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For its 25th birthday, the MTV Movie Awards was finally able to rent a car — and it chose a war machine from George Miller's "Mad Max: Fury Road," piloted by a half-naked Dwayne Johnson and adorned with a Kevin Hart hood ornament.

As imagined by Casey Patterson, a longtime producer of live events for Viacom brands like Spike and Comedy Central, Sunday's show drove its war machine right through awards-show conventions.

"We're not not about academies or critics, we're about fans," Patterson told TheWrap of her vision for the pre-taped show that aired on Sunday. "There are an awful lot of award shows and the truth is, we don't need another one."

So she took the production out of a closed theater and splashed it across the entire Burbank backlot of Warner Bros. Studios, did away with a traditional writers room (barely any copy was pre-written for presenters), killed the sillier categories the show had been using for the last few years ("Biggest WTF Moment," etc.) and hired two superstars in Johnson and Hart to host.

"She raised the bar, not only with scale... but also injected a certain quality of cinematic elegance to the entire show," Johnson told TheWrap after the broadcast. "I'll bet on her any day of the week."

"We wanted to do something big and brave and bold, celebrating movies where they're made," Patterson said.

What she didn't count on was Mother Nature.

The week leading up to Sunday's telecast was a rare one in Los Angeles — consecutive days of rain with a lightning-filled downpour projected for Saturday's taping. ("Lightning, by law, means you cancel your pyrotechnics," Patterson said).

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Considering the schedules of recruited stars from "Suicide Squad," "Captain America: Civil War," "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them," "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," "The Huntsman: Winter's War" and solo winner Melissa McCarthy — the show did not have a rain date.

"The weather was terrible all week, and I was terrified no one was going to come rehearse. But somehow the rain galvanized everyone. Eddie Redmayne came and got soaked learning a magic trick to introduce 'Fantastic Beasts.' Halsey was performing with this snow effect which was useless because it was drizzling all over her," she said.

"Melissa McCarthy prepped a Gorton's fisherman costume if she had to accept her comedic genius award in the downpour," she added. "We wound up needing none of it, but we had a straight version of the show planned, and a rain version."

