"As you know, this has become a little bittersweet," said Douglas, who after collecting an Emmy and a Golden Globe for playing Liberace in the HBO film was a winner tonight for Best Actor in a TV Movie or Miniseries at the 2014 Screen Actors Guild Award.
"Because my partner in crime, who in earlier awards have spoke about, you know, who's on top, who's on bottom, two-handers," he deadpanned, "but Matt, I want to be serious right now."
"I know we've gone head-to-head, but," he continued cheekily as the crowd laughed and Damon shook his head and mouthed "no" from the audience.
"The truth is, and you know it, I am not here without Matt Damon. Matt Damon," he paused for applause, "had the courage to stand by early on in this part. While I was sick, we had to wait for another year [to start shooting], and Matt was there. It's really the joy of acting and Matt, this is yours too, you know that. Thank you all, thanks very much."
While he largely kept the thank-yous in this particular acceptance speech confined to his fellow actors, Douglas also paid tribute to his screen-legend father, Kirk Douglas. (Who is also a fellow actor, of course.)
"I've got a 97-year-old member of SAG back at home who I know is particularly proud of me getting this award, but I want to thank all of you out here tonight for helping me get out of his shadow for a little bit," the star said in appreciation.