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Oscar nomination for Invictus
  • Matt has been nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for Invictus. Morgan Freeman was nominated for Best Actor but Invictus did not receive a nomination for Best Picture (or any other nominations). The Informant did not receive any nominations. The full list of nominees is at Oscar.com. Congratulations Matt!

  • Morgan Freeman's reaction to his nomination is at the Hollywood Reporter.

    Morgan Freeman received his fifth Oscar nomination -- he won once before for "Million Dollar Baby" -- for stepping into the shoes of Nelson Mandela in "Invictus." "I'd like to thank the Academy for this honor," he said in a statement. "Congratulations to Matt Damon on his nomination. I'm especially grateful to Clint Eastwood, 'Invictus' producer Lori McCreary, and the entire cast and crew of 'Invictus.' Most importantly, thank you to Nelson Mandela for his encouragement, his blessing and his friendship -- without which, this film would not have been possible."
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    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 2nd, 2010 02:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
    That's wonderful, congratulations, Matt and Morgan!

    loganx2 From: loganx2 Date: February 2nd, 2010 03:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
    I have mixed emotions on Matt being nominated for Invictus. He has been snubbed so many times in the past I am happy to see him get some recognition, but he really doesnt do anything in Invictus. I would have liked it much more for the Informant!. He is actually much better than Clooney and Freeman and deserved to be nominated over either one of them.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: February 2nd, 2010 03:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Absolutely. An Informant nod would have been better, and lots of people are already grouching about Matt's nomination, but if it's an award for people liking Matt, I'll take it.

    When people say he doesn't deserve it I keep remembering Matt's quote about how he worked harder for this movie than anything else he's done before (the accent, the training). Sometimes it pays off in unexpected ways.

    And it's a strange victory for Matt's belief that he didn't want his role to be any larger because it wouldn't serve the story.

    Edited at 2010-02-02 03:18 pm (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 2nd, 2010 05:42 pm (UTC) (Link)

    This is great!
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: February 3rd, 2010 01:30 am (UTC) (Link)

    Comment by Matt

    Matt has been quoted about his nomination on CNN, Canadian TV and this site - still haven't found the original source:


    "To be directed by Clint Eastwood every day and to sit across the table from Morgan Freeman and watch him do what he did was a dream come true. I’m so grateful that this role came my way."
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