The 44-year old told ET's Kevin Frazier that the night was all about family, "My dad's not here, but my mom's here and my older brother's here my kids are here, this was the event that I wanted to bring them out for. I mean this is a family affair."
Vida held on tight to her dad's leg as he accepted the award.
And his kids Levi, 6, and Vida, 4, were "ready to party" according to their dad. "Kids took a nap this afternoon, we're set," he said.
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McConaughey accepted the Cinematheque honor for his 22 years in film.
The award honors "an extraordinary artist in the entertainment industry who is fully engaged in his or her work and is committed to making a significant contribution to the art of the motion pictures."
He joins actors including Ben Stiller, Robert Downey Jr., Matt Damon, Al Pacino, Steve Martin and Eddie Murphy.
A big year for the actor, he recently won an Oscar and a Golden Globe in the best actor category for his role as a cowboy with AIDS in the drama, Dallas Buyers Club.