Reese Witherspoon to receive MTV Generation Award


Reese Witherspoon, MTV Generation Award winner. (DANIEL MUNOZ/REUTERS)

Reese Witherspoon will receive the MTV Movie Award equivalent of a lifetime achievement honor this Sunday.

During the annual trophy show/movie promotion fest, which airs live on MTV Sunday night, Witherspoon will receive the MTV Generation Award, which, according to the network’s press release, acknowledges “an actor who can be counted on to engage the MTV audience with everything she does.”

At 35, the Oscar winner is the youngest person to receive the honor, which was first given back in 2005 to legendary audience engager Tom Cruise. Jim Carrey, Mike Myers, Adam Sandler, Ben Stiller and Sandra Bullock are all past Generation Award winners.

What does this all mean, really? That on Sunday night, we’ll get to see a delightful montage of clips from “Election,” “Legally Blonde” and “Walk the Line,” while also being reminded that “Water for Elephants” will arrive on DVD sometime in the not-too-distant future.

When she isn’t at a movie theater or writing about movies, Jen Chaney is ... um ... probably at home, watching a movie.

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