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Matt Damon: Starring in his own 'lifetime' special


OK, this is pretty depressing. I just keep getting older while showbiz lifetime achievement award winners just keep getting younger. We all know that in its quest for a big TV payday, the AFI has turned itself into a laughingstock in recent years by snubbing all sorts of deserving Hollywood creative giants in favor of middle-aged lightweights (this year's honoree being Michael Douglas).

But now, according to Variety, the American Cinematheque is handing out a lifetime achievement award to the still-boyish Matt Damon, who at 38 is younger than about half of the New York Yankees outfield.

The award dinner will be broadcast March 27 on ABC, which is the real tip-off to what's going on. In recent years, Cinematheque shows honoring the slightly more mature Julia Roberts and Samuel L. Jackson -- who was in his late 50s when he received his honor -- were televised on the AMC channel. But now that the Cinematheque has landed a bigger, A-list honoree, it gets to step up from the cable minor leagues to network big time.

Imagine the possibilities: If the Cinematheque could deliver Megan Fox or Kristen Stewart next year, it could probably get Fox to put the show on right after "American Idol."

Photo of Matt Damon by Axel Schmidt / AFP/Getty Images.

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Just make sure to make great statements when in public it will always follow you, for a good example I just listen to Ronald Reagan at IDONTAGREE web site from 48 years ago and my hair was straight up after listening !!! just wonderful I hope you get the award rockon

He is a great actor and one of the few class acts in Hollywood, he deserves it

Mr. Damon has been in a whole lot of movies. He stays out of gossip columns and does nothing but make movies. I think he is deserving of the award.

keep up the great work and hope all your dreams comr thru!!!!!!! IDONTAGREE WEB SITE LOVES YOU

Well said, Patrick!

It's ludicrous that the AFI hasn't recognized that most quintessential American actor for its Lifetime Achievement Award --- Gene Hackman.

The film industry is a joke. Matt Damon is a weird dude.

What a joke! I bet most people thought the title of the article was facetious.

But what exactly are Damon's lifetime achievements? Running and jumping in a few capers? Then some lefty rants? And this is..... all?

I think Matt Damon is a very good actor and appears to be very likeable in interviews. Howver, "life time achievenet award?" He has not lived long enough to achieve anything of real value yet except maybe for his children. Hopefully, his best work is yet to come, because he has no real body of work. Give me a break, he should decline this dubious honor, shame on the award givers.

Age should not be descriminated against! What's next, Michael Jackson wasn't WHITE enough? Get a grip, Mr Damon has captivated audiences with heart warming roles, such as Borne, Ryan, and Hunting. He is at the height of his career. Yes, he is young looking, but, he is mature for this award. Personally, I think Patrick Goldstein is a little taken back, and, maybe, jealous for insisting that we should pay more attention to age, instead of Damon's matured talent and offstage responsibility. I don't see Matt making the headlines as a sexual predator, drug addict, or a political or religious zealout. Yes, he is young in age, but, he is mature at heart. He has significantly contributed to my DVD collection, and, honestly, he is more in-tune with social views, than, say Arnold Schwartzeneger, or Sylvester Stalone. Sorry, if I seem a little straight forward, but, he is great at what he does, and I am glad to see him accept this award.

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