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Damon's Cinematheque Bash Set for March 27

The event will air on ABC as “Hollywood Salutes Matt Damon: An American Cinematheque Tribute.”

Matt Damon will be honored with the American Cinematheque Award on March 27 in Beverly Hills, with the ceremony broadcast later as an ABC special, the film group confirmed Monday.

Damon was the unanimous choice of the Cinematheque Board of Directors selection committee, which since 1986 has annually honored an actor, director or writer -- although there was no honoree in 2009.

“Matt is the epitome of an American Cinematheque award honoree in that he is currently making an extraordinary contribution to the art of the motion picture -- yet, his career best may be yet to come," said Rick Nicita, Cinematheque's chairman.

The March 27 presentation will be at the Beverly Hilton Hotel’s International Ballroom and will air on ABC as “Hollywood Salutes Matt Damon: An American Cinematheque Tribute.”

Recent honorees include Al Pacino (2005), George Clooney (2006), Julia Roberts (2007) and Samuel L. Jackson (2008).