Minnie Driver reveals why she looked ‘so sad’ watching Matt Damon win 1998 Oscar

Minnie Driver revealed the real reason why she looked “so sad” when Matt Damon accepted the 1998 Oscar for Best Original Screenplay for their movie “Good Will Hunting.”

In a resurfaced clip, the now-53-year-old actress sported a forlorn expression as Damon and Ben Affleck gave her a shout-out for her role in the movie while up on stage.

When one social media user commented that “Minnie looks so sad,” she revealed she was heartbroken.

“Matt had ended our relationship a few weeks before this, and was at the Oscars with his new gf… I was devastated,” she penned candidly.

“Wish I could have celebrated more as it was an amazing moment for all of us, and for this wonderful film ! ♥️.”

Minnie Driver was still reeling from her breakup with Matt Damon at the 1998 Academy Awards. WireImage
She and Damon dated briefly in the late 90s after playing love interests in “Good Will Hunting.” WireImage

The pair dated from 1997 to 1998 after playing love interests in the flick, which boosted Damon to international stardom.

Their relationship came to a crashing halt when the “Jason Bourne” actor, now 53, announced he was single during an appearance on “The Oprah Winfrey Show.”

“I was with Minnie for a while, but we’re not really romantically involved anymore, we’re just really good friends. I love her dearly,” he told Winfrey, adding that they were still friends.

Damon and Ben Affleck took home the award for Best Original Screenplay. AFP via Getty Images

“I care about her a lot. We care about each other a lot. It wasn’t meant to be and if it wasn’t meant to be then it’s not meant to be.”

A few months later, Driver called the move “fantastically inappropriate.”


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“It’s unfortunate that Matt went on ‘Oprah’; it seemed like a good forum for him to announce to the world that we were no longer together, which I found fantastically inappropriate,” she told the Los Angeles Times in July 1997.

“Of course, he was busy declaring his love for me on David Letterman a month previously.”

“Matt had ended our relationship a few weeks before this,” Driver said when addressing the “sad” expression on her face. Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images

And just last month, Driver further reflected on the end of their relationship, telling “Entertainment Tonight,” “That was just a sweet romance that was just a sweet love affair in the center of all of that stuff, but had a combustible ending, which then became the focus.

“Another thing that my parents taught me, was there just isn’t any time to sit around feeling resentful or angry, just have to get on and everybody had a beautiful life.”

The “Cinderella” star noted that her family “loved Matt,” but they “could see that this young man was rocketing really fast and so was I.”

Damon announced his split from his former co-star on Oprah Winfrey’s talk show.
“It wasn’t meant to be and if it wasn’t meant to be then it’s not meant to be,” Damon said in 1997. Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage.com

“They were like, ‘This may well end badly for reasons that are to do with all these things coming together in a perfect storm,’” she explained.

Damon eventually wed Luciana Barroso in December 2005 and the couple share three daughters: Isabella, 17, Gia, 14, and Stella, 12.

Driver, for her part, recently celebrated her five-year anniversary with filmmaker Addison O’Dea. She shares son Henry with ex Timothy J. Lea.