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Will Ferrell to be named Comedic Genius at MTV Movie Awards

February 28, 2013|By Patrick Kevin Day
  • Will Ferrell as Ron Burgundy in "Anchorman."
Will Ferrell as Ron Burgundy in "Anchorman." (Frank Masi / Dreamworks )

Will Ferrell may be lacking in Oscars, Emmys and Golden Globes, but he's about to kick off a tradition on the upcoming MTV Movie Awards. The actor is getting the first-ever Comedic Genius Award on the telecast April 14.

Is 45 too young to be given a lifetime achievement award? Maybe so, but MTV's key demo is teenagers, so middle-age might as well be the end of life as far as they're concerned.

In a statement, MTV President Stephen Friedman said, "Over the course of his extraordinary, 17-plus-year career, he has entertained audiences across the globe with an impressive array of laugh-out-loud performances on air, online and in films. Simply put, Will Ferrell is 'kind of a big deal.' "

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For those not in the know, Friedman worked in a reference to Ferrell's comedy hit "Anchorman," which came out in 2004. The long-awaited sequel, "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues," comes out this Christmas. Any bets that Ferrell will show up to accept the award in his Ron Burgundy suit?

The rest of the nominees will be announced March 5 during the "2013 MTV Movie Awards Nominations Spectacular," which will be revealed by MTV News' Josh Horowitz and Rebel Wilson, the host of the awards show.

Wilson, who shot to fame in "Bridesmaids," had a role in last year's "Pitch Perfect" and appears in the upcoming "Pain & Gain," directed by Michael Bay.

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