Matt Damon Gets An Academy Award Nomination For "Invictus"
HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - Actor Matt Damon has been nominated for a 2010 Academy Award in the Oscar Category 'Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role' for his outstanding performance in the motion picture "Invictus". In the film, Matt Damon plays the role of Francois Pienaar, the Captain of the South African Springboks Rugby team, whose role is to play the 1994 sports peace maker in a just transformed end of apartheid South Africa.
Actor Morgan Freeman plays opposite Matt Damon in the role of South African President Nelson Mandela, who saw back in 1994 the opportunity to bring a stronger unification between the races in his country by getting all South Africans to come together and support the Springboks Rugby Team. The motion picture "Invictus" brings the real-life story of sport being able to transform a nation as South Africans in the end unite to support their home team during the 1995 Rugby World Cup hosted by South Africa. Actor Matt Damon took extensive coaching in Rugby in order to play the role of Pienaar, and the film was shot in Cape Town, South Africa.
"Invictus" was produced and directed by Clint Eastwood, and the adapted screenplay was written by Anthony Peckham. The film is based upon a book by author John Carlin titled "Playing The Enemy: Nelson Mandela and the Game That Changed a Nation". "Invictus" was released on December 11, 2009 in the United States and has been well received by studio audiences, with actor Morgan Freeman also nominated for an Academy Award in the 'Actor in a Leading Role' Oscar category. The 2010 82nd Academy Awards will be broadcast live by the ABC Television Network from the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, California on Sunday March 7, 2010.