Art and Experience: Matt Damon campaigned for Oscar glory for Ridley Scott, his director on The Martian, at the Palm Springs international film festival in California on Saturday. Scott, the film-maker behind such classics as Blade Runner and Alien, has been nominated three times over the course of his career for Thelma and Louise,Gladiator and Black Hawk Down, but has yet to win a trophy.
Speaking at the opening night gala for the festival, Damon said to the crowd that Scott has “given more than enough to cinema” to deserve the honor.
“He’s just a master director,” Damon added. “There are a handful of them on planet earth. But he is one of them. I don’t know if you’re supposed to say that out loud. But … when I did The Departed, we said it out loud a lot about Marty [Scorsese] and it panned out.”
Damon, who was given the Chairman’s award, was among the night’s honorees at the black-tie event, which attracted around 2,400 people in a cavernous convention hall to pay tribute to many of the actors (and one director) pegged to receive Oscar nominations on 14 January.