Monday, August 30, 2010

We're F****** Matt Damon

Movie City News' Noah Forrest brings up a good point in a week old 8.22 post that I've been thinking for a while now but haven't really said out loud and that is that Matt Damon seems grossly under-appreciated in terms of awards potential and serious acting chops.

Forrest uses Steven Soderbergh's The Informant! as his launching point, claiming that his Oscar nomination should have come from that film opposed to Clint Eastwood's Invictus and I completely agree.

It also goes back to films like The Departed and The Talented Mr. Ripley in which Damon gives, in my estimation, two tremendous performances that were largely ignored - the former saw Damon excluded from almost any awards season participation despite the fact that it won big at the 2006 Oscars.


  1. The Departed in general was ignored for acting performances (except inexplicably for Mark Wahlberg - maybe an overdue thanks for Boogie Nights?) DiCaprio and Damon both could have been up for Lead Actor that year.

  2. What's even more surprising is that I remember very little discussion even about the POSSIBILITY of a Damon nomination for "The Departed". It was like he didn't even exist that year - I still don't understand it.

  3. His work in "The Talented Mr. Ripley" is certainly worthy of a Best Actor nomination. In my mind, that is a terribly overlooked film, and I'm sure "The Informant!" has a similar fate in store for itself.