In 1997, two childhood friends won the Academy Award for Best Screenplay for the film Good Will Hunting. A decade and a half later, those two friends — Ben Affleck and Matt Damon — are still hitting hollywood with outstanding performances and productions. Tomorrow, March 27, Affleck will present his long-time friend with the American Cinematheque Award, which honors one extraordinary artist a year for their current significant attributions to the art of moving pictures.
Damon is well-deserved of such award; he recently received another Oscar nomination for his supporting role as François Pienaar in Invictus, and he currently stars in the war thriller Green Zone. Damon just wrapped Margaret, The Adjustment Bureau, and Hereafter, all of which are set to be released this year. So as far as ‘current’ applies, Damon is as active as they come in the film industry right now.
This benefit has been taking place annually for 24 years now but its list of recipients is still highly prestigious even today’s world of blockbusters. The list includes actors such as Tom Cruise, Denzel Washington, Jodie Foster, Nicole Kidman, and George Clooney, as well as directors such as Martin Scorsese and Steven Spielberg.
Perhaps Damon never expected to gain so much success becoming a college drop-out, but what’s so great is that he’s still close friends with Affleck who be the one honoring him. Oh I can see the tears already.