People’s Choice Awards 2016: Fast and Furious award is a tribute to Paul Walker, says Vin Diesel
The 2016 People’s Choice Award for the Favourite Movie and the Favourite Action Movie went to none other than Furious 7, the seventh instalment in the Fast and Furious series, which starred the late Paul Walker.
The seventh edition of the Fast & Furious franchise was released after Walker’s death. Much to the delight of the Fast & Furious fans, the movie bagged two awards on Wednesday (January 6) night.
But perhaps the most emotionally draining moment at the event came when the lead actor of Furious 7, Vin Diesel aka Dominic “Dom” Toretto, walked to the stage to accept the awards for the film.
The 48-year-old actor got emotional speaking about his late co-star Paul Walker, as reported by E! Online.
Vin Diesel paid a moving tribute to his late friend and co-star Paul Walker during his award acceptance speech at the event.
He said that it was difficult for him and his team to film the movie after Walker’s death in a 2013 car crash.
“It was a labour of love. My only message to you is that you’d be amazed at what you can do with love,” he said, “You’d be amazed at how powerful a force that is. When we didn’t want to come back to filming when the tragedy was too heavy, it was the love of everyone combined that saw us through to the end.”
Vin Diesel could be seen fighting back tears as he said that he wasn’t expecting to be hit with such a wave of emotions.
“You know, as I was coming up here, I always do this. I say I’m not going to get emotional about winning these awards, and I was cool when I was sitting in my seat, and then they handed me two awards. One for favourite action movie and one for favourite film. You all thought that this was your favourite film. I think of Dom and Brian and I start to think of Paul,” he said.
He also said that the People Choice Awards are particularly meaningful because they come directly from the people.
“I want to thank the People’s Choice Awards. It’s real people that are voting for these awards. It’s just pure fans saying how much they appreciate our work, and that means the world to me,” he added.
To end this emotional speech, Diesel crooned a heartfelt See You Again for his late friend Paul Walker.
“I thank you so much and the only thing I can say now, ‘It’s been a long day without you, my friend, and I’ll tell you all about it when I see you again,'” he sang.