Scarlett Johansson
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MTV has recently announced that Hollywood star Scarlett Johansson will be honoured with the Generation Award during the 2021 MTV Movie and TV Awards on Sunday.

According to Deadline, the Generation Award celebrates actors whose diverse contributions to both film and television have turned them into household names. The ‘Black Widow’ star will be joining previous recipients Sandra Bullock, Jim Carrey, Tom Cruise, Johnny Depp, Robert Downey Jr, Jamie Foxx, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and Mike Myers.

Additional Generation Award honourees include Chris Pratt, Adam Sandler, Will Smith, Mark Wahlberg and Reese Witherspoon.

Hosted by Leslie Jones, the ceremony will recognise and celebrate the year’s most notable scripted film and television titles. Disney’s ‘WandaVision’ leads those nominations with five categories including best show, the best performance in a show and best villain. ‘Emily in Paris’, ‘The Boys’, ‘The Mandalorian’ and ‘Borat Subsequent Moviefilm’ are also in contention.

MTV revealed last week that it will also honour Sacha Baron Cohen with its Comedic Genius Award on Sunday.

Nikki Glaser will host the second night of the 2021 MTV Movie and TV Awards, which will honour unscripted titles. Nominees for the first-ever MTV Movie and TV Awards: Unscripted include ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’, ‘Bling Empire’, ‘90 Day Fiance’, ‘The Bachelorette’ and ‘Legendary’.

News of Johansson’s MTV Movie & TV Awards honour comes just days after she issued a statement against the HFPA for its lack of diversity among its ranks. Joining ‘Avengers’ co-star Mark Ruffalo who spoke out a day before, Johansson recalled her experience with HFPA members criticised the Hollywood organisation.

“The HFPA is an organisation that was legitimised by the likes of Harvey Weinstein to amass momentum for Academy recognition, and the industry followed suit. Unless there is necessary fundamental reform within the organisation, I believe it is time that we take a step back from the HFPA and focus on the importance and strength of unity within our unions and the industry as a whole,” she said.