As if we couldn’t love Robert Downey Jr anymore than we do, he has won this year’s MTV Movie Awards’ Generation trophy and delivered an amazing speech to go with it.
The MTV Generation Award is the “Movie Awards” highest honor, acknowledging an actor who has engaged the MTV audience throughout their career. Past recipients include Mark Wahlberg, Jamie Foxx, Johnny Depp, Reese Witherspoon, Ben Stiller, Adam Sandler, Sandra Bullock, Mike Myers, Tom Cruise and Jim Carrey.
“Throughout his career, Robert Downey Jr. has mesmerized audiences by capturing the humanity in larger-than-life characters like Charlie Chaplin, Sherlock Holmes and Tony Stark,” said Stephen Friedman, President of MTV. “He’s a brilliant actor and a Hollywood icon, and we are proud to recognize his tremendous passion and talent with this year’s Generation Award.”
Downey was presented the Generation Award during the 2015 MTV Movie Awards by his Avengers: Age of Ultron co-stars, Chris Evans (Captain America), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Mark Ruffalo (The Hulk), Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye), and Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow).
Downey came to the stage as AC/DC’s “Back in Black” blasted (a homage to the first Iron Man movie).
“The first MTV Movie Awards was in 1992, and I said, ‘Wow, that’s my generation’s version of the Oscars,’ ” Downey said. “When the first generation award was given in 2005, I thought simply, ‘Where’s mine?’ And I’ve spent 10 long years patiently waiting to emerge from a massive, trippy cat head to receive the recognition I’ve so desired.”
Downey also made reference to his career and legal troubles, including his arrests for drug possession in the early 2000s.
“Thirty-four years have passed since the birth of MTV. I’ve grown up. I’ve struggled. I’ve failed. I’ve succeeded. I’ve partied way too much,” Downey said. “Dream big. Work hard. Keep your nose clean. Be of service. And in any way you can, define your generation.”
Robert Downey Jr and his costars also launched the first viewing of a clip from the new Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Avengers: Age of Ultron rolls into Australian theaters on April 23, 2015.