The Peruvian tenor Juan Diego Florez and U.S. actor Matt Damon will receive next week in Davos (Switzerland) a Crystal Award, a distinction created by the World Economic Forum on specific artists who contribute to improving the world.
The event: Matt Damon and producer Jerry Weintraub teamed up Tuesday to emcee the 2014 UNICEF Ball, so often going off script in their lively, largely impromptu dialogue that at one point Damon turned to Weintraub and, referencing Sunday's Golden Globes telecast, asked if the two were the night’s Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.
A quote of note: Explaining how he came to co-emcee the ball and present Douglas’ award, Damon said: “There are two rules in Hollywood, as far as I know: One is ‘Never work with children or animals,’ and the other is ‘Never say no to Jerry Weintraub.’”
Matt Damon was left stunned and speechless when he was awarded a surprise honour at the UNICEF Ball in Beverly Hills, California on Tuesday night after paying tribute to his Behind The Candelabra co-star Michael Douglas.
The movie star helped to host the event and presented his pal with the night's Danny Kaye Humanitarian Peace Award, but he had no idea he'd be taking home a prize too.
At the end of the ceremony, Damon, who ditched an arm sling he's wearing to help him recover from a mountain biking accident for the gala, was handed a trophy to recognise his work with clean water and sanitation charity water.org.
The flustered actor said, "Oh my God... Come on... This is totally unexpected. I was here to close the show."