On Saturday night Ben Affleck received an award for outstanding movie direction in a feature film for Argo at the 65th Annual Directors Guild of America ceremony. The 40-year-old actor-turned-director beat out the likes of Kathryn Bigelow for Zero Dark Thirty, Ang Lee for Life of Pi and Steven Spielberg for Lincoln.
“There was a point in my life where I was really down, really confused, I didn’t know what was going to happen and I thought ‘I should be a director’,” the former Good Will Hunting said star during his acceptance speech. “I don’t (think) this makes me a real director, but I think it means I’m on my way.”
Historically, the Directorial Award winner usually takes away the Oscar but Affleck (who also won a Golden Globe for Best Director two weeks ago) was infamously snubbed in the best director category by Academy members.
Argo has, however, received seven Oscar nominations, including best picture. And who knows? With SAG, PGA and Golden Globe wins, Affleck’s film might be the underdog at the Academy Awards.
Other big winners at the DGAs include: Lena Dunham for Girls, Rian Johnson for Breaking Bad and Jay Roach for Game Change.
Article written by NM Lorde
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