If you’ve been on social media in 2023, chances are you’ve seen it Pedro Pascal … very. That bodes well for him at the MTV Movie and TV Awards, which are decided by fans voting online. He earned two nominations this year for his performance in “The Last of Us.” Can he win both?
Pascal rose to fame as Westeros’ beloved bisexual anti-hero Oberyn Martell on “Game of Thrones,” but even as popular as that show was, the actor didn’t rise to meme status until recently. He now plays the bounty hunter in the “Star Wars” series “The Mandalorian,” where he rarely shows his face, but most recently appeared – mask off – as Joel Miller in HBO’s adaptation of the iconic video game “The Last of Us.” As the protective guardian of a girl who could hold the key to reversing the apocalypse, he has risen to new heights of popularity.
Now he’s up for Best Hero at the MTV Movie and TV Awards, as well as Best Duo with his “Last of Us” co-star. Bella Ramsay. And he is currently the first to win both, according to the combined predictions of Gold Derby users so far. For Best Hero he gets previous odds of 11/2 with the support of 19 of our top 24 users and 21 of our top 24 All-Stars. He’s also 11/2 odds to win Best Duo, backed by 19 of our Top Users and 21 All Stars. In both cases its closest competitor is Jenna Ortega (“Wednesday”), which has itself built a devoted following.
It’s actually not the first time that Pascal has been nominated in these two categories. He competed in both for the aforementioned “Mandalorian” in 2021. That year, he and Baby Yoda lost Best Duo to the stars of “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan. And he lost again to Mackie for best hero. Luckily for him and Ramsey, they don’t have a Marvel competition for Best Duo, although they’re up against the MCU star Paul Rudd for “Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania” in the Best Hero race. An MCU hero has won this award for the past four years in a row. Will this continue or will Joel mow him down like a hospital full of Fireflies?
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