20 years after winning Best Kiss at the 2000 #MTVAwards….🍿#MTVAwards: Greatest of All Time honored @SarahMGellar and @SelmaBlair with the Legendary Lip Lock award for their famous kiss in ‘Cruel Intentions’ 💋 pic.twitter.com/OBPf49oAnn— Movie & TV Awards (@MTVAwards) December 7, 2020
Remember Selma Blair and Sarah Michelle Gellar's steamy kiss in Cruel Intentions? Well, they just reenacted it — with a pandemic-appropriate spin, that is. Twenty years after winning best kiss at the 2000 MTV Awards, the actresses were honored during Sunday's MTV Movie Awards: Greatest of All Time special with the legendary lip lock accolade. In a video message, the real-life best friends accepted their golden popcorn trophy and reflected on the lasting impact of their iconic onscreen smooch.
"I think the reason the kiss has resonated with people for so long is not just for the initial shock value," Blair said, "but because it was a catalyst for so many young people to help them realize certain aspects of their sexuality and help make people comfortable to be who they really are." Gellar added, "It also presented a paradigm shift to a new dynamic toward acceptance in pop culture. And also it was superhot." Retweet to that!
As a "special thanks" for the recognition, Gellar and Blair leaned in to re-create the kiss before — BAM! — they both collided with a clear glass divider keeping them apart due to the pandemic. "Stay safe, MTV," Gellar said. "And 2020, end soon."
While sharing a few behind-the-scenes snaps from the award show on Instagram, Blair wrote, "Looking back 20 years ago... A kiss. Between two young actresses. On screen. In a mainstream teen movie. In 2000. It was a sweet and delicious kiss for my character, Cecile . . . What feels so delicious to me now is how it isn't shocking in 2020. It stands for a shift in thinking. I am honored to be the GOAT kiss with my dear friend @sarahmgellar... who has been by my side through the excitement, the slow times, the changes, the kids, in sickness and in health . . . May we all kiss one day again soon. This one will always be a point of pride."