Matt Damon took home the Golden Globe for best actor in a motion picture, comedy or musical for his role in The Martian on Sunday night.
During his acceptance speech, Damon thanked the Hollywood Foreign Press Association before addressing his wife and kids. “I have to thank my kids. I told them if I got on TV, I’d definitely say something to them, so get ready to go to bed,” he said to his children, followed by a thank you to his wife, Lucy, for “everything.”
He recalled being at the Golden Globes 18 years ago and expressed his appreciation for doing what he loves as a career: “I know how lucky I am to do this for a living.”
The actor beat out Christian Bale (The Big Short), Steve Carell (The Big Short), Al Pacino (Danny Collins) and Mark Ruffalo (Infinitely Polar Bear) to win the award.
Ricky Gervais hosted the 73rd annual Golden Globe Awards, which took place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Jan. 10.
Read Damon’s full speech below.
Thank you guys very, very much. Thank you to the Hollywood Foreign Press, thanks to table 10 right over there. Twenty-nine seconds? Really? OK. My kids are watching so I have to thank my kids. I told them if I got on TV I’d definitely say something to them, so get ready to go to bed. My wife: Thank you, Lucy, for everything. Look, I was here 18 years ago — it’s literally been 18 years since I’ve been here doing this — and with a little more context I know how lucky I am, and how lucky I am to do this for a living. When people go see [my] movies, it’s kinda rare. I’ve made a lot of movies that people just didn’t go see, so to make one that everyone enjoyed this much — we had this incredible crew, this incredible cast — and it really all came down to Ridley Scott. Ridley, to get this award I walked past Fassbender, I walked past Leo, I walked past all these people who’ve worked with you and who love you, and on their behalf and yours and everybody who worked on this movie: thank you, thank you, thank you.