Paul Walker has been honored in numerous ways since he passed in November 2013, and that continued at the Teen Choice Awards as he won Choice Movie Actor: Action/Adventure. Even more touching, his daughter Meadow was there to watch it happen.
Although Paul Walker may no longer be with us, his legacy lives on thanks to the Teen Choice Awards. Fans selected him as Choice Movie Actor: Action/Adventure for his role in Furious 7, and members of his Fast and the Furious family were in attendance to celebrate his win as well as the movie’s win for Choice Movie: Action/Adventure. Vin Diesel reserved a special place in his acceptance speech for Paul, and even gave a shout-out to his daughter, Meadow Walker, who happened to be in the audience.
Ludacris revealed Paul’s win after Furious 7 was named Choice Movie: Action/Adventure as he, Vin, Michelle Rodriguez, and Jordana Brewster accepted that award. While giving an acceptance speech on behalf of everyone, Vin said, “I can’t stand here and be rewarded like this without talking about somebody very, very, very important to us. One of the best blessings in our lives is the fact that we have the opportunity to call Pablo our brother. Paul Walker is here in spirit with us.”
As cheers from the audience got louder, Vin continued by saying that Paul’s family was the reason they were able to complete the bittersweet filming of Furious 7. In a touching shout-out, Vin specifically honored Meadow, who he said is “a part of the family that kept us going.” So sweet.
Like the Furious cast, Meadow was extremely close to her father. She remembers her dad by posting beautiful photos of them together on Instagram that show just how much he meant to her. We can only imagine what it was like for her to watch her dad be honored by teens across the country and receive such a meaningful shout-out.
Vin, Michelle, Luda and Jordana stayed on stage for Paul’s award, with Jordana adding, “We miss you and we will always, always love you, Paul.” Wiz Khalifa also mentioned Paul in his speech while accepting the award for Choice R&B/Hip-Hop Song, which happened to be for “See You Again,” the Furious 7 tribute song for Paul. Clearly Paul meant a lot to everyone he knew.
As sad as it is that Paul is gone, we are so happy that fans wanted to honor him with this award and that his daughter was able to witness it in person. The Fast and the Furious franchise has a massive following, so there are millions of people still mourning the loss of Paul. We’re glad fans took this year’s Teen Choice Awards as an opportunity to pay tribute to the amazing actor and person he was.
Did you vote for Paul for Choice Male Actor, HollywoodLifers? Feel free to share how much he meant to you in the comments below.
— Taylor Weatherby