Although the ceremony was back in March, the event aired on television last night and Ben Affleck presented his best friend Matt Damon with the American Cinematheque Award. He said:
"I kind of started out the same time with the guy, so this is a special night for me too. Seriously though, in Good Will Hunting I was gonna play the main guy, Matt's part. But it felt like it was so on the nose to have me play a genius.
Who could have imagined Matt would be here tonight? No one. Not his parents. Always seemed like they liked me a little more. I don't know, maybe it's just me. In all seriousness, Matt is a great guy, my best friend. It's an honor to present the American Cinematheque Award to my friend Matt Damon."
How touching! Plenty of jokes were made at Matt's expense though including one from Jimmy Kimmel:
"This is ridiculous giving salute to someone under 40. Next year lets give it to Vanessa Hudgens. I don't have much so say about Matt Damon, just like he didn't have much to say in Oceans 11, 12 and 13."
As for Matt, he accepted the award with gratitude and a touch of humor:
"I think everyone who works in this industry feels lucky to do what they do. This is quite a night for me that they are giving me this honor. It is all about supporting the work that they do.
To get the award from Ben, my 'hetero-lifemate', I can honestly say that next year at this time I think there's a good chance that Ben will be here - presenting this award to someone else."
And congrats to Matt!
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