MUMBAI: The 2009 MTV Movie Awards paid tribute to Ben Stiller with the MTV Generation Award for his contribution to Hollywood and for entertaining the MTV audience for years.
From generation to generation, Ben Stiller has kept fans rolling with laughter since bursting onto the scene in Reality Bites and his early film roles and cult classics such as There’s Something About Mary, Meet the Parents, Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story, Tropic Thunder and now this summer’s new release Night at the Museum: Battle at the Smithsonian.
The MTV Generation Award is the MTV Movie Awards’ highest honor, acknowledging an actor who has captured the attention of the MTV audience throughout his or her career. Past recipients include Adam Sandler, Mike Myers, Tom Cruise and Jim Carrey.
"From The Royal Tenenbaums to Zoolander, Ben is a comedic chameleon, able to make the leap between drama and full-out comedy while maintaining his own unique brand of subversive humor. That versatility and talent has earned him legions of devoted fans over the years which makes him a perfect recipient for the ‘MTV Generation Award.’ Whether it’s fighting a monkey in a museum or licking a decapitated head, nothing is ever off-limits for him and that’s the type of warped creative vision and commitment MTV loves to reward," said MTV Networks Music/Logo/Film Group president Van Toffler.
"I am honored to be getting the ‘Generation Award.’ I was given my first show at MTV, and also cancelled for the first time. I also was secretly having an affair with JJ Jackson, so it brings back pleasant memories" said Stiller.
As previously announced, movie megastars Shia LaBeouf, Sandra Bullock, Sienna Miller, Channing Tatum, Bradley Cooper, Abigail Breslin, Thomas Lennon, Danny McBride, Sofia Vassilieva, Denzel Washington, Cameron Diaz, Ryan Reynolds, Will Ferrell, Vanessa Hudgens, Leighton Meester, Jonah Hill and Lil Wayne are confirmed to present popcorn statues. In addition, Eminem will take to the stage to perform music from his anticipated new album Relapse and Kings Of Leon will perform LIVE on MTV for the first time ever, treating viewers to their rock anthem Use Somebody from their hit album Only By The Night. Viewers will also be treated to exclusive first looks at the highly anticipated 2009 movie releases The Twilight Saga: New Moon, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen during the show.