Damon set for Cinematheque tribute

March 22, 2010 at 3:23 PM
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LOS ANGELES, March 22 (UPI) -- Film star Matt Damon is to be honored with the American Cinematheque Award this weekend, organizers said Monday.

Damon's longtime friend and frequent collaborator Ben Affleck is to present him with the prize Saturday at a gala at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles.

Expected to pay tribute to Damon during the event are Casey Affleck, Don Cheadle, former U.S. President Bill Clinton, George Clooney, Clint Eastwood, Jimmy Kimmel, Greg Kinnear, Ben Stiller, Charlize Theron and Robin Williams.

The ceremony is to air exclusively on ABC at a later date, the network said, adding this will be the first time it broadcasts the event.

The American Cinematheque Award is presented annually to an extraordinary artist currently making a significant contribution to the art of the moving picture. It is a mid-career achievement honor, organizers said.

Damon's film credits include "Good Will Hunting," "Dogma," the "Ocean's Eleven" franchise, "Syriana," the "Bourne" trilogy, "The Good Shepherd" and "Green Zone."

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