The BFCA may have snubbed Matt Damon's supporting performance in "True Grit" but they will be feting him at their Jan. 14 Critics Choice kudofest with the Joel Seigel award for his humanitarian efforts, including being a co-founder of Water.org which brings clean drinking water to developing countries. In making the announcement BFCA president Joey Berlin said, "Matt understands, as Joel did, that the true value of celebrity is as an enhanced platform to do good works for others.”
"Matt personifies the values celebrated by the Joel Siegel Award," says BFCA President Joey Berlin. "Among his many charitable endeavors, Matt's work as co-founder of Water.org has inspired us to honor him."
The Critics Choice Movie Awards ceremony will be telecast on VH1 at 9 p.m. on Jan. 14.
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Hailee Steinfeld: Matt... has an iPad but all he does with it is play Scrabble.
During a recent interview with Matt Damon for The Times, I spoke at length about the writing of Good Will Hunting. The script arose, he said, from the stew of mixed feelings he had first as a Cambridge townie resentful of Harvard students, then as a Harvard undergraduate himself experiencing first hand the life he had been envying from afar.