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Cinematheque reports, photos
  • Detailed reports from the Cinematheque Award, to be broadcast during April on ABC, are at USA Today, Popwatch, People, the LA Times, The Wrap and E Online, among other sites. Photos are at Just Jared, PopSugar and Socialite Life. Some quotes:

    If age 39 seems a little young for Matt Damon to receive a lifetime achievement award, don't worry — they came to bury The Bourne Identity star, not to praise him.

    Robin Williams, George Clooney, Clint Eastwood, Ben Affleck, and late-night host Jimmy Kimmel transformed the honor from American Cinematheque into more of a roast than an earnest tribute. A lot will have to be bleeped out when it all airs later on ABC (the date hasn't yet been specified.)

    Charlize Theron, who co-starred with Damon and Will Smith in 2000'sThe Legend of Bagger Vance, pointed out that it was "the only Will Smith movie that didn't make, like, a gajillion dollars. Later, I was reunited with Will Smith in Hancock — which did great! So... it must've been you, Matt."

    The award was finally given to him by lifelong friend Ben Affleck, whose wife, Jennifer Garner, described Damon as "my darling husband's darling husband."

    Damon responded by making Affleck hold the trophy beside him while he read his acceptance speech — firing back at everyone who had just mocked him, with one exception: "I'm not going to (expletive) with Clint Eastwood."

    "Ben, my hetero-lifemate," he said. "You're my best friend, and there's nobody in the business I hold in higher regard. I can honestly say that next year, at this time, Ben could be here... presenting this award to someone else."

    Damon’s table (which included his parents, brother, and wife, along with Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner) didn’t seem too interested in sitting and eating either, as they stood and chatted happily before the official proceedings. Damon and his wife, Luciana, held hands constantly, while Ben and Jen whispered into each other’s ear, with Garner giving Affleck an affectionate stroke under his chin.

    Charlize Theron, who appeared with Damon in "The Legend of Bagger Vance," took on a more serious tone when she talked about Damon's work for Water.org, a nonprofit organization co-founded by Damon that assists developing countries in providing safe drinking water for all. "He uses his influence carefully," she said.

    Jennifer Garner thanked Damon for his wife Lucy, "for keeping us sane," while their husbands talk endlessly about their beloved Red Sox. Garner also described Damon and Affleck's relationship as "one of the greatest love stories ever told."

    Affleck presented his buddy of 30 years with the Cinematheque award."Who would imagine Matt would be here tonight?" Affleck asked. "No one."

    Accepting the award, Damon said that "this is way too much attention for one person" and then proceeded to skewer everyone who had roasted him that night.
  • 9 comments or Leave a comment
    From: (Anonymous) Date: March 29th, 2010 02:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
    That picture of them together is adorable.

    From: gachyy Date: March 29th, 2010 03:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
    They're madly in love.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: March 29th, 2010 04:20 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Nice quote

    Wonderful quote from Matt in the AP footage.


    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: March 29th, 2010 08:20 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Nice quote


    "If my kids are proud of me that would have been a life well lived."

    There's another video here with Kent and Celeste (and Marc Joubert?) in the background of the still:

    From: (Anonymous) Date: March 29th, 2010 04:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Luciana's dress is really lovely on her, especially the color.

    So far, it doesn't sound like Matt's mother was able to attend, which is too bad, but perhaps she had other commitments already scheduled.

    Looks like everyone had a good time and also looks like it was a well-run event.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: March 29th, 2010 08:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
    She doesn't usually attend these events. Matt said she was at home with the kids during the Oscars, and she probably was this time also. I don't think she has ever attended an event when Kent did too (apart from the 1998 Oscars).
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: March 30th, 2010 01:54 am (UTC) (Link)

    Matt talks about Lucy

    A great video of Shaun Robinson interviewing Matt about the event and Lucy is at Access Hollywood's site.


    [Shaun refers to Lucy, who's standing at the back]

    Shaun Robinson:She’s in the background.
    Matt: She’s hiding.
    Shaun: Tell me: [to Lucy] how deserving is he of this award? (Lucy's response can't be heard)
    Matt: She likes to be in the background, you know. She’s not... She’s here for me. She’s the best.
    Shaun: She’s beautiful. Gorgeous.
    Matt: Yeah, in every way. She’s amazing.
    Shaun: You’re a lucky man.
    Matt: More than you can possibly know.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: March 30th, 2010 11:16 am (UTC) (Link)

    Marriage Comments

    A lovely selection of pictures, Lucy gorgeous in electric blue. I love the way her dress fits her. Matt looks glowing too; a good night out and nice to see Matt being praised for all the top quality work he is doing as an actor and humanitarian.

    Matt's glowing praise of Lucy show to me how he probably really feels about marriage. In the abstract spending your whole life with one person may seem unnatural to a lot of people, (I'm not one of those people by the way), but he is clearly a devoted husband and father.

    He's in an industry where fidelity or faithfulness doesn't seem to be a big deal, cheating seems to go on left right and centre, and people change partners with dizzying frequency, against that backdrop his comment doesn't surprise me.

    He's the product of divorce, and therefore probably doesn't have a template of the joy and security that a long marriage gives to men and women and children.

    My parents have been married for nearly 50 years and still really love each other, and all my family and friends have been married or with their partners for a long time so for me that is the norm, but my experience is probably not normal anymore; times have really changed. Marcia
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: March 30th, 2010 11:58 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Marriage Comments

    Wise words there Marcia. They seem to be so happy together, and the relationship works for them. They've been glowing all awards season.
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