Johnny Depp to be awarded for contribution to cinema

Updated: Jun 02, 2012, 13:02 PM IST

Los Angeles: ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ star Johnny Depp is to receive the MTV Generation award at the network`s movie awards ceremony on Sunday.

The 48-year-old actor is being given the accolade as a celebration of his contribution to cinema over the last twenty years through films like ‘Edward Scissorhands’, ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ and ‘Sleepy Hollow’.

"Johnny Depp is a fearless, once-in-a-generation talent with a chameleon-like ability to inhabit any role. With years of astonishing performances, Johnny has truly earned this Generation Award, and we look forward to honouring him with a can`t-miss tribute at this year`s Movie Awards," said Stephen Friedman, President of MTV.

Previous recipients of the MTV Generation Award include Reese Witherspoon, Sandra Bullock, Ben Stiller, Adam Sandler, Mike Myers, Tom Cruise and Jim Carrey.

Depp is currently filming his latest movie, ‘The Lone Ranger’, in which he plays the titular cowboy`s native American sidekick, Tonto, a member of the Comanche Nation.