Horror film Get Out leads expanded, gender-free MTV Movie and TV Awards

Horror comedy Get Out, the hit movie with a racial twist, led nominations on Thursday for the MTV Movie and TV Awards in a list that dispenses with gender classifications and pits film, television and streaming shows against each other.

Top contenders include Atlanta, Game of Thrones, This is Us, Hidden Figures, Logan, Moonlight

Jordan Peele's horror comedy film Get Out is the top nominee for the revamped MTV Film and TV Awards, including a nod for lead actor Daniel Kaluuya. (Universal Pictures/YouTube)
  Horror comedy  Get Out, the hit movie with a racial twist, led nominations on Thursday for the MTV Movie and TV Awards in a list that dispenses with gender classifications and pits film,  television and streaming shows against each other.

Get Out, written and directed by comedian Jordan Peele, earned six nominations including for movie of the year, best actor for star Daniel Kaluuya, best villain and a new category called "best fight against the system."

Get Out centres on an interracial couple played by Kaluuya, right, and Allison Williams. (Justin Lubin/Universal Pictures/AP)
We're living in a golden age of content, and great storytelling and characters resonate regardless of whether you're watching it in a theatre or on TV.- Chris McCarthy, MTV president 

Previously known as the MTV Movie Awards, the youth-orientated network widened the categories of its annual show to include television for the first time.

This year's show will air live from Los Angeles on May 7 and will be hosted by Adam DeVine of the Pitch Perfect movies and Comedy Central's Workaholics series.

"We're living in a golden age of content, and great storytelling and characters resonate regardless of whether you're watching it in a theatre or on TV," Chris McCarthy, president of MTV, said in a statement.

Move to gender-neutral categories 

MTV, known for its irreverent awards shows, also replaced its former best actor and actress categories with the all-embracing, gender-neutral "best actor in a movie" and "best actor in a show."

The changes produced a list of nominations on Thursday that included Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke competing for best actor in a show against Donald Glover of Atlanta and Mandy Moore from This is Us.

The fan favourite best kiss category included nods for the teenage same-sex embrace between Ashton Sanders and Jharrel Jerome in the Oscar-winning movie Moonlight, and for Taraji P. Henson and Terrence Howard from TV hip-hop industry drama Empire.

Taraji P. Henson, left, and Terrence Howard are nominated for their TV hit Empire. (Chuck Hodes/Fox/AP)
  Other key nominations included movie  Beauty and the Beast and Netflix sci-fi horror show  Stranger Things, with four nods each.

Scoring three nominations each were TV shows AtlantaGame of Thrones and This is Us, along with movies Hidden FiguresLogan and Moonlight.

The MTV awards show features the stars of blockbuster productions and has established itself as a laid-back antidote to Hollywood's awards season, which tends to honor more serious fare. Winners are chosen by fans voting online.

New categories this year include best American story, for a TV show or movie that showcases America at its "open and diverse" best. MTV said "best fight against the system" (formerly best fight) will recognize the TV show or movie whose characters exemplify a fight "against a system that tries to keep them down."