MTV Trailblazer Emma Stone Pays Tribute To Personal Heroes

'I am deeply touched,' tearful Stone says during acceptance speech at MTV Movie Awards.
By Jocelyn Vena

Emma Stone wins at the 2012 MTV Movie Awards
Photo: Kevin Winter/ Getty Images

UNIVERSAL CITY, CaliforniaEmma Stone became the first-ever MTV Trailblazer at the 2012 MTV Movie Awards on Sunday night (June 3).

"The Amazing Spider-Man" actress was on hand to accept for special Golden Popcorn, which celebrates her diverse résumé of films, including "Crazy, Stupid, Love" and "The Help." But before Stone even hit the stage, a few of her castmates — Steve Carell, Anna Farris, Jim Carrey, Octavia Spencer, Mila Kunis and Jason Sudeikis — recalled some of her best moments and joked about some of her worst qualities in a pre-taped video message.

While the clip had viewers laughing, Stone couldn't hold back the tears as she accepted her prize.

"Thank you, I'm a crier," she said. "So, I looked up the actual definition of trailblazer, and it means someone who blazes a trail to be followed by others. And that's an honor to hear you're being associated with a concept like that.

"But the only thing I can hope that an award inspires is originality," she added, "because the trailblazers I've looked up to and been inspired by are people like Gilda Radner and Bill Murray and John Candy and Charlie Chaplin and the Beatles and J.D. Salinger. Lorne Michaels, who reminds me the importance of comedy, and Cameron Crowe, whose work consistently reminds me of why I want to be an actor."

After thanking her icons, Stone offered some inspiration to others.

"Those people are my creative trailblazers, but I'm not following any of their paths, and what's incredible about them is they help make me want to be more myself because they're all originals," she said. "And I hope that you'll find your trailblazers. And, trust me, I do not need to be one of them. I probably shouldn't be one of them," she laughed. "But that you'll continue to harness your own originality and what makes you unique 'cause I know that when you're a teenager — sometimes when you're an adult — what sets you apart can sometimes feel like a burden and it's not. And a lot of the time, it's what makes you great. So I kind of sound like I live in a van down by the river right now.

"But I am deeply touched and grateful for this," she said in closing.

This is Stone's second MTV Movie Award. She previously won for Best Comedic Performance for her turn in "Easy A" at the 2011 telecast.

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