While the 2009 MTV Movie Awards will look toward the future with appearances by rising superstars like Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart and Shia LaBeouf, we must pay our respects to the great actors who paved the Hollywood way. That's why we're bestowing MTV's highest honor, the Generation Award, on Mr. Ben Stiller.

And, of course, the guy just cracks us up. He's portrayed some of the most memorable comic creations in the last 20 years: oblivious male model Derek Zoolander, who can only turn right ("I'm not an ambi-turner!" he explained) and spent years perfecting his astonishing "Magnum" pose; perpetually aggrieved and unfortunately named Gaylord Focker, who claimed he could milk a cat but probably not Robert De Niro; and last year's "Tropic Thunder" star Tugg Speedman, the self-absorbed action star trying, and spectacularly failing, to be taken seriously as an actor.

In fact, Stiller has been nominated in the brand-new MTV Movie Awards category Best WTF Moment, based on one particularly gruesome, and hilarious, "Thunder" scene in which he tastes the decapitated head of Steve Coogan's character. If that moment alone doesn't merit a Generations award, what does?

"I am honored to be getting the Generation Award," Stiller said. "I was given my first show at MTV and also canceled for the first time. I also was secretly having an affair with J.J. Jackson, so it brings back pleasant memories."

Stiller has also excelled behind the scenes, writing and directing films like "Zoolander" and "Thunder." He also directed the 1994 cultural milestone "Reality Bites."

Past recipients of the Generation Award include Adam Sandler, Mike Myers, Tom Cruise and Jim Carrey.

Will the vampires grab more trophies than the slumdog? What was the year's ultimate onscreen WTF moment? It's up to you to decide the winners of the 2009 MTV Movie Awards. Vote now, and tune in on May 31 at 9 p.m. ET, when the big show airs live from the Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City, California.

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