Matt Damon receiving Joel Siegel award at CCMAs


By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Matt Damon didn’t make the cut in the Best Supporting Actor category for his “True Grit” performance at this year’s Critics’ Choice Movie Awards. Perhaps the Broadcast Film Critics Association knew what was coming?

The BFCA announced this morning that Damon will receive the fourth annual Joel Siegel Award at the 16th annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards, which air on Friday, Jan. 14 on VH1. The award recognizes Hollywood talent who make significant contributions away from the silver screen.

From this morning’s release:

“Matt personifies the values celebrated by the Joel Siegel Award,” says BFCA President Joey Berlin. “Among his many charitable endeavors, Matt’s work as co-founder of Water.org has inspired us to honor him. The profound mission of Water.org is to help bring a day when everyone on the planet can take a safe drink of water. Matt is also a founder of Not On Our Watch, which focuses global attention and resources to stop and prevent mass atrocities. He helps fight AIDS and poverty as a supporter of the ONE Campaign. He is also an ambassador for ONEXONE, a non-profit foundation committed to supporting, preserving and improving the lives of children at home in the United States and around the world, and a spokesperson for Feeding America, this country’s largest hunger-relief organization. Clearly Matt understands, as Joel did, that the true value of celebrity is as an enhanced platform to do good works for others.”

Kevin Bacon received last year’s award.

VH1 and MTV will air the 16th Annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards Red Carpet Pre-Show live on Friday, January 14 at 8:30 PM ET/PT. The ceremony begins at 9 p.m. The pre-show will also be available on CriticsChoice.VH1.com.

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