Tom Cruise, the 60-year-old Hollywood actor received the Best Performance in a movie award for his role in the blockbuster sequel Top Gun: Maverick during the 2023 MTV Movie & TV Awards broadcast.
The fans voted for the award and Cruise expressed his gratitude for it in a unique way. In a clip that was shown during the broadcast, the actor was seen inside a fighter plane high up in the sky wearing sunglasses and speaking into a headset. His golden popcorn trophy was inside the aircraft with him.
Tom Cruise expresses his gratitude for fans while teasing his upcoming movie in his acceptance speech at the MTV Movie & TV Awards.
In his thank-you speech, Cruise acknowledged his fans’ role in his success and said, “I make these films for you. I love you. I love entertaining you. To know how much you enjoy it, how much you appreciate it, there’s just no better feeling.” He also took the opportunity to plug his upcoming action movie Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One, which will be in theaters on July 12, calling it a “wild ride.”
Cruise’s competition in the category was tough with the likes of Austin Butler (Elvis), Florence Pugh (Don’t Worry Darling), Keke Palmer (Nope) and Michael B. Jordan (Creed III) vying for the award. Going into the ceremony, Top Gun: Maverick had the most nominations for movies this year while Stranger Things and The Last of Us led in scripted television, both with six nominations.
This year’s MTV Movie & TV Awards had a last-minute switch away from the previously planned live format after host Drew Barrymore backed out of the gig in solidarity with the ongoing Hollywood writers strike. Despite this setback, the awards show aired on MTV and was simulcasted across BET, BETHer, Comedy Central, CMT, Logo, MTV2, Nickelodeon, Paramount Network, Pop, TV Land and VH1.
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The evening’s winners accepted their awards in pre-taped speeches and Cruise’s unique acceptance speech stood out among them. The actor’s passion for his craft and his love for his fans were evident in his words. His gratitude for the recognition he received was apparent and his plug for his upcoming movie was an added bonus for his fans.
In conclusion, Tom Cruise’s unique acceptance speech at the 2023 MTV Movie & TV Awards was a testament to his love for his fans and his craft. His acknowledgment of his fans’ role in his success and his passion for entertaining them were heartwarming.
His plug for his upcoming movie was a clever way to generate more interest in it. With this award, Cruise has once again proven that he is one of the most talented and beloved actors of his generation.