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Tom Cruise accepts MTV award mid-flight, says “I love entertaining you.”

Tom Cruise Takes Flight at 2023 MTV Movies & TV Awards

Tom Cruise soared to new heights at the 2023 MTV Movies & TV Awards on Sunday night, accepting the award for “Best Performance in a Movie” for his role in “Top Gun: Maverick.” The 60-year-old actor delivered his acceptance speech in true Maverick style, with a video clip of himself piloting a fighter plane while wearing sunglasses and speaking into a headset. Cruise made sure his golden popcorn trophy was inside the plane and visible as he delivered his thanks for the honor, which is determined by audience votes.

A Wild Ride Ahead

Cruise encouraged everyone to see his upcoming action film “Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One,” which debuts in theaters on July 12. The actor described the project as a “wild ride.”

“You have a wonderful summer. Thank you again for letting me entertain you. It’s an absolute privilege. We’ll see you at the movies,” the actor concluded.

Other Nominees

Other nominees in the “Best Performance” category included:

  • Austin Butler (“Elvis”)
  • Florence Pugh (“Don’t Worry Darling”)
  • Keke Palmer (“Nope”)
  • Michael B. Jordan (“Creed III”)

“Top Gun: Maverick” had the most nominations for MTV movie awards this year. In the TV categories, “Stranger Things” and “The Last of Us” also had six nominations. This year’s awards were supposed to be live and in person with Drew Barrymore as host, but producers had to make a last-minute change due to the ongoing Hollywood writer’s strike.

“Maverick” grossed more than $1.4 billion at the global box office and more than $690 million domestically after three months in theaters, making it one of the highest-grossing movies of all time, Variety reported.

Cruise filmed a special thank you for fans and jumped out of a helicopter over South Africa in December 2022. While audience scores for the film remained high, critics were less favorable in their reviews. The movie was nominated for three Academy Awards but only won Best Sound in what was considered a major snub by the industry. Cruise did not attend the Oscars ceremony in March.

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