Even if Matt Dillon doesn’t pick up a Golden Globe award on Jan. 16 for his supporting role in “Crash,” this is still his big year.

Long considered one of the ultimate Hollywood outsiders, Dillon won an award for his "Crash" supporting role from the Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Assn. and received a tribute award for his career at the recent Gotham Awards. Next, Dillon will be honored for his body of work at the upcoming Ray-Ban Visionary Award (hosted by Hollywood Life magazine) on Jan. 22 during the 2006 Sundance Independent Film Festival.

The actor is definitely keeping darn good company. Last year, the honor went to Kevin Bacon at the ceremony held in the Stein Eriksen Lodge in Park City, Utah. Previous winners include New Line Studios exec Mark Ordesky and HBO exec Colin Callendar.

But Dillon’s still a humble guy. Speaking from the set of his new film, “You, Me and Dupree,” he put awards in perspective.

“This is all pretty new to me. I won an Indie Spirit award a few years ago [for ‘Drugstore Cowboy’] but I wasn’t in the country at the time. But it’s all very exciting. Listen, I’ve never met an actor who does this for awards and most of the time, we don’t even do it for the money. So it’s really nice to be acknowledged for your work.”

And he’s especially proud of "Crash," which is up for a best screenplay Globe.

“This was a phenomenal cast with excellent filmmakers, Paul Haggis and Bob Moresco, what can you say? They’re amazing and really took some chances and risks with this project.”

Photo: Matt Dillon has every reason to smile this year, seen here at the Gotham Awards.
(Jim Spellman / WireImage)

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