Harry Potter star Emma Watson revealed she was on the brink of tears when she was honoured with the Trailblazer Award at the MTV Movie Awards in Los Angeles.
She picked up her gong from My Week With Marilyn co-star Eddie Redmayne and Perks of Being A Wallflower co-star Logan Lerman after a montage of scenes from her movies.
"You are going to make me cry," she told the crowd at the Sony studio in Culver City.
"After seeing those clips I look back at the work I've done over the past 14 years. Many things come to mind, most importantly how bad my hair was in the first Harry Potter film."
Addressing the crowd she added: "You have supported me in all of my awkwardness and allowed me to grow to the kind of actress and person that I hope to be. Becoming yourself is really hard and confusing and it's a process."
The actress revealed she was always an "eager beaver" at school, saying: "I got teased mercilessly but if you pour your heart into things, amazing things can happen."
Marvel's Avengers Assemble was the big movie of the night at the glittering ceremony. The comic book caper picked up the Movie of the Year Award and the Best Fight gong and British star Tom Hiddleston scored Best Villain for his portrayal of baddie Loki.
Silver Linings Playbook stars Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence scored best male and female performances and the pair also picked up the Best Kiss golden popcorn trophy.
Django Unchained star Jamie Foxx was honoured with the Generation Award and Anchorman star Will Ferrell was crowned Comedic Genius.
The ceremony will be shown on MTV on Monday April 15 at 9pm.