Friday January 7th, 2011 · by Annie

Matt Damon to get humanitarian award

Matt Damon, right, pours traditional Haitian sauce on a plate of rice and beans held by Haitian-born singer Wyclef Jean as they help distribute food to flood victims in a church being used as a shelter after four tropical storms hit the area within one month in Cabaret, Haiti, on Sept. 13, 2008.

“True Grit” co-star Matt Damon will receive the Broadcast Film Critics Association’s fourth annual Joel Siegel Award during this year’s Critics Choice Movie Awards this month, the association announced Wednesday.

The award is for Damon’s humanitarian and charitable efforts, including co-founding Water.org. The organization is committed to helping “draw attention to the world’s number one health problem, unsafe and inadequate water supplies, and to raise funds to help fight this immense problem — one community at a time,” according to its website.

Damon is also a founder — along with celebrity buddies George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Don Cheadle and others — of Not On Our Watch, to bring attention to genocide and other crises around the world; is spokesman for the Feeding America anti-hunger campaign; supports the One Campaign to end extreme poverty, particularly in Africa; and serves as an ambassador for the nonprofit foundation OneXOne, which works to improve the lives of children in this country and around the world.

“Matt personifies the values celebrated by the Joel Siegel Award,” BFCA President Joey Berlin said in a statement. “Clearly Matt understands, as Joel did, that the true value of celebrity is as an enhanced platform to do good works for others.”

Joel Siegel, longtime film critic for ABC’s “Good Morning America” and a BFCA member, died from complications of cancer in June 2007.

The Critics Choice Movie Awards will air Jan. 14 at 9 p.m. on VH1.

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