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BURBANK, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 09: Actress Charlize Theron attends the 2016 MTV Movie Awards at Warner Bros. Studios on April 9, 2016 in Burbank, California. MTV Movie Awards airs April 10, 2016 at 8pm ET/PT. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
BURBANK, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 09: Model Kendall Jenner arrives at the 2016 MTV Movie Awards at Warner Bros. Studios on April 9, 2016 in Burbank, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
BURBANK, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 09: Actress Jessica Chastain attends the 2016 MTV Movie Awards at Warner Bros. Studios on April 9, 2016 in Burbank, California. MTV Movie Awards airs April 10, 2016 at 8pm ET/PT. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for MTV)
BURBANK, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 09: Rebel Wilson arrives at the 2016 MTV Movie Awards at Warner Bros. Studios on April 9, 2016 in Burbank, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
BURBANK, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 09: Rapper/actor Common attends the 2016 MTV Movie Awards at Warner Bros. Studios on April 9, 2016 in Burbank, California. MTV Movie Awards airs April 10, 2016 at 8pm ET/PT. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
BURBANK, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 09: (L-R) Actress Anna Kendrick, actress Rebel Wilson and actor Adam DeVine attend the 2016 MTV Movie Awards at Warner Bros. Studios on April 9, 2016 in Burbank, California. MTV Movie Awards airs April 10, 2016 at 8pm ET/PT. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for MTV)
BURBANK, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 09: Actor Chris Pratt attends the 2016 MTV Movie Awards at Warner Bros. Studios on April 9, 2016 in Burbank, California. MTV Movie Awards airs April 10, 2016 at 8pm ET/PT. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
BURBANK, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 09: (EXCLUSIVE ACCESS, SPECIAL RATES APPLY) Actress Amy Poehler attends the 2016 MTV Movie Awards at Warner Bros. Studios on April 9, 2016 in Burbank, California. MTV Movie Awards airs April 10, 2016 at 8pm ET/PT. (Photo by Frederick Brown/MTV1415/Getty Images)
BURBANK, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 09: TV personality Farrah Abraham attends the 2016 MTV Movie Awards at Warner Bros. Studios on April 9, 2016 in Burbank, California. MTV Movie Awards airs April 10, 2016 at 8pm ET/PT. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
BURBANK, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 09: Model Cara Delevingne arrives at the 2016 MTV Movie Awards at Warner Bros. Studios on April 9, 2016 in Burbank, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
BURBANK, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 09: Actress Brittany Snow attends the 2016 MTV Movie Awards at Warner Bros. Studios on April 9, 2016 in Burbank, California. MTV Movie Awards airs April 10, 2016 at 8pm ET/PT. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic for MTV)
BURBANK, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 09: (EXCLUSIVE ACCESS, SPECIAL RATES APPLY) Actress Melissa McCarthy attends the 2016 MTV Movie Awards at Warner Bros. Studios on April 9, 2016 in Burbank, California. MTV Movie Awards airs April 10, 2016 at 8pm ET/PT. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic for MTV)
BURBANK, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 09: Actress Emilia Clarke attends the 2016 MTV Movie Awards at Warner Bros. Studios on April 9, 2016 in Burbank, California. MTV Movie Awards airs April 10, 2016 at 8pm ET/PT. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
BURBANK, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 09: Actress Holland Roden attends the 2016 MTV Movie Awards at Warner Bros. Studios on April 9, 2016 in Burbank, California. MTV Movie Awards airs April 10, 2016 at 8pm ET/PT. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
BURBANK, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 09: Actor Seth Rogen attends the 2016 MTV Movie Awards at Warner Bros. Studios on April 9, 2016 in Burbank, California. MTV Movie Awards airs April 10, 2016 at 8pm ET/PT. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage for MTV)
BURBANK, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 09: Actress Jessica Chastain attends the 2016 MTV Movie Awards at Warner Bros. Studios on April 9, 2016 in Burbank, California. MTV Movie Awards airs April 10, 2016 at 8pm ET/PT. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage for MTV)
BURBANK, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 09: Model Gigi Hadid attends the 2016 MTV Movie Awards at Warner Bros. Studios on April 9, 2016 in Burbank, California. MTV Movie Awards airs April 10, 2016 at 8pm ET/PT. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage for MTV)
BURBANK, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 09: Actor Blake Anderson (L) and Rachael Finley attend the 2016 MTV Movie Awards at Warner Bros. Studios on April 9, 2016 in Burbank, California. MTV Movie Awards airs April 10, 2016 at 8pm ET/PT. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
BURBANK, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 09: Actress Lizzy Caplan attends the 2016 MTV Movie Awards at Warner Bros. Studios on April 9, 2016 in Burbank, California. MTV Movie Awards airs April 10, 2016 at 8pm ET/PT. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
