The MTV Movie and TV Awards have announced that Chris Pratt will be the recipient of the Generation Award when prizes are handed out on June 18. And he might have more reasons than that to celebrate: he also co-stars in “Avengers: Infinity War,” which is nominated for three awards including Best Movie. Will his film come away a winner on the same night he does?
The Generation Award is handed out to a performer for a body of work that has strongly influenced the MTV generation. In past years it has gone to performers like Tom Cruise (2005), Jim Carrey (2006), Sandra Bullock (2010), Reese Witherspoon (2011) and even Pratt’s “Avengers” co-star Robert Downey Jr. (2015). Last year the honorary award wasn’t given to an individual actor, but the entire “Fast and the Furious” movie franchise that has spanned eight films from 2001 to 2017.
Pratt had an early career breakthrough in the critically acclaimed WB drama “Everwood,” where he co-starred for all four seasons (2002-2006) as Bright Abbott, the older brother of Emily VanCamp, who coincidentally has also shown up in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Sharon Carter. Sharon has yet to cross paths with Pratt’s character Star-Lord on-screen, but never say never where Marvel is concerned.
After “Everwood” Pratt became even better known for playing lovable Andy Dwyer on “Parks and Recreation” from 2009-2015. While there he started making his transition to big-screen heroism, playing a member of Seal Team 6 in “Zero Dark Thirty” (2012). “Guardians of the Galaxy” made him a bona fide movie star in 2014, and then he headlined “Jurassic World” (2015), which earned $1.671 billion at the worldwide box office, making it the world’s fourth highest grossing movie in history.
2018 is another big year for Pratt, who in addition to “Infinity War” will also be seen in “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom,” opening June 22.
Pratt has been nominated seven times by the MTV Movie and TV Awards. He was shut out of his five nominations for “Guardians of the Galaxy” in 2015, but the following year he took home his first Golden Popcorn when he was voted Best Action Performance for “Jurassic World.” This will only be his second prize from MTV, but we may see him again in 2019 when “Fallen Kingdom” is eligible to compete.
So what do you think of the choice of Pratt to win the Generation Award?
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