Matt Damon is occasionally billed as an Academy Award winner in movie trailers. It’s technically true — he won an Oscar in 1998 alongside Ben Affleck for writing Good Will Hunting. However, when he’s billed as an Academy Award winner, it seems like the trailer is saying that Damon has won an Oscar for acting. Which he hasn’t.
Damon has been nominated! In 1998 he was up for Best Actor in Good Will Hunting, 2010 saw him in the running for Best Supporting Actor for Invictus, and then last year’s ceremony saw him among the nominees for Best Actor after his performance in The Martian. But, alas, he didn’t win for any of those performances.
In an interview with Good Morning Britain, Damon joked about being billed as an Academy Award winner. “I received mine for screenwriting,” Damon said with a smile. “So I never thought that they would include that in my name, because it’s like, if I didn’t write the movie, why are they, you know…? But [the studio is] like, ‘It doesn’t matter. You have one. So we’ll just say Academy Award winner.’ And it always looks like I’ve got one for acting, but I didn’t.”
Matt Damon has been nominated at this year’s Academy Awards! But it was for producing Manchester by the Sea, so he’ll have to wait at least one more year for an Academy Award for acting.
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