BURBANK, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 09: Actor Aldis Hodge attends the 2016 MTV Movie Awards at Warner Bros. Studios on April 9, 2016 in Burbank, California. MTV Movie Awards airs April 10, 2016 at 8pm ET/PT. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for MTV)
BURBANK, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 09: Actor Miles Teller attends the 2016 MTV Movie Awards at Warner Bros. Studios on April 9, 2016 in Burbank, California. MTV Movie Awards airs April 10, 2016 at 8pm ET/PT. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
BURBANK, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 09: Actors Andy Samberg (L) and Jorma Taccone attend the 2016 MTV Movie Awards at Warner Bros. Studios on April 9, 2016 in Burbank, California. MTV Movie Awards airs April 10, 2016 at 8pm ET/PT. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
BURBANK, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 09: Actor Dylan Sprayberry and Ellery Sprayberry attend the 2016 MTV Movie Awards at Warner Bros. Studios on April 9, 2016 in Burbank, California. MTV Movie Awards airs April 10, 2016 at 8pm ET/PT. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
BURBANK, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 09: (EXCLUSIVE ACCESS, SPECIAL RATES APPLY) Producer Dany Garcia (L) and Simone Alexandra Johnson attend the 2016 MTV Movie Awards at Warner Bros. Studios on April 9, 2016 in Burbank, California. MTV Movie Awards airs April 10, 2016 at 8pm ET/PT. (Photo by Alberto Rodriguez/MTV1415/Getty Images for MTV)
BURBANK, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 09: (L-R) Actors O'Shea Jackson Jr., Corey Hawkins, recording artist Common, actors Neil Brown Jr. and Aldis Hodge attend the 2016 MTV Movie Awards at Warner Bros. Studios on April 9, 2016 in Burbank, California. MTV Movie Awards airs April 10, 2016 at 8pm ET/PT. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
BURBANK, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 09: (EXCLUSIVE ACCESS, SPECIAL RATES APPLY) Host Dwayne Johnson (L) and Simone Alexandra Johnson attend the 2016 MTV Movie Awards at Warner Bros. Studios on April 9, 2016 in Burbank, California. MTV Movie Awards airs April 10, 2016 at 8pm ET/PT. (Photo by Alberto Rodriguez/MTV1415/Getty Images for MTV)
BURBANK, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 09: (EXCLUSIVE ACCESS, SPECIAL RATES APPLY) Host Kevin Hart attends the 2016 MTV Movie Awards at Warner Bros. Studios on April 9, 2016 in Burbank, California. MTV Movie Awards airs April 10, 2016 at 8pm ET/PT. (Photo by Alberto Rodriguez/MTV1415/Getty Images for MTV)
BURBANK, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 09: Singer/actor Travis Mills attends the 2016 MTV Movie Awards at Warner Bros. Studios on April 9, 2016 in Burbank, California. MTV Movie Awards airs April 10, 2016 at 8pm ET/PT. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for MTV)
BURBANK, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 09: TV personality Liz Hernandez attends the 2016 MTV Movie Awards at Warner Bros. Studios on April 9, 2016 in Burbank, California. MTV Movie Awards airs April 10, 2016 at 8pm ET/PT. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for MTV)
BURBANK, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 09: Actress Chrissie Fit attends the 2016 MTV Movie Awards at Warner Bros. Studios on April 9, 2016 in Burbank, California. MTV Movie Awards airs April 10, 2016 at 8pm ET/PT. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
BURBANK, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 09: Actress Chloe Bridges attends the 2016 MTV Movie Awards at Warner Bros. Studios on April 9, 2016 in Burbank, California. MTV Movie Awards airs April 10, 2016 at 8pm ET/PT. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
BURBANK, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 09: Actress Kat Graham attends the 2016 MTV Movie Awards at Warner Bros. Studios on April 9, 2016 in Burbank, California. MTV Movie Awards airs April 10, 2016 at 8pm ET/PT. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for MTV)
BURBANK, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 09: Internet personality Meghan Rienks attends the 2016 MTV Movie Awards at Warner Bros. Studios on April 9, 2016 in Burbank, California. MTV Movie Awards airs April 10, 2016 at 8pm ET/PT. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
BURBANK, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 09: Actors Jordan Peele (L) and Keegan-Michael Key attend the 2016 MTV Movie Awards at Warner Bros. Studios on April 9, 2016 in Burbank, California. MTV Movie Awards airs April 10, 2016 at 8pm ET/PT. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
BURBANK, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 09: Dr. Drew Pinsky attends the 2016 MTV Movie Awards at Warner Bros. Studios on April 9, 2016 in Burbank, California. MTV Movie Awards airs April 10, 2016 at 8pm ET/PT. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
BURBANK, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 09: DJ Yella of N.W.A attends the 2016 MTV Movie Awards at Warner Bros. Studios on April 9, 2016 in Burbank, California. MTV Movie Awards airs April 10, 2016 at 8pm ET/PT. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
BURBANK, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 09: Recording artist Mac Lethal attends the 2016 MTV Movie Awards at Warner Bros. Studios on April 9, 2016 in Burbank, California. MTV Movie Awards airs April 10, 2016 at 8pm ET/PT. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
