MTV Movie Awards 2016: Daisy Ridley wins Breakthrough Performance for Star Wars: The Force Awakens | EW.com

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MTV Movie Awards 2016: Daisy Ridley wins Breakthrough Performance

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Daisy Ridley got an early birthday present at the MTV Movie Awards.

The Star Wars: The Force Awakens star, who turns 24 on Sunday, won the golden popcorn statuette for Breakthrough Performance at Saturday’s ceremony.

“It feels especially amazing to be part of a film that represents all genders, all races, and all ages in a positive way,” Ridley said as she accepted the prize.

The British actress had a big year as part of The Force Awakens, giving fans a new hero to cheer for in Rey, the young scavenger from Jakku who finds she’s strong with the Force and can wield a lightsaber like the best of them. Ridley beat out Amy Schumer (Trainwreck), Brie Larson (Room), Dakota Johnson (Fifty Shades of Grey), John Boyega (Star Wars: The Force Awakens), and O’Shea Jackson Jr. (Straight Outta Compton) for the honor.

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Her win was one of three picked up by Star Wars: The Force Awakens at the MTV Movie Awards. The film also picked up Best Villain for Adam Driver’s Kylo Ren, and the night’s top prize, Movie of the Year.

“Bringing in my 24th year with JJ @mtv Movie Awards!” she captioned a photo on Instagram of her and Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams at the ceremony. “Thank you so much to everyone that voted for Breakthrough and Movie!!!!” 

 

The MTV Movie Awards were handed out on Saturday, but the Kevin Hart and Dwayne Johnson-hosted show will air Sunday at 8 p.m. ET on MTV. Head here to see the full list of winners.