Though “The Hunger Games” took away the Movie of the Year Award at the MTV Movie Awards on Sunday night, the win was underscored by the loss of one of the film’s stars, Philip Seymour Hoffman, who died suddenly in 2013 after a drug overdose.
Actor Josh Hutcherson, who accepted the golden popcorn trophy with “Catching Fire” actor Sam Claflin, remembered Hoffman in his speech:
“I know that if Philip were here, he would think this was really cool, and to have him in our movies was one of the coolest things in the world. He’s one of the actors I’ve looked up to my entire life, and we think about him every day on set. Wherever he is, this definitely goes out to him as well.”
Hoffman played Game architect Plutarch Heavensbee, and will appear in the next two installments of “The Hunger Games.”