The Five Year Engagement, Little Fockers, Fool’s Gold, Death at a Funeral, Along Came Polly and The 40 Year Old Virgin. His latest movie, Get Hard, with Will Ferrell opened this weekend. On television, Hart has been equally as successful as executive producer of the BET hit show “Real Husbands of Hollywood” along with other television credits that includes his most recent role as Roastmaster for the Comedy Central Roast of Justin Bieber.
This year’s nominees span every film genre from dystopian universes (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 and The Maze Runner) to heart-felt coming of age stories (The Fault In Our Stars and Boyhood), out-of-this-world comedies (Guardians of the Galaxy, Neighbors, The Interview, The Wedding Ringer and Top Five), real-life heroes (Selma and American Sniper) and more. Fans will witness epic match-ups between the likes of Channing Tatum and Chris Pratt taking on funnymen Chris Rock and Kevin Hart for “Best Comedic Performance”, Rosario Dawson battling it out with Jason Sudeikis, Jonah Hill and Seth Rogen for “Best WTF Moment”, Meryl Streep and J.K. Simmons vying for “Best Villain” and Zac Efron defending his 2014 title for “Best Shirtless Performance” against the gorgeous Kate Upton and teen heartthrob Ansel Elgort.
Additional nominees include: Reese Witherspoon, David Oyelowo, Scarlett Johansson, Eddie Redmayne, Jennifer Lawrence, Dylan O’Brien, Emma Stone, Chris Pratt, Shailene Woodley, Miles Teller, Jennifer Lopez, Chris Evans, Zoe Saldana, James Franco, Rosamund Pike, Bradley Cooper, Elizabeth Banks and many more. Fans can cast their votes for their favourites at www.MovieAwards.MTV.com until Saturday 11 April. Voting for “Movie of the Year” will continue throughout the live broadcast of the show.
The “2015 MTV Movie Awards” will officially kick-off the summer blockbuster season, promising to deliver yet another epically funny, explosive, over-the-top show that features fan favourite films, actors and musicians. In addition, the show will honour the best films and performances from the past year, while featuring exclusive, never-before-seen moments from some of the most highly anticipated summer films. Nominations will be announced at a later date. The telecast will air across MTV’s global network 60+ channels and 200 digital media properties reaching more than half a billion households around the world.