Anthony Mackie opened up his heart while accepting his golden popcorn trophy at Sunday’s MTV Movie & TV Awards.

The actor took home the award for Hero of the Year for his performance as Sam Wilson in “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier”, and he got a bit emotional while sharing his appreciation on stage at the Palladium in Los Angeles.

“Everything that happened in the past year and a half has been literally a…  a very hard experience,” Mackie said, choosing his words delicately, and with a sadness in his voice. “But we’ve gotten through and we are stronger for it.”

“Thank you, MTV, for this. It means a lot,” he continued. “You guys will never know the amount of blood, sweat, and tears that went into this show. So, thank you.”

Before the show, ET’s Katie Krause caught up with Mackie on the red carpet and the actor expressed his excitement for the return of in-person awards shows and the very presence of red-carpet interviews.

“We’re still in masks. But it’s great,” he shared. “The whole idea of just being back into some semblance of reality is really great.”

The actor also addressed his friend and co-star Sebastian Stan playing legendary rocker Tommy Lee in an upcoming bio-pic, and he addressed some shockingly spot-on first-look pics that came out last week.

“Yo, I’m not trying to brag, but my boy looks good! Like, when I heard he was playing Tommy Lee, I was like, ‘Eh, I don’t know what to think about this, Sebastian. You bit off more than you can chew.’ But I saw the pictures, and my boy killed it,” Mackie marveled. “Tommy Lee should be proud… He looks amazing! Put in the work, he did the time, he looks phenomenal. So I’m excited to see it.”

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