Ben Affleck was named Best Director at last night’s Critics’ Choice Movie Awards—just hours after being snubbed in the same category at the Oscar nominations.
The actor-and-director was a surprise omission from the Academy Awards’ shortlist for the same honor, but he didn’t let it get him down and was thrilled to take home the prize for his film Argo.
After he accepted the award, Ben joked: "I would like to thank the Academy... I’m kidding, I’m kidding.
"This is the one that counts. No, I do want to thank the Broadcast Film Critics Association.
"It is very, very cool for me. There was a time when the Ben Affleck’s Critics’ Award was a Saturday Night Live sketch."
And it turned out to be a very good night for Ben because Argo also took home Best Picture.
Jessica Chastain took home the prize for Best Actress for her role in Zero Dark Thirty while Lincoln star Daniel Day-Lewis was named Best Actor.
As expected, Anne Hathaway was named Best Supporting Actress for her role as tragic Fantine in Les Miserables, a feat she is expected to repeat at next month’s Academy Awards.
During the ceremony—which took place at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California—Jennifer Lawrence was named Best Actress in both the Action and Comedy categories for The Hunger Games and Silver Linings Playbook, respectively.
Her Silver Linings Playbook co-star Bradley Cooper won the award for Best Actor in a Comedy, while the film was honored with Best Comedy and Best Acting Ensemble.
Other winners included Skyfall, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Quentin Tarantino.
Full list of winners from the 2013 Critics’ Choice Movie Awards:
Daniel Day-Lewis – Lincoln
Jessica Chastain – Zero Dark Thirty
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Philip Seymour Hoffman – The Master
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Anne Hathaway – Les Misérables
BEST YOUNG ACTOR/ACTRESS
Quvenzhané Wallis – Beasts of the Southern Wild
BEST ACTING ENSEMBLE
Silver Linings Playbook
Ben Affleck – Argo
BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Quentin Tarantino – Django Unchained
BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Tony Kushner – Lincoln
Life of Pi – Claudio Miranda
BEST ART DIRECTION
Anna Karenina – Sarah Greenwood/Production Designer; Katie Spencer/Set Decorator
Zero Dark Thirty – William Goldenberg and Dylan Tichenor
BEST COSTUME DESIGN
Anna Karenina – Jacqueline Durran
BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
Life of Pi
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
BEST ACTION MOVIE
BEST ACTOR IN AN ACTION MOVIE
Daniel Craig – Skyfall
BEST ACTRESS IN AN ACTION MOVIE
Jennifer Lawrence – The Hunger Games
Silver Linings Playbook
BEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY
Bradley Cooper – Silver Linings Playbook
BEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY
Jennifer Lawrence – Silver Linings Playbook
BEST SCI-FI/HORROR MOVIE
BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
Searching for Sugarman
“Skyfall” – performed by Adele/written by Adele Adkins & Paul Epworth – Skyfall
Lincoln – John Williams