Friday January 7th, 2011 · by Annie

Matt Damon Honored For Charitable Work With Critics Choice Award

The Broadcast Film Critics Association announced today that at this year’s 16th annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards, Matt Damon will receive the Joel Siegel award. Get it, Damon!

The show will air live on Jan. 14th, and this is the 4th annual Siegel award to be given out. The award and its name comes from “Good Morning America” film critic and BFCA member Joel Siegel, who lost a battle with cancer in June, 2007.

According to the BFCA, their reasons for choosing Damon as a recipient are many, and not only include his astounding film career— this past year he appeared in the Coen Brothers’ True Grit, Clint Eastwood’s Hereafter, and Paul Greengrass’ Green Zone— but also his dedication to charitable work.

“Matt personifies the values celebrated by the Joel Siegel Award,” said BFCA President Joey Berlin after the announcement. “Among his many charitable endeavors, Matt’s work as co-founder of Water.org has inspired us to honor him… 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.”

After providing the many examples of charity work that Damon has immersed himself in, Berlin added, “Clearly Matt understands, as Joel did, that the true value of celebrity is as an enhanced platform to do good works for others.”

Damon is a true eco-celeb, not only supporting causes that better humanity but the world at large, and we hope that this award will show just how much charitable work is appreciated!

If knowledge of one category isn’t enough for you, then click here to see a full list of nominations or tune into VH1 on Jan. 12 to watch it live.

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