With “Godzilla” hitting theaters this weekend, the King of the Monsters is poised for a comeback. But even if the film flops, even if audiences don’t welcome the return of the atomic-breathing monster, Godzilla can hold his head high — because he already has enough achievements to last him a lifetime.
No, really. He won a Lifetime Achievement Award at the MTV Movie Awards. You don’t remember that?
Really, how could you forget? At the 1996 MTV Movie Awards, stalwart “Star Trek” icon Patrick Stewart (who basically looks exactly the same then as he does now, which is crazy but a separate story altogether) took the stage to present the Lifetime Achievement Award to one of his all-time greatest acting heroes.
“When I was a young man growing up in the north of England, I remember going to see the films of tonight’s honoree, and being impressed by his quiet strength, and his ability to cut to the core of what a scene was about,” Stewart said of the great ’Zilla. “You couldn’t take your eyes off of him. He could tell a whole story with just a gesture, or the raising of an eyebrow.”
“And we’ve all heard about his temper, about the people he stepped on on his way to the top,” he added. “But despite all of that, or perhaps even because of it, he is beloved by millions the world over. In this business of stars and superstars, it would be no exaggeration to say that he is the biggest.”
Truer words have never been spoken, Jean-Luc. Truer words.
“Godzilla” opens nationwide on May 16.