It’s hard to believe that it’s been 12 years since Matt Damon’s first and only Oscar nomination for acting, for 1997’s Good Will Hunting. But even though he’s delivered several strong performances since then (The Talented Mr. Ripley, anyone?), the Academy doesn’t seem to have noticed. I’m curious to see whether his riotous performance in Steven Soderbergh’s The Informant! (in theaters today) changes any of that. True, it’s a comedy, so that’s one strike against his chances. But he is playing a real guy, and of course there’s the weight gain in his favor. But most of all, it’s a uniquely funny performance that took real guts to pull off. Here’s more of our OscarWatch interview, after the jump. And the obligatory “follow me on Twitter” (@davekarger) request.

More OscarWatch interviews:

Matt Damon, Part 1

Colin Firth, Part 1

Abbie Cornish, Part 1

Abbie Cornish, Part 2

My pre-Toronto Best Actor chat with Missy Schwartz