BURBANK, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 09: (L-R) Actresses Chrissie Fit, Brittany Snow and Kelley Jakle attend the 2016 MTV Movie Awards at Warner Bros. Studios on April 9, 2016 in Burbank, California. MTV Movie Awards airs April 10, 2016 at 8pm ET/PT. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for MTV)
BURBANK, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 09: Actress Vanessa Marano attends the 2016 MTV Movie Awards at Warner Bros. Studios on April 9, 2016 in Burbank, California. MTV Movie Awards airs April 10, 2016 at 8pm ET/PT. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for MTV)
BURBANK, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 09: Singer Mike Posner attends the 2016 MTV Movie Awards at Warner Bros. Studios on April 9, 2016 in Burbank, California. MTV Movie Awards airs April 10, 2016 at 8pm ET/PT. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
BURBANK, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 09: Radio personality Nessa attends the 2016 MTV Movie Awards at Warner Bros. Studios on April 9, 2016 in Burbank, California. MTV Movie Awards airs April 10, 2016 at 8pm ET/PT. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
BURBANK, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 09: Actresses Laura Marano (L) and Vanessa Marano attend the 2016 MTV Movie Awards at Warner Bros. Studios on April 9, 2016 in Burbank, California. MTV Movie Awards airs April 10, 2016 at 8pm ET/PT. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for MTV)
BURBANK, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 09: Actress Jillian Rose Reed attends the 2016 MTV Movie Awards at Warner Bros. Studios on April 9, 2016 in Burbank, California. MTV Movie Awards airs April 10, 2016 at 8pm ET/PT. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
BURBANK, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 09: Internet personality Baddie Winkle attends the 2016 MTV Movie Awards at Warner Bros. Studios on April 9, 2016 in Burbank, California. MTV Movie Awards airs April 10, 2016 at 8pm ET/PT. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
BURBANK, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 09: Actress Carrie Keagan attends the 2016 MTV Movie Awards at Warner Bros. Studios on April 9, 2016 in Burbank, California. MTV Movie Awards airs April 10, 2016 at 8pm ET/PT. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
BURBANK, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 09: Actor Adam DeVine attends the 2016 MTV Movie Awards at Warner Bros. Studios on April 9, 2016 in Burbank, California. MTV Movie Awards airs April 10, 2016 at 8pm ET/PT. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
BURBANK, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 09: Singer Marty Shannon attends the 2016 MTV Movie Awards at Warner Bros. Studios on April 9, 2016 in Burbank, California. MTV Movie Awards airs April 10, 2016 at 8pm ET/PT. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
BURBANK, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 09: Musician Andrea Whitt a/k/a Boho Bunnie attends the 2016 MTV Movie Awards at Warner Bros. Studios on April 9, 2016 in Burbank, California. MTV Movie Awards airs April 10, 2016 at 8pm ET/PT. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
BURBANK, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 09: Actress Ashley Rickards attends the 2016 MTV Movie Awards at Warner Bros. Studios on April 9, 2016 in Burbank, California. MTV Movie Awards airs April 10, 2016 at 8pm ET/PT. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
BURBANK, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 09: TV personality Kailyn Lowry (R) and Jo Rivera attend the 2016 MTV Movie Awards at Warner Bros. Studios on April 9, 2016 in Burbank, California. MTV Movie Awards airs April 10, 2016 at 8pm ET/PT. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
BURBANK, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 09: (L-R) TV personality Egypt Criss with rappers Sandra 'Pepa' Denton, Deidra Muriel Roper, aka DJ Spinderella, and Cheryl 'Salt' James of Salt-N-Pepa attend the 2016 MTV Movie Awards at Warner Bros. Studios on April 9, 2016 in Burbank, California. MTV Movie Awards airs April 10, 2016 at 8pm ET/PT. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage for MTV)
BURBANK, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 09: Actor Neil Brown Jr. attends the 2016 MTV Movie Awards at Warner Bros. Studios on April 9, 2016 in Burbank, California. MTV Movie Awards airs April 10, 2016 at 8pm ET/PT. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
BURBANK, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 09: Actress/recording artist Ta'Rhonda Jones attends the 2016 MTV Movie Awards at Warner Bros. Studios on April 9, 2016 in Burbank, California. MTV Movie Awards airs April 10, 2016 at 8pm ET/PT. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
BURBANK, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 09: Actress Hannah Hart attends the 2016 MTV Movie Awards at Warner Bros. Studios on April 9, 2016 in Burbank, California. MTV Movie Awards airs April 10, 2016 at 8pm ET/PT. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
BURBANK, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 09: Recording artist Jon Cozart attends the 2016 MTV Movie Awards at Warner Bros. Studios on April 9, 2016 in Burbank, California. MTV Movie Awards airs April 10, 2016 at 8pm ET/PT. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
