Stiller course, has portrayed some of the most memorable comic creations of 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.
Stiller has also 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.
"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."
"From 'The Royal Tenenbaums' to 'Zoolander,' Ben is a comedic chameleon, able to make the leap between drama and full-out comedy while maintaining his own unique brand of subversive humor," said Van Toffler, President of MTV Networks Music/Logo/Film Group. "That versatility and talent has earned him legions of devoted fans over the years, which makes him a perfect recipient for the MTV Generation Award. Whether it's fighting a monkey in a museum or licking a decapitated head, nothing is ever off-limits for him and that's the type of warped creative vision and commitment MTV loves to reward."
Past recipients of the Generation Award include Adam Sandler, Mike Myers, Tom Cruise and Jim Carrey.
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