Robert Downey Jr. Is Getting an Award for Reaching the MTV Generation

The top honor at the MTV Movie Awards will be presented April 12

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He's a movie star who has played other movie stars. Now Robert Downey Jr. will be honored for his work at the upcoming MTV Movie Awards.

Downey will receive the MTV Generation Award, which honors an actor "who has engaged the MTV audience throughout their career." His "Avengers: Age of Ultron" co-stars Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo and Jeremy Renner will present the award at the April 12 show.

"Throughout his career, Robert Downey Jr. has mesmerized audiences by capturing the humanity in larger-than-life characters like Charlie Chaplin, Sherlock Holmes and Tony Stark," said MTV president Stephen Friedman.

Last year's awards averaged 2.8 million viewers, down from 3.8 million in 2013. MTV is hoping an Avenger-filled awards show—airing before the May 1 release of the Marvel sequel—will bring viewers back. Last year, the awards went up against the return of Mad Men on AMC.

Official sponsors of the MTV Movie Awards, which will be broadcast live from the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles, include Fiat, Geico, Taco Bell and T-Mobile.

@ChrisAriens Chris Ariens is the managing editor and director of video at Adweek.