Matt Damon misses an award show due to a “family emergency” Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 14: Actor Matt Damon attends the 30th Annual American Cinematheque Awards Gala at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on October 14, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

Actor Matt Damon missed his opportunity to accept the Stanley Kubrick Award for Excellence in Film at the Britannia Awards due to a “family emergency.”

According to E! News, actress Kate Mara stepped in and accepted the award on his behalf, informing the crowd of Damon traveling back to Boston the same evening:

“As much as we wish he was here with us, we know family comes first. So our thoughts are with you, Matt and much love from your friends here in L.A.”

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Damon also shared a videotaped message and apologized for his absence:

“Hello and thank you to everyone at BAFTA,” he said in the recorded statement. “I found out about this award six months ago, and I was just so incredibly honored to receive it, and I was really looking forward to tonight. Unfortunately, I had to go back to Boston for a family emergency. I’m really sorry not to be with you tonight. Thank you for this wonderful honor, and I hope you have a lovely evening. See you soon.”

Damon did not comment on the nature of the emergency, but The Daily Mail reports his father Kent is “gravely ill.”

Nicole is a content editor with Rare. 
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