During this year's MTV Movie & TV Awards, Brie Larson brought her two Captain Marvel stunt doubles on stage with her while accepting the award for Best Fight. Marvel's first female-led solo film was a smashing success this year, even becoming one of the top 3 movies of 2019 at the box office. Not only that, but her debut alongside the Avengers in Avengers: Endgame made Larson an even bigger household name. Endgame, after combining both domestic and international totals at the box office, raked in a total of $2.74 billion, so it comes as no surprise that Carol Danvers' origin story is getting some awards recognition alongside the Avengers' latest outing.
Disney has been having a banner year so far, not only with their Marvel releases, but their animated and live-action features as well. With plenty coming up on their slate, such as the highly anticipated Toy Story 4 and The Lion King, they show no signs of slowing down. The MTV Movie & TV Awards, hosted by Shazam's Zachary Levi, gave some of its highest honors away to the Mouse House as well. Endgame went on to be the biggest winner of the evening, taking home the award for Best Movie of the Year ahead of BlacKkKlansman, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, To All the Boys I've Loved Before, and Us. While Captain Marvel received a nomination for Best Hero alongside the nomination for Best Fight.
And in true Larson fashion, she acknowledged the women who helped her bring Captain Marvel to life. Before accepting her award, she brought her two stunt doubles, Joanna Bennett and Renae Moneymaker, on stage. In a heartfelt Instagram post, she said, "If you love Captain Marvel, you love [them]." She went on to say that the two women, "risk their lives while doing mind blowing things," in order to, "bring magic to the screen." She added that they do it with, "grace and grit and humor," and that to be, "so generously brought into their world, to be encouraged by them, to be in the thick of literal blood, sweat and tears with them is a gift [she] won't forget." See Larson's post below.
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If you love Captain Marvel you love @joannabennett_ and @nae_z_may - these are the women who were my stunt doubles and trained me for 2 hours every day for 3 months. These women risk their lives while doing mind blowing things to bring magic to the screen. And they do it with grace and grit and humor. To be so generously brought into their world, to be encouraged by them, to be in the thick of literal blood, sweat and tears with them is a gift I won’t forget. At the MTV Movie Awards I had the chance to bring them on stage after we won Best Fight. I love you Nae and Jo! I’m a better person because of the time I spent with you. Thank you again to everyone who voted. We feel real lucky! ❤️🤘
Larson's continued vocal support of marginalized voices in the industry is nothing new. She's a heavy advocate for change and progression in the entertainment industry, which had garnered a ridiculous amount of criticism prior to Captain Marvel's release. Regardless, she continues to fight the good fight. Captain Marvel's future still looks bright as the MCU begins to shift into Phase 4, and Larson appears ready and excited for what's to come.
Seeing Larson thank those that helped breathe life into Captain Marvel is an exciting and emotional thing. Many stunt doubles, or a lot of folks working behind-the-scenes, rarely get recognition for the work that they do. This conversation even made the rounds last year when the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences had announced a new category for the Oscars, the Popular Film Category. It was quickly dismissed, but a slew of people had begun vocalizing the importance of adding in an award for Best Stunt Work. Larson's acknowledgment of Bennett and Moneymaker on Captain Marvel could be the first step in that direction.
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