A History of Gay Kisses at the MTV Movie & TV Awards

Pucker up.

Gay kisses have long been a mainstay at the MTV Movie & TV Awards—in fact, this year, the kiss between Nick Robinson and Keiynan Lonsdale in Love, Simon is up for Best Kiss.

So we’re taking a look back at the legacy of gay kisses at the ceremony, both on screen and on stage.

  • Gina Gershon and Jennifer Tilly, Bound

    The first same-sex smooch nominated for Best Kiss didn’t win, but it should’ve.

  • Kevin Kline and Tom Selleck, In & Out

    This 1997 comedy didn’t quite get it right when it came to the reality of coming out, but it did mark the first time two men were nominated for Best Kiss.

  • Selma Blair and Sarah Michelle Gellar, Cruel Intentions

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    cruel intentions

    The 1999 teen drama saw Gellar as a manipulative diva who turns naive Blair into her puppet—and gets a big wet kiss from in a pivotal scene.

    Their win marked the first gay kiss to take home a trophy, and the two delivered a more conservative smooch at the awards themselves.

  • Jason Biggs and Sean William Scott, American Pie 2

    The American Pie movies were full of homoerotic hijinks, but none so much as 2001’s American Pie 2, where Stifler and Jim had to make out to please some horny sorority sisters.

    In his acceptance speech, Sean William Scott thanked all the girls he’d ever made out with—as well as Ashton Kutcher, his kissing partner in Dude, Where’s My Car?

  • Owen Wilson, Carmen Electra and Amy Smart, Starsky & Hutch

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    It was all about the “triple kiss” in 2004, when Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson turned the bromantic cop show into a feature film.

    Carmen Electra accepted the award on behalf of her S&H costars, and gave a sweet peck to presenters Paris Hilton and Snoop Dog. We would have loved to see Owen Wilson accept the honor that way.

  • Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger, Brokeback Mountain

    The scene between Ennis and Jack in Brokeback was more serious than other Best Kiss winners, but that doesn’t mean the stars didn’t have the award in mind when they shot it.

    Said Gyllenhaal when accepting the award in 2006, “I said to Heath after we finished, ’if we don’t win the MTV Movie Award for Best Kiss, then it wasn’t worth it.”

    It was worth it, Jake.

  • Will Ferrell and Sacha Baron Cohen, Talladega Nights

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    It’s probably the longest kiss in MTV Movie Awards history: During their acceptance speech, Cohen chided Ferrell for never calling him back after they kissed five times on set. “They’re called takes,” Ferrell barked back.

    Cohen slaps him, before the two engaged in a full-on, hands-groping, rolling-on-the-floor makeup session.

  • James Franco and Sean Penn, Milk

    Penn and Franco’s passionate smooch in the 2009 biopic was nominated for Best Kiss, but didn’t win.

  • Paul Rudd and Thomas Lennon, I Love You, Man


    This 2009 bro comedy sees Rudd as a socially awkward husband looking for a best friend. He thinks he’s found it, but it turns out in Lennon thought they were on a romantic date. While the smooch didn’t win Best Kiss, it was a nice twist on the usual “gay panic” joke.

  • Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse

    Pattinson was actually accepting the award for his liplock with Kristen Stewart, but he mixed things up by planting a big wet one someone else at the show.

    “There’s someone else in the audience that will appreciate it a little more,” Pattinson noted before rushing the audience and smooching co-star Taylor Lautner.

  • James Franco and Seth Rogen, The Interview

    James Franco And Seth Rogen The Interview
    The Interview

    Franco got his second Best Kiss nomination for his awkward liplock with Rogen in 2014’s The Interview. Considering how few people saw the movie, this may be the first you’re hearing about it.

  • Rose Byrne and Halston Sage, Neighbors

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    The same year, Rogen’s co-stars, Rose Byrne and Halston Sage, got a nom for their kiss (in front of Franco’s brother, Dave, no less).

  • Ashton Sanders and Jharrel Jerome, Moonlight

    Not only did Moonlight win Best Picture at the 89th Academy Awards, but the actors portraying playing Chiron and Kevin in their teenage years walked away with Best Kiss at the 2016 MTV Movie & TV Awards.

The MTV Movie & TV Awards will air Monday, June 18 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on MTV.

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