Vin Diesel Pays Touching Tribute to Paul Walker at People's Choice Awards

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At last night's 2016 People's Choice Awards, Furious 7 took home two top prizes, winning for both favorite movie and favorite action movie.

It also produced the night's most emotional moment, by far.

While the franchise is known for its eclectic ensemble cast, star and producer Vin Diesel took the stage by himself to accept the awards.

He wasn't alone in spirit, of course.

As you likely know, Diesel's co-star and close friend Paul Walker was killed in a car accident in 2013; his character "retired" in Furious 7.

Given Walker's crucial importance to the franchise, and Diesel's life, his acceptance speech wouldn't have been complete without a tribute.

Boy, did he deliver a memorable one.

"You know, as I was coming up here, I always do this. I say I'm not going to get emotional about winning these awards," Vin said.

"And I was cool when I was sitting in my seat, and then they handed me two awards," Diesel told the crowd as he fought back tears.

"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."

He closed his speech by crooning a few bars from Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth's "See You Again," the hit song from the blockbuster film's soundtrack and one that's come to be closely associated with Walker and his passing.

"I thank you so much and the only thing I can say now, 'It's been a long day without you, my friend, and I'll tell you all about it when I see you again,'" Diesel said, the audience roaring as he broke into song.

It was a moment that matched any awards show highlight in terms of pure emotion, and it was a tribute that fans of the franchise, as well family and friends of Paul Walker's, will cherish for years to come.

Check it out now ... and bring the tissues.

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