Best: Robert Downey Jr.'s Speech for Generation Award
Leave it to Downey Jr. to show up the rookies. If we're to imagine RDJ's internal stage directions, it would sound like: Convey a sense humility that is both effortless and genuine, with just the right amount of derision. Like when the 50-year-old Iron Man star joked, in reference to the show's set design, that he's been waiting 10 years to "emerge from a massive, trippy cat head to receive the recognition I've so desired." As his Avengers costars Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Chris Evans, and Chris Hemsworth kneeled before him, Downey Jr. admitted that in the 34 years since MTV's birth, he has "squandered, resisted, surrendered, repented, [and] labored." No doubt some people in the audience (and elsewhere) will want to look to this speech in a few years to see how comebacks are done. "Keep your nose clean," he added, without pausing for the laughs.