Jennifer Coolidge supports writers’ strike at MTV Movie & TV Awards

(CNN) Jennifer Coolidge loves two things: popcorn and screenwriters.

Coolidge made that clear in a pre-recorded speech during Sunday’s MTV Movie & TV Awards broadcast, where the “White Lotus” star accepted a special Comedic Genius award.

After commenting on the irony that the golden popcorn statuette is of her favorite food (she was later seen munching on real popcorn while accepting another award for best scared performance), Coolidge showed some love to members of the Writers Guild of America, who are currently on strike.

“Almost all great comedies start with great writers and I just think as a proud member of SAG (the Screen Actors Guild) I stand here before you tonight alongside my sisters and brothers from the WGA who are fighting right now, fighting for the rights of artists around the world,” Coolidge said.

She went to quote William Shakespeare, saying, “the play is the thing”.

“I don’t want to put words in his mouth, but I think that’s EVERYTHING,” she concluded, before breaking into a dance as House of Pain’s “Jump Around” played back. -plan.

Joseph Quinn, who won Best Breakthrough Performance for his role as Eddie Munson on Season 4 of ‘Stranger Things’, also referenced the ongoing strike, saying in his pre-recorded speech, “Being a writer is hard work. , and he deserves respect.”

Pedro Pascal also praised the writers, while accepting the Best Show award for “The Last of Us” on behalf of showrunners Craig Mazin and Neil Druckmann. “We stand in solidarity with the WGA fighting very hard for fair wages,” he said.

WGA members began picketing on May 2 after the guild and major studios and streamers failed to reach agreement on a new contract. The strike has already affected many productions, including the MTV Movie & TV Awards themselves.

Drew Barrymore stepped down as host to support the writers, and a pre-recorded show aired instead of what was supposed to be a live show after WGA West announced plans to picket the venue. the Los Angeles event. Pre-recorded clips featuring Barrymore and pre-recorded speeches from the winners aired, with clips of past MTV Movie & TV Award moments filling the space between award shows.

Other productions affected by the strike include all of the network’s late-night shows, which shut down Tuesday when the strike began, as well as “Saturday Night Live,” which canceled this weekend’s show. which would have seen Pete Davidson return as host.

Netflix’s “Stranger Things” too announcement Saturday that they halted production on Season 5 due to the strike, further delaying the highly anticipated final season.

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