THE ACCEPTANCE SPEECH
Thank you. Thank God, I think I'm the only guy who showed up, so it's a good job I won. This is actually the first not to repeat Julie Delpy's speech but this is the first acting award I've ever won in my life. I guess that means that up until now I pretty much sucked in what I chose to do, but I'd like to thank Paul Greengrass the director, and tonight Empire Award loser. It's a weird role because I didn't talk a lot and so it was up to Paul to tell the story and kind of put me in context or else it would just look like me kind of brooding like a jackass for two hours - which if you read some of the reviews actually But thanks a lot and thanks to the crew, if any of you are watching then please get to the nearest bottle of champagne and drink to yourselves because neither Paul nor I'd be here without you guys. Thanks a lot.
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WHAT EMPIRE SAID
Its a risky strategy for an action movie, but happily it works thanks to Matt Damons astute, underplayed performance, through which he totally eschews movie star vanity (and that toothy grin) to stand close-cropped head and shoulders above a strong cast. Damons Bourne is cold yet not emotionless, lethal yet not invincible a very human hero, racked by emotional and physical pain. Its a brave performance and, by the end, there will be few who wont want to see Bourne on the run again soon.

ALSO NOMINATED
Tobey Maguire - Spider-Man 2
Tom Cruise - Collateral
Johnny Depp - Finding Neverland
Jim Carrey - Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind














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