American Cinematheque on National Television Tonight!

Tonight's the Night Folks! Strange as it may sound, American Cinematheque employees, members and supporters are being encouraged to sit around their television sets at home tonight around 9pm. Yep, tonight is the premiere broadcast of the American Cinematheque Award presentation to Matt Damon on ABC. Tune in and make the ratings sky-rocket.

The Cinematheque gave out its 24th annual award back on March 27 in front of a live audience at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills. Now the nation will have a chance to witness this
momentous occasion on national television tonight, Thursday, May 27 at 9 PM on ABC (that is channel 7 in Los Angeles).

Here are the details:
Award-winning actor Matt Damon was the recipient of the 24th American
Cinematheque Award at a gala held this past March at the Beverly Hilton. The presentation and celebration will be televised in the hour-long special, Hollywood Salutes Matt Damon: An American Cinematheque Tribute, airing THURSDAY, MAY 27 (check local listings) on the ABC Television Network. The stellar list of guests who paid tribute to Damon when he received the award from longtime friend and co-star Ben Affleck are Casey Affleck, Don Cheadle, Clint Eastwood, Jennifer Garner, Jimmy Kimmel, Greg Kinnear, Sarah Silverman, Charlize Theron and Robin Williams. In addition, George Clooney and Ben Stiller paid tribute by partaking in individual pre-taped comedy sketches, while President William Jefferson Clinton appeared in and narrated a piece about Damon's humanitarian efforts. Damon's efforts include work with and as an ambassador with

Read a post by the show's writer David Wild on the Huffington Post blog.

For information about the American Cinematheque Awards click here.

Top photo: Courtesy of ABC
All other photos: Eric Charbonneau/Le Studio Photography