‘Star Wars’ And The MTV Movie Awards: What Might Have Been

There were no MTV Movie Awards when “Star Wars” was released in 1977 (there was no MTV yet, either). If there were, it’s a safe bet that the film would have swept pretty much all of the categories. Aside from Movie of the Year and Best Cast, “Star Wars” would surely have blown away the competition in these races:

Best Male Performance: Harrison Ford (Han Solo)

Best Female Performance: Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia)

Best Comedic Performance: Anthony Daniels (C-3PO)

Breakthrough Performance: Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker)

Best On-Screen Transformation: Kenny Baker (R2-D2)

Best Fight: David Prowse/James Earl Jones (Darth Vader) vs. Alec Guinness (Obi-Wan Kenobi)

Best On-Screen Dirtbag: Peter Cushing (Grand Moff Tarkin)

Though the entire original “Star Wars” trilogy predated the Movie Awards, a notable honor was subsequently given to one of its most important figures. During the 1997 show, Chewbacca was given a Lifetime Achievement Award, presented by host Mike Myers. Carrie Fisher was on hand to show her support, calling Chewy “one of the kindest, gentlest creatures I’ve ever worked with.” My only hope is that this year’s Lifetime Achievement honoree will be equally worthy.

In The Comlink, “Star Wars” fan and MTV News producer Tami Katzoff explores the glory days of a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. Whether you’re Team Jedi or Team Sith, friend of Wookiees or wanted by bounty hunters, any and all “Star Wars” fans are welcome along for the ride.