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Monuments Men, Crystal Awards
  • The Monuments Men press junket starts today after a screening for journalists and cast on Wednesday.

  • Matt will receive a Crystal Award at the World Economics Forum in Switzerland next week.

    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.

  • Reports and photos from the UNICEF Ball are at PopSugar, Variety, WENN and the LA Times.

    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."

  • Another article promoting water.org is at In Style.

  • 23 comments or Leave a comment
    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: January 16th, 2014 10:56 am (UTC) (Link)


    here are shorter youtube versions of Matt imitating Weintraub and then receiving the humanitarian award.

    unfortunately, i'm not in the youtube video of Matt arriving at the TONIGHT SHOW but I am in the newscom.com one of him leaving if you do a search of matt damon i'm in the green towards the end.

    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 16th, 2014 12:25 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: UNICEF

    Amazing surprise -- Matt deserves that award - congratulations! :)
    fun_demented From: fun_demented Date: January 16th, 2014 05:58 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: UNICEF

    love it.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: January 16th, 2014 11:56 am (UTC) (Link)


    There's a private lunch next week with Matt, Richard Branson and other World Economic Forum invitees:


    A list of attendees and parties at Davos (Goldie Hawn will be the other notable celeb).

    Edited at 2014-01-16 12:28 pm (UTC)
    fun_demented From: fun_demented Date: January 16th, 2014 05:58 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: WEF

    thank you.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: January 16th, 2014 01:57 pm (UTC) (Link)

    OT: Oscars

    The documentary Matt supported, Dirty Wars, got an Oscar nomination.


    Paul Greengrass wasn't nominated, but Captain Phillips is up for Best Picture. Elysium was on the shortlist for at least one tech nom but didn't get in. Don't understand the love for American Hustle or its actors.

    Edited at 2014-01-16 01:58 pm (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: January 16th, 2014 03:28 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: OT: Oscars

    Do you think Matt will be attending Oscars - if so, it will definitely make for one very busy awards season! The Davos event is a very elite invite to obtain, Matt will have traveled all over the world within a months time frame..incredible!
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: January 16th, 2014 09:03 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: OT: Oscars

    I don't think he will attend as he would have no reason to be there.

    Edited at 2014-01-16 09:04 pm (UTC)
    fun_demented From: fun_demented Date: January 16th, 2014 05:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
    it's all so wonderful
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: January 16th, 2014 08:34 pm (UTC) (Link)


    A few photos from the junket so far - a great turn-out by the cast (no sling):



    Joseph McCabe ‏@JMaCabre
    At the 'Monuments Men' junket with Bill Murray, Cate Blanchett, George Clooney, Matt Damon and John Goodman. pic.twitter.com/zzIV94EvEh

    ChecaLAmovie ‏@teresagarza
    George Clooney y Matt Damon Conferencia de prensa #themounumensmen pic.twitter.com/94aytLzSqP

    Clips from the film:

    Edited at 2014-01-16 09:45 pm (UTC)
    fun_demented From: fun_demented Date: January 16th, 2014 10:33 pm (UTC) (Link)

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