Vin Diesel
Vin Diesel with co-stars Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster and Tyrese Gibson at the MTV Movie and TV Awards Reuters

Vin Diesel never misses an opportunity to express his love for late actor Paul Walker whom he considers as his younger brother. During the MTV Movie and TV Awards on 7 May, the Fast & Furious franchise was honoured with the Generation Award, celebrating the blockbuster franchise's impact on the film industry and community.

Before handing over the popcorn trophy to the highly successful franchise, Gal Gadot praised F&F films as an "undeniable part of our culture. She said: "I was asked to be a part of the Fast and Furious franchise. The stunts may get bigger and crazier, but the heartbeat of the franchise – the reason people keep packing theatres over and over – is family. A diverse group of people that stick together no matter what. Through on-screen adventures and real-life tragedy, the Fast and the Furious is more than just a series of movies. It's become an undeniable part of our culture."

Diesel was visibly emotional while receiving the award and started his acceptance speech by mentioning the actor, whom he lovingly calls Pablo. "In 2002, I was standing on this stage and MTV had given Paul Walker and I, an award for Best Duo. Now, 15 years later, I'm with my whole family, and you're giving us the Generation Award," the 49-year-old actor and producer said.

The car racing action thriller is eight films old with the latest film – Fate of the Furious – breaking global box office records. Diesel insists that his action franchise is about the core value of a friendship and family. "I gotta thank our generation. I gotta thank a generation that was willing to accept this multicultural franchise where it didn't matter what colour your skin was or what country you're from. When you're family, you're family," he continued.

The Hollywood actor concluded his speech by a heartfelt note for his dear 'brother' by offering the trophy to Walker while looking towards heaven. "I could never stand on this stage and talk about Fast and Furious without giving love to my brother Pablo – our brother Pablo – we hope you're proud."

Walker, who died in a tragic car crash on 23 November 2013, was last seen playing the role of Brian O'Conner in the seventh movie in the series. Diesel, has previously shared an emotional post hoping he will make his friend 'proud' of the film.