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Lupita Nyong'o, Trevor Noah, Ncuti Gatwa and More Nominated for 2019 MTV Movie Awards

We know who we're voting for!

The nominations for the 2019 MTV Movie Awards have been announced, and much like last year when Black Panther dominated the show, and the year before, when Get Out did, some of our favorite performers and projects have the potential to sweep this year's awards.

Namely, Lupita Nyong'o, who has been nominated for two awards for her striking performance as Red in Jordan Peele's Us. The Oscar-winner is nominated for both "Best Performance" In a Movie and "Best Villain." Us has also been nominated in the Best Film category. The actress shared a video showing her getting into character as Red on social media upon hearing the news. "I wonder which character the villain nom is for," she wrote.

Trevor Noah has also earned a nomination for Best Host, for his work on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah.

Rwandan-born newcomer Ncuti Gatwa, who plays the standout, openly gay Nigerian character Eric Effiong on Netflix's coming-of-age comedy Sex Education, has been nominated for "Best Kiss" as well as "Breakthrough Performance."

The actor shared his excitement over the news on Twitter:

We're rooting for all of these very deserving talents! The MTV Movie Awards are determined by the fans, so head here to vote for your favorites, and check out the full list of nominees below.

2019 MTV Movie Awards Nominees:


Avengers: Endgame


Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

To All the Boys I've Loved Before



Big Mouth

Game of Thrones


Schitt's Creek

The Haunting of Hill House


Amandla Stenberg (Starr Carter) β€” The Hate U Give

Lady Gaga (Ally) β€” A Star is Born

Lupita Nyong'o (Red) β€” Us

Rami Malek (Freddie Mercury) β€” Bohemian Rhapsody

Sandra Bullock (Malorie) β€” Bird Box


Elisabeth Moss (June Osborne/Offred) β€” The Handmaid's Tale

Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen) β€” Game of Thrones

Gina Rodriguez (Jane Villanueva) β€” Jane the Virgin

Jason Mitchell (Brandon) β€” The Chi

Kiernan Shipka (Sabrina Spellman) β€” Chilling Adventures of Sabrina


Brie Larson (Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel) β€” Captain Marvel

John David Washington (Ron Stallworth) β€” BlacKkKlansman

Maisie Williams (Arya Stark) β€” Game of Thrones

Robert Downey Jr. (Tony Stark/Iron Man) β€” Avengers: Endgame

Zachary Levi (Billy Batson/Shazam) β€” Shazam!


Jodie Comer (Villanelle) β€” Killing Eve

Joseph Fiennes (Commander Fred Waterford) β€” The Handmaid's Tale

Josh Brolin (Thanos) β€” Avengers: Endgame

Lupita Nyong'o (Red) β€” Us

Penn Badgley (Joe Goldberg) β€” You


Camila Mendes & Charles Melton (Veronica Lodge & Reggie Mantle) β€” Riverdale

Jason Momoa & Amber Heard (Aquaman & Mera) β€” Aquaman

Ncuti Gatwa & Connor Swindells (Eric Effiong & Adam Groff) β€” Sex Education

Noah Centineo & Lana Condor (Peter Kavinsky & Lara Jean) β€” To All the Boys I've Loved Before

Tom Hardy & Michelle Williams (Eddie Brock/Venom & Anne Weying) β€” Venom


Jersey Shore: Family Vacation

Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta

The Bachelor

The Challenge

Vanderpump Rules


Awkwafina (Peik Lin Goh) β€” Crazy Rich Asians

Dan Levy (David Rose) β€” Schitt's Creek

John Mulaney (Andrew Glouberman) β€” Big Mouth

Marsai Martin (Little Jordan Sanders) β€” Little

Zachary Levi (Billy Batson/Shazam) β€” Shazam!


