Ben Affleck’s career-defining month continued during Sunday night’s (January 13) 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards.
Not only did Affleck beat out the likes of heavy-hitting directors Steven Spielberg (“Lincoln”), Kathryn Bigelow (“Zero Dark Thirty”), Ang Lee (“Life of Pi”) and Quentin Tarantino (“Django Unchained”) for the Best Director win, but his film, “Argo,” scooped up the Best Picture prize, beating out “Lincoln.”
After kissing wife Jennifer Garner, he took to the stage to accept his trophy for Best Director, immediately expressing his honor of having been placed alongside his fellow category contenders.
“Look, I don’t care what the award is. When they put your name next to the names [the presenter] just read off, it’s an extraordinary thing in your life,” Affleck said.
After thanking the cast and crew who made “Argo” possible, he closed his speech with a shout-out to his three children — Violet, Seraphina and Samuel — and, of course, Garner. “I just want to thank my three kids…I love you guys,” he said. “And I want to thank my wife. I adore you. I love you. Thanks for sitting through this, you’re my everything.”
This was his first Golden Globes win for directing, but it didn’t stop there. The “Argo” cast later took the stage to accept the Best Picture – Drama award from Julia Roberts. Affleck’s fellow producer Grant Heslov, who spoke on behalf of the group, specifically thanked the film’s director, whom he called a “fearless leader,” and Tony Mendez, the CIA agent who inspired Affleck’s character.
Just last Thursday, Affleck took the Best Director award for the political thriller at the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards — only just a few hours after the Oscars left him out of its nominations list for the same category. (“Argo” did manage to score a Best Picture Oscar nomination.)
Affleck had previously won Best Screenplay — Motion Picture in 1997 for co-writing “Good Will Hunting” with Matt Damon, and was nominated in the Best Supporting Actor category for 2006’s “Hollywoodland.” His previous directorial efforts include “Gone Baby Gone” (2007) and “The Town” (2010).