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Gotham Awards
  • Matt was honored with a career tribute at the IFP Gotham Independent Film Awards on Monday. John Krasinski presented Matt with the award. A report is at Showbiz411 with photos at Us magazine, PopSugar, Because I am fabulous, Daily Mail, Fashionmagazine247 and Gossip Center. The full text of Matt's speech is at HitFix.

    10:00 PM: Matt Damon comes to the stage. "Alright sit down, everyone's tired. Everyone wants to go home." "Thank you John. That's really great. It's really weird to see your firend and you come up here and you hug and you're like 'I just saw you. We just had dinner together.'" "I was here 15 years ago at the Gotham Awards and I remeber that because it was right before 'Goodwill Hunting' came out and it was the first time my live became surreal because Calvin Klein gave me a suit for free."

    "I realized I was putting it on and I added up all the clothes I had ever owned in my life they wouldn't be worth as much as the suit I as putting on." "The rest of it is that 15 years later I'm married to this incredible person and I have these great kids and I make movies and that's what I do. I get to make them with people like Gus still. He still returns my call which is great and John and Fran and Rosemarie and Hal Holbrook who is here tonight." "And David O. Russell, I heard what you said before. You're like a wolf and I'm like Sarah Palin in a helicopter. It's only a matter of time motherfucker." "I feel very privileged to do what I do. I have never taken it for granted and I never will. Thank you very much."

  • Michael Douglas praised Matt's performance in Promised Land in the annual Variety Actors on Actors series.

    In "Promised Land," you get a chance to see Matt's inherent likability. Some actors have that quality, some don't. And that likability is necessary to play this kind of scam artist and still be as caring as you are for his trip.

    His face is an open book from the first frame when he's washing his face and he's tormented and nervous about what's to come. He handles it without pushing. And he ends the picure with a final speech before the town, telling them the entire truth and what's he's been involved with. It's emotional and powerful without being pushed.

    In some ways, Matt is like John Wayne, who had that inherent feeling of trust. Which you also get from Matt. There's a direct truthfulness there that a lot of actors don't have. They have to get tricky. Matt has this inherent shit detector. He's a very good listener, but he also has the ability to handle lengthy dialogue, which is becoming a relatively lost art in film.

    He produced this picture and wrote it, and from my own experience with doing dual roles, it never gets in the way for him. Matt has enough knowledge as a writer and producer to surround himself with the best people possible. He's not threatened by talent. He enjoys it.

  • Chris Hemsworth recalled a discussion with Matt in Empire, via Comic Book Movie:

    Empire: On How The Box Office Success Of Marvel's The Avengers Has Affected His Outlook:

    Hemsworth: You almost forget that this just doesn't happen that often. I was talking to Matt Damon and he goes to me, "So Snow White did pretty good?" and I said, "Yeah, I think it'll probably hit $400 million, but it's not Avengers numbers." And he goes, "Man!" and he shook his head. "You're [frick]ing ruined - 400's huge!" It's like my brain thinks, "That's the norm now, that's the benchmark." Which, Jesus, I don't think anything will ever come close...Probably Avengers 2. But it will be pretty hard to hit that again. It's almost as if I've been ruined for the rest of my career regarding box office expectations.

  • The live stream for Tuesday's TimesTalk with Matt, John and Gus is available here.
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    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: November 27th, 2012 10:06 am (UTC) (Link)


    Startraks has great photos inside the venue (small pics only):


    Patrick McMullan has red carpet pics:

    Many photo agencies and journos went to the Brad Pitt premiere instead of the Gotham awards ceremony (which has almost no relevance to the awards season).

    The Daily Mail article has been updated with various photos and a video with numerous shots of Matt and Lucy.

    Edited at 2012-11-27 11:11 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: November 27th, 2012 05:08 pm (UTC) (Link)

    '97 photo

    IFP tweeted a photo of Matt and Ben from that '97 Gotham awards show he mentioned. They look about 12.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: November 27th, 2012 06:20 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: '97 photo

    Loving all the pics. I like Emily with the lighter hair. They really seem like a close bunch. I love it!
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    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: November 27th, 2012 10:19 pm (UTC) (Link)

    David O Russell

    David and Matt met after the ceremony to discuss working together:

    From: (Anonymous) Date: November 27th, 2012 10:41 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Gotham Awards

    Matt and Lucy are always holding hands and hugging each other on the red carpet. They look very sweet together. (ツ)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: November 27th, 2012 11:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Lucy & Emily seem to be very close.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: November 28th, 2012 01:23 am (UTC) (Link)
    Absolutely. Lainey's article today compares the closeness of Lucy and Emily with gossip about how Lucy and Jennifer Garner are not close (as we already knew). Even without Matt, Lucy has gone out to dinner/drinks with John and Emily solo. Lucy's never been seen alone with Jennifer.

    Edited at 2012-11-28 01:24 am (UTC)
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    From: (Anonymous) Date: November 28th, 2012 12:36 am (UTC) (Link)
    Grrr.... the live stream bailed out on me!
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: November 28th, 2012 01:20 am (UTC) (Link)

    Times Talk

    The live stream for the TimesTalk worked perfectly for me - so much better than the awards show. The interview was fun, and everyone is being very moderate in their pro or anti fracking comments (to the displeasure of probably both groups).

    Matt says he has absolutely no new projects lined up for 2013, but he has now watched Bourne Legacy. There were some interesting new stories about the making of GWH, and the director/studio struggles.

    On Promised Land, it looks like it may not get any more awards attention, but if there are no more awards shows, at least the Gothams was a fun event.

    Edited at 2012-11-28 01:21 am (UTC)
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