Vin Diesel Sings a Tribute to Paul Walker at the People's Choice Awards
We have seen the future and, sorry, Furious 7 does not smash through the Academy Awards' Best Picture category in a flaming Lykan HyperSport. Blame Mad Max: Fury Road. But that doesn't mean 2015's cylinder-firing blockbuster is going home empty-handed. Wednesday night, Vin Diesel took the People's Choice Awards stage to accept statues for "Favorite Action Movie" and "Favorite Movie." In the end, he said, it was love that provided the fuel to take him to this moment. Love for the franchise (Diesel promises he'll take it to Fast X), love for his cast and crew, and love, most of all, for his brother from another mother, Paul Walker, who died in a tragic car accident halfway through filming.
"You’d be amazed what you can do with love," Diesel said. His reflection naturally turned towards Walker. "I say I’m not going to get emotional about winning these awards, and I was cool when I was sitting in my seat, and then they handed me two awards. One for favorite action movie and one for favorite film. You all thought that this was your favorite film. I think of Dom and Brian and I start to think of Paul.”
Diesel went straight for his audience's collective heart by whispering a few bars of Wiz Khalifa's "See You Again." Furious 7's musical tribute to Walker became one of 2015's biggest singles, the boy-tear answer to "My Heart Will Go On." Diesel's off-the-cuff version melted hearts. And it will melt yours too. Watch it above.
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