Ashton Sanders and Jharrel Jerome won the award for “Best Kiss” at the MTV Movie & TV Awards on Sunday night for their romantic beachside moment in the Oscar-winning Moonlight.
“This award is bigger than Jharrel and I,” Sanders said during his acceptance speech. “This represents more than a kiss. This is for those that feel like the others, the misfits. This represents us.”
“I think it’s safe to say that it is okay for young performers, especially us minority performers, to step out of the box,” Jerome added. “This award is for that. It’s for artists who need to step out of the box and do whatever it takes to tell a story and whatever it takes to make a change, to get people to wake up.”
The guys beat out La La Land‘s Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling and Beauty and the Beast‘s Emma Watson and Dan Stevens for the honor of best smooch.