Matt Damon admitted it "felt really weird" as he accepted his latest film award in New York, but revealed his job is a "privilege".
The Oscar-winning actor received a career tribute from John Krasinski at the Gotham Independent Film Awards from the Independent Film Project, which run the Awards.
"I was here 15 years ago at the Gotham Awards and I remember that because it was right before Good Will Hunting came out and it was the first time my life became surreal because Calvin Klein gave me a suit for free," he said on stage, according to Hitfix.com.
"Fifteen years later I'm married to this incredible person and I have these great kids and I make movies and that's what I do. I feel very privileged to do what I do. I have never taken it for granted and I never will."
Marion Cotillard, in a black Christian Dior dress, also received a tribute in celebration of her acclaimed career which includes her Oscar-winning performance as Edith Piaf in La Vie En Rose as well as credits in The Dark Knight Rises and Contagion.
First-time filmmaker Behn Zeitlin won Breakthrough Director and the Bingham Ray Award for Beasts Of The Southern Wild.
The Gotham Independent Film Awards, which kick off the awards season, took place at Cipriani Wall Street in New York.