Reese Witherspoon to receive MTV Generation Award

June 1, 2011 - 7:58 AM
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FILE - In a May 3, 2011 file photo, US actress Reese Witherspoon arrives for the UK film premiere Water For Elephants at the Westfield centre in west London. MTV says Witherspoon will receive its Generation Award at the MTV Movie Awards on Sunday, June 5, 2011. The 35-year-old Oscar winner is being recognized for her versatility as an actress and for delighting the MTV audience throughout her career. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan, File)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Reese Witherspoon better make some room on her trophy shelf.

MTV says Witherspoon will receive its Generation Award at Sunday's MTV Movie Awards.

The 35-year-old Oscar winner is being recognized for her range as an actress and for delighting the MTV audience throughout her career. MTV President Stephen Friedman called Witherspoon "one of the most versatile and accomplished performers of her time."

"Saturday Night Live" star Jason Sudeikis will host Sunday's ceremony at the Gibson Amphitheater, where Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively, Steve Carell, Shia LaBeouf, Patrick Dempsey, Cameron Diaz, Selena Gomez and Nicki Minaj are among those set to present the prizes.

Fans voted online for the winners in categories such as best kiss, best villain and best line from a movie. MTV chose Witherspoon, who joins previous Generation Award winners Sandra Bullock, Ben Stiller, Adam Sandler, Mike Myers, Tom Cruise and Jim Carrey.

Sunday's show will also feature a first-look at footage from the latest "Twilight" installment, "Breaking Dawn, Part 1."

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Online:

http://www.mtv.com/ontv/movieawards/2011/

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