He's tapped as Male Star of Tomorrow
The seemingly omnipresent Matt Damon, currently onscreen in both “Good Will Hunting” and “John Grisham’s The Rainmaker,” will receive the Male Star of Tomorrow Award at this year’s ShoWest Awards.He’ll accept the kudo at Bally’s Hotel in Las Vegas on March 12, during the annual exhibitor confab. Damon, who co-wrote Miramax’s “Good Will Hunting” with longtime pal Ben Affleck, received Golden Globe nominations in both screenwriting and acting categories for the drama. The film, helmed by Gus Van Sant, grossed a solid $10.3 million over the past weekend, its first in wide release. In the Francis Ford Coppola-directed “Rainmaker,” Damon plays a crusading young lawyer. “It’s been an amazing year for me and I’m truly grateful to ShoWest and the exhibitors for this vote of confidence in my work,” said Damon. The red-hot thesp will next appear in the title role in Steven Spielberg’s “Saving Private Ryan,” along with Tom Hanks, Tom Sizemore and Edward Burns. Past recipients of the award include Howie Long, Johnny Depp, Greg Kinnear, Martin Lawrence, Chris O’Donnell, Brad Pitt and Will Smith.