Actress Shailene Woodley took a few more steps toward owning the MTV demographic that Jennifer Lawrence and Kristen Stewart have had a stranglehold on the last few years Sunday by claiming a pair of awards at the top of the 2015 MTV Movie Awards: Best Actress for her work in “The Fault in Our Stars” and the Trailblazer Award for forging her own path in the industry.
“I was here three years ago when Emma Stone won this award and I remember what she said,” Woodley said from the Nokia Theatre stage in accepting the Trailblazer honor. “She came up here and defined what a trailblazer is…and in her speech she said we meet thousands of people we're inspired by but we'll never be anyone other than ourselves. In thinking about that I realized we can't truly be ourselves without a community to reflect back to ourselves who we are.”
She also took a moment just before accepting the prize, presented by her “Spectacular Now” co-star Miles Teller, to remind everyone of what an unsung hero Teller was last season. “I think that award should actually go to you because you were amazing in 'Whiplash,'” she exclaimed.
Woodley won the Best Actress award earlier in the evening for her performance in “The Fault in Our Stars” after Jennifer Lawrence and Kristen Stewart have spent the last six years winning three in a row. She beat out some stiff competition, too. Lawrence was in there, for the latest installment in the waning “Hunger Games” franchise,” as were Oscar nominees Emma Stone (“Birdman”) and Reese Witherspoon (“Wild”), as well as “Lucy” star Scarlett Johansson.
There are a few more “Divergent” films still to come for Woodley, but she'll also pop up as Edward Snowden's girlfriend Lindsay Mills opposite Joseph Gordon-Levitt in Oliver Stone's “Snowden” later this year.
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