BURBANK, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 09: Singer Halsey attends the 2016 MTV Movie Awards at Warner Bros. Studios on April 9, 2016 in Burbank, California. MTV Movie Awards airs April 10, 2016 at 8pm ET/PT. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage for MTV)
BURBANK, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 09: Comedienne Grace Helbig attends the 2016 MTV Movie Awards at Warner Bros. Studios on April 9, 2016 in Burbank, California. MTV Movie Awards airs April 10, 2016 at 8pm ET/PT. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
BURBANK, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 09: Actress Nargis Fakhri attends the 2016 MTV Movie Awards at Warner Bros. Studios on April 9, 2016 in Burbank, California. MTV Movie Awards airs April 10, 2016 at 8pm ET/PT. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for MTV)
BURBANK, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 09: Actress Molly Tarlov attends the 2016 MTV Movie Awards at Warner Bros. Studios on April 9, 2016 in Burbank, California. MTV Movie Awards airs April 10, 2016 at 8pm ET/PT. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
BURBANK, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 09: Rapper Chanel West Coast attends the 2016 MTV Movie Awards at Warner Bros. Studios on April 9, 2016 in Burbank, California. MTV Movie Awards airs April 10, 2016 at 8pm ET/PT. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage for MTV)
BURBANK, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 09: Actress Katie Stevens attends the 2016 MTV Movie Awards at Warner Bros. Studios on April 9, 2016 in Burbank, California. MTV Movie Awards airs April 10, 2016 at 8pm ET/PT. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
BURBANK, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 09: Actor Brett Davern attends the 2016 MTV Movie Awards at Warner Bros. Studios on April 9, 2016 in Burbank, California. MTV Movie Awards airs April 10, 2016 at 8pm ET/PT. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
BURBANK, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 09: Actress Stef Dawson attends the 2016 MTV Movie Awards at Warner Bros. Studios on April 9, 2016 in Burbank, California. MTV Movie Awards airs April 10, 2016 at 8pm ET/PT. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
BURBANK, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 09: Internet personality Matthew Espinosa attends the 2016 MTV Movie Awards at Warner Bros. Studios on April 9, 2016 in Burbank, California. MTV Movie Awards airs April 10, 2016 at 8pm ET/PT. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
BURBANK, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 09: Comedian Lilly Singh attends the 2016 MTV Movie Awards at Warner Bros. Studios on April 9, 2016 in Burbank, California. MTV Movie Awards airs April 10, 2016 at 8pm ET/PT. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
BURBANK, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 09: Comedian Lil Rel Howery attends the 2016 MTV Movie Awards at Warner Bros. Studios on April 9, 2016 in Burbank, California. MTV Movie Awards airs April 10, 2016 at 8pm ET/PT. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
BURBANK, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 09: Internet personality Liza Koshy attends the 2016 MTV Movie Awards at Warner Bros. Studios on April 9, 2016 in Burbank, California. MTV Movie Awards airs April 10, 2016 at 8pm ET/PT. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
BURBANK, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 09: Internet personality Sierra Furtado attends the 2016 MTV Movie Awards at Warner Bros. Studios on April 9, 2016 in Burbank, California. MTV Movie Awards airs April 10, 2016 at 8pm ET/PT. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
BURBANK, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 09: Comedian Brandon Wardell attends the 2016 MTV Movie Awards at Warner Bros. Studios on April 9, 2016 in Burbank, California. MTV Movie Awards airs April 10, 2016 at 8pm ET/PT. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
BURBANK, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 09: Actor Michael J. Willett attends the 2016 MTV Movie Awards at Warner Bros. Studios on April 9, 2016 in Burbank, California. MTV Movie Awards airs April 10, 2016 at 8pm ET/PT. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for MTV)
BURBANK, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 09: Keltie Knight attends the 2016 MTV Movie Awards at Warner Bros. Studios on April 9, 2016 in Burbank, California. MTV Movie Awards airs April 10, 2016 at 8pm ET/PT. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
BURBANK, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 09: Internet personalities Joshua Holz (L) and Daniel Lara attends the 2016 MTV Movie Awards at Warner Bros. Studios on April 9, 2016 in Burbank, California. MTV Movie Awards airs April 10, 2016 at 8pm ET/PT. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
BURBANK, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 09: TV personality Renee Bargh attends the 2016 MTV Movie Awards at Warner Bros. Studios on April 9, 2016 in Burbank, California. MTV Movie Awards airs April 10, 2016 at 8pm ET/PT. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
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While McCarthy didn't need added protection, it was a priority for producers to have her back as the first ever female recipient of the Comedic Genius award.

