For those who grew up with MTV in the 90s, anyone could tell you that Paul Walker’s face was a symbol of athleticism and supreme attractiveness. In the 90s he was the golden boy in films like She’s All That, Varsity Blues, Pleasantville, and later on enjoyed major blockbuster success from the Fast & Furious film franchise.
It’s because of that and so much more that the MTV Movie Awards has decided to give Walker a special tribute. If Walker were to receive an excellent posthumous tribute, the MTV Movie Awards would be the ultimate venue, given that the actor was such a fixture for the MTV viewing audience back in the day.
While the ceremony will have a ton of silly light-hearted moments, such as Conan O’Brien’s Best Shirtless Performance presentation, the ceremony will put a light on the Varsity Blues star’s death for a few minutes. Organizers of the MTV Movie Awards announced today that they would pay tribute in a special way to the 40-year-old actor who died in a car crash back in November.
In addition to Paul Walker’s tribute, he’s also nominated alongside Vin Diesel for Best Onscreen Duo for his work in Fast & Furious 6. Our bet is that this award will go to the two with Diesel taking it on Walker’s behalf. The LA Times said that the presentation of that specific award will be separate from the tribute to Walker.
It’s believed that the tribute will consist of a clip reel and Walker’s Fast & Furious co-star Jordana Brewster will do the honors in paying tribute.
MTV president Stephen Friedman has detailed why the tribute to Paul Walker is necessary when considering the MTV audience:
“Paul Walker was a role model for the MTV audience since the very beginning of his too-short career. Our audience grew up with him, from ‘Varsity Blues’ to the ‘Furious’ franchise. He was a movie star but one that they could relate to. Paul’s humanity and kindness clearly showed through every role. We’re honored to be able to spend a moment in this year’s Movie Awards to celebrate him.”
Throughout Paul’s career, he attended the awards ceremony many times. Back in 2002, Walker shared his Best Onscreen Team award with Vin Diesel, and was also nominated for Best Breakthrough Male Performance for his action turn in Fast & Furious.
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