Honorable mentions: “Interstellar” (2014), “Margaret” (2011), “Ocean’s Eleven” (2001), and of course, “Thor: Ragnarok” (2017)” />
Getting his early start and breaking through with small, cameo roles in movies such as “Mystic Pizza” (1988) and the prep-school drama “School Ties” (1992), it was his role as Will Hunting, a young mathematics genius who is a janitor at Harvard University, where Damon also attended, that launched him to stardom. At 27 (Damon) and 25 (Affleck), they were the youngest winners of the category’s history. Co-writing the drama with his best friend Ben Affleck, the Gus Van Sant-directed film was a box office success, grossing over $225 million against a $10 million budget. In addition, the film won two Academy Awards — supporting actor for Robin Williams (one of the best Oscar moments in history) and original screenplay.
This year, he’s already turned in one of his best career performances in Tom McCarthy’s “Stillwater,” an outing that’s received mixed reception but one that distributor Focus Features hopes to make some waves on the awards circuit. “Stillwater” was the first film to hold an Oscars FYC special screening in the summer at the Harmony Gold Theater in Los Angeles, which presented an excellent turnout.
Affleck plays Count Pierre d'Alençon. The Ridley Scott-directed epic stars Damon as Sir Jean de Carrouges, a man who challenges Jacques Le Gris (played by Adam Driver) to a duel after being accused of raping his wife (played exquisitely by Jodie Comer). Damon has also re-teamed with his childhood BFF Affleck to co-write “The Last Duel” with Oscar-nominated scribe Nicole Holofcener.
This list focuses on his theatrical run performances; otherwise, you’d likely see his unforgettable turn as Scott Thorson in Steven Soderbergh’s HBO movie, “Behind the Candelabra,” for which he received an Emmy nomination for best actor.
Damon has had an impressive awards run over his career, finding five total Oscar nominations over four separate categories. In addition to his double Oscar noms for “Good Will Hunting” in actor and screenplay, he was recognized by the Academy in supporting actor for “Invictus” (2009), another lead mention for “The Martian” (2015) and as a producer for “Manchester by the Sea” (2016), which won original screenplay for Kenneth Lonergan and actor for Casey Affleck.
Matt Damon has cemented himself as one of the most recognizable and passionate actors of his generation. To celebrate his birthday, Variety is ranking his best film performances.

This comes after the Times dismissed Waxman's claims that the paper spiked her story because of pressure from Weinstein. "Why, if she had the goods on Weinstein in 2004, has she been unable or unwilling to publish something in the Wrap, where she was in charge? "Sharon has now had more than a decade to pursue this story unencumbered by me or any New York Times editor," Jonathan Landman, a former Times editor, told Politico. Could it be because she didn’t actually have the goods then, now or in between?"
"He called me briefly, wasn't informed — nor [should] he have been — [about] investigative aspect of piece," she wrote on Twitter. Waxman has since endorsed Damon's statement.
The actor has worked with Weinstein on a number of movies, and said not everyone was aware of Weinstein's actions, including himself.
I feel horrible for these women and it's wonderful they have this incredible courage and are standing up now."” /> "If there was ever an event that I was at and Harvey was doing this kind of thing and I didn't see it, then I am so deeply sorry, because I would have stopped it. Because we know that it happens. And I will peel my eyes back now, farther than I ever have, to look for this type of behavior. "This type of predation happens behind closed doors, and out of public view," Damon said.
"Russell worked over there too and must have known Fabrizio in a professional capacity because he was running Miramax Italy. It was just a mention of our names." Damon said he assumed Crowe was involved in the same scope. Because nothing he said made it into that article, either. He must have done a movie for Harvey around that time and must have a similar kind of conversation with her.
It's not something I would do, for anybody." "I just wouldn't do that. "For the record, I would never, ever, ever try to kill a story like that," Damon told Deadline. In an interview with Deadline on Tuesday, Damon said he was unaware of what Waxman's story was about when he called.
Whether it didn’t jibe with her storyline…it was an incomplete rendering of someone that I was giving but I had perfectly professional experiences with Fabrizio and I didn't mind telling her that." We vouch for each other, all the time, and it didn't even make her article. In the interview with Deadline, Damon addressed his interactions with Waxman. "That was the extent of it, and so I was very surprised to see it come back. I was never conscripted to do anything. "As I recall, her piece just said that Russell [Crowe] and I had called and relayed our experience with Fabrizio," he said.
The Wrap founder Sharon Waxman alleged while she was reporting for the New York Times in 2004, Weinstein requested Damon call her to speak positively about producer Fabrizio Lombardo, who was thought to be involved in setting Weinstein up with women.
Matt Damon responded on Tuesday to claims that Harvey Weinstein asked him to help kill a New York Times story about Weinstein's history of sexual harassment that was allegedly in the works more than a decade before the bombshell reports published over the past few days.