"It's a really important moment, and we had no idea what she was going to come up with. She wound up crowd-surfing, and earlier on she wanted to try it face-down," Patterson laughed. "I don't think that's ever been done. One of her earlier jokes to someone in the crowd was, 'Sir, what you just did was a felony.'"

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Another moment of female empowerment was the show's opener — the aforementioned montage to "Mad Max" followed by Charlize Theron's win for Best Female Performance.

"The whole opening was a love letter to Charlize and what that performance meant this year, how incredible it was," Patterson said of Theron's leading role in the Oscar-winning film, a portrayal largely overlooked by critics circles and nominating bodies during the awards race.

Patterson also let the show breathe by giving talent the space to connect with the audiences.

"Jared Leto came for this elaborate 'Suicide Squad' centerpiece and wound up re-directing the sequence, which was a street confrontation with Will Smith, Margot Robbie and Cara Delevingne. Jared himself is a director and needed to envision the entire thing in the context of the characters, and we were happy to let him do it," Patterson said.

Patterson is teaming up with Johnson and his Seven Bucks production company to produce Spike's "Rock The Troops," a variety benefit concert to air on November 11, Veteran's Day. J

Johnson said that minutes before he opened the event, he told Patterson, "'If we can move the needle tonight just a little bit, then it sets the table for anything we partner up for in the future.' Judging by fans' reactions, it seems like we moved the needle more than a little and now I selfishly reap the benefits."

Patterson will also return to helm the Spike TV "Guy's Choice Awards" on June 4, and launch another season of "Lip Sync Battle" in the coming weeks.

She's especially proud of her work on the Movie Awards, particularly the moment when Queen Latifah and Halle Berry's handed Will Smith the Generation Award. "It made me really emotional," she said. "Not just the stars, but everyone on that lot was so present for that moment. When Will is in the room, everyone stands up a bit straighter."

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