Robert Downey Jr. STUNS awards show: 'Dream big, work hard, keep your nose clean, be of service'
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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
4/13/2015 (4 years ago)
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Former bad boy and partier Robert Downey Jr. stunned the audience at the MTV Movie Awards Night telecast. His speech was humbling and surprisingly sober in a night known for silly excess. "I partied way too much. I've squandered, resisted, repented," Downey said. He then beseeches the audience to "dream big, work hard, keep your nose clean, be of service, and, yes, because you can, define your generation."
Robert Downey drew upon his experience to give some advice to young people watching the show.
LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Downey drew upon his experience to give some advice to young people watching the show.
Downey's speech was reminiscent of the advice Ashton Kutcher gave his audience at the Teen Choice Awards a couple of years ago.
Downey's "Avengers" costars Scarlett Johansson, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo and Jeremy Renner took the stage to present Downey the evening's award. They then fell to their knees as Downey talked about his memories of the first MTV Movie Awards, and "clawing" his way to the top.
It was a surprisingly sober moment for an awards show that doles out such honors as ones for "best kiss" and "best shirtless performance." The MTV Movie Awards is looked upon as being an unofficial promotional platform for the upcoming blockbuster season.
However, the show was not all about glitz and glamour, as awards were also bestowed on such serious dramas as "The Fault in Our Stars," about teenagers battling cancer. As the first winner of the night for best female performance in "The Fault in Our Stars," Shailene Woodley, who also received the Trailblazer Award, gave an emotional speech dedicated to the book's author, John Green.
"He gave this world a beautiful masterpiece," she said directly to Green, present in the audience. Woodley said that the book changed her life when she read it and that his words will transcend the test of time.
Films such as Marvel space adventure "Guardians of the Galaxy" and coed comedy "Neighbors" competed for the fan-voted Golden Popcorn statuettes.
Host Amy Schumer, still a rising comedian, joked at the outset that, "half of you don't know who I am and half of you think I'm Meghan Trainor," she said, referring to the "All About that Bass" singer.
"This is going to be the party of the year. I just hope Harrison Ford doesn't crash it," Schumer said, referring to the actor's recent plane crash.
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