Awkwafina (Peik Lin Goh) β€” Crazy Rich Asians

Haley Lu Richardson (Stella) β€” Five Feet Apart

Mj Rodriguez (Blanca Rodriguez) β€” Pose

Ncuti Gatwa (Eric Effiong) β€” Sex Education

Noah Centineo (Peter Kavinsky) β€” To All the Boys I've Loved Before


Avengers: Endgame β€” Captain America vs. Thanos

Captain Marvel β€” Captain Marvel vs. Minn-Erva

Game of Thrones β€” Arya Stark vs. the White Walkers

RBG β€” Ruth Bader Ginsburg vs. Inequality

WWE Wrestlemania β€” Becky Lynch vs. Ronda Rousey vs. Charlotte Flair


Alex Honnold β€” Free Solo

Hannah Gadsby β€” Nanette

Roman Reigns β€” WWE SmackDown

Ruth Bader Ginsburg β€” RBG

Serena Williams β€” Being Serena


Alex Wolff (Peter) β€” Hereditary

Linda Cardellini (Anna Tate-Garcia) β€” The Curse of La Llorona

Rhian Rees (Dana Haines) β€” Halloween

Sandra Bullock (Malorie) β€” Bird Box

Victoria Pedretti (Nell Crain) β€” The Haunting of Hill House


At the Heart of Gold: Inside the USA Gymnastics Scandal


Minding the Gap


Surviving R. Kelly


Gayle King β€” CBS This Morning

Nick Cannon β€” Wild 'n Out

Nick Cannon β€” The Masked Singer

RuPaul β€” RuPaul's Drag Race

Trevor Noah β€” The Daily Show with Trevor Noah


Lindsay Lohan's Beach Club β€” The Lilo Dance

Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood β€” Ray J's Hat

RBG β€” The Notorious RBG

RuPaul's Drag Race β€” Asia O'Hara's butterfly finale fail

The Bachelor β€” Colton Underwood jumps the fence

Photo: Courtesy of Radswan

Freddie Harrel Is Building Conscious Beauty For and With the African Diaspora

Formerly known as "Big Hair Don't Care", creator Freddie Harrel and her team have released 3 new wig shapes called the "RadShapes" available now.

Photo: Courtesy of Radswan

The normalising of Black and brown women in wigs of various styles has certainly been welcomed by the community, as it has opened up so many creative avenues for Black women to take on leadership roles and make room for themselves in the industry.

Radswan (formerly known as Big Hair Don't Care), is a lifestyle brand "bringing a new perspective on Blackness through hair, by disrupting the synthetic market with innovative and sustainable products." Through their rebrand, Radswan aims to, "upscale the direct-to-consumer experience holistically, by having connected conversations around culture and identity, in order to remove the roots of stigma."

The latest from French-Cameroonian founder and creator Freddie Harrel - who was featured on our list of 100 women of 2020 - has built her career in digital marketing and reputation as an outspoken advocate for women's empowerment. On top of her business ventures, the 2018 'Cosmopolitan Influencer of the Year' uses her platform to advocate for women's empowerment with 'SHE Unleashed,' a workshop series where women of all ages come together to discuss the issues that impact the female experience, including the feeling of otherness, identity politics, unconscious bias, racism and sexism.

And hair is clearly one of her many passions, as Freddie says, "Hair embodies my freest and earliest form of self expression, and as a shapeshifter, I'm never done. I get to forever reintroduce my various angles, tell all my stories to this world that often feels constrained and biased."

Armed with a committee of Black women, Freddie has cultivated Radswan and the aesthetic that comes with the synthetic but luxurious wigs. The wigs are designed to look like as though the hair is growing out of her own head, with matching lace that compliments your own skin colour.

By being the first brand to use recycled fibres, Radswan is truly here to change the game. The team has somehow figured out how to make their products look and feel like the real thing, while using 0% human hair and not negotiating on the price, quality or persona.

In 2019, the company secured Β£1.5m of investment led by BBG Ventures with Female Founders Fund and Pritzker Private Capital participating, along with angelic contributions from Hannah Bronfman, Nashilu Mouen Makoua, and Sonja Perkins.

On the importance of representation and telling Black stories through the products we create, Freddie says, "Hair to me is Sundays kneeling between your mothers or aunties legs, it's your cousin or newly made friend combing lovingly through your hair, whilst you detangle your life out loud. Our constant shapeshifting teaches us to see ourselves in each other, the hands braiding always intimately touching our head more often than not laying someone's lap."

"Big Hair No Care took off in ways we couldn't keep up with," she continues, "RadSwan is our comeback.It's a lifestyle brand, it's the hair game getting an upgrade, becoming fairer and cleaner. It's the platform that recognises and celebrates your identity as a shapeshifter, your individuality and your right to be black like you."

Check out your next hairstyle from Radswan here.

Radswan's RadShape 01Photo: Courtesy of Radswan

Radswan's RadShape 02Photo: Courtesy of Radswan

Radswan's RadShape 03Photo: Courtesy of Radswan

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