Ben Affleck over Oscar snub; wins Directors Guild Award

Argo director and star Ben Affleck missed out on an Academy Award nomination despite winning a string of accolades over the past few weeks for his Iranian hostage drama, but insists he is over the snub.


Ben Affleck didn’t feel "entitled" to win an Oscar for Best Director this year.

The Argo director and star missed out on an Academy Award nomination despite winning a string of accolades over the past few weeks for his Iranian hostage drama, but insists he is over the snub.

The 40-year-old star told reporters in the press room after picking up the top prize Outstanding Directorial Achievement in a Motion Picture at the Director’s Guild of America Awards in Los Angeles on Saturday night (02.02.13): "You’re not entitled to win anything. You’re not entitled to anything in life. I’m really happy—I’m thrilled and honored—that the Academy nominated me as a producer for the movie... It’s okay. I’m really lucky. I’m in a great place."

Ben—who is married to actress Jennifer Garner and has three children, Violet, seven, Seraphina, four, and Samuel, 11 months—admitted during his acceptance speech that he decided to become a director because he was so confused about his acting career.

He said: "I got to a point in my life where I was really down, really confused, really felt beset on all sides by life, didn’t know what was going to happen. [So] I thought, ’I should be a director!’

"I worked really, really hard to become the best director I could be, by putting in as [many] hours as I [could], and banging my head against a wall, berating myself, lying to myself about whether it was going to work. And I don’t think this [award] makes me a real director—but I think it means I’m on my way."

Other big winners at the ceremony included Girls creator and star Lena Dunham, who won Outstanding Directorial Achievement in a Comedy series.

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The Directors Guild Awards can be one of the most-accurate forecasts for who will take home the big prize Best Picture at the Oscars on February 24.



Full list of Directors Guild of America Award winners:



FILM

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures: Ben Affleck - Argo

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary: Malik Bendjelloul - Searching for Sugar Man



TELEVISION

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television and Mini-Series: Jay Roach - Game Change

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Series: Rian Johnson - Breaking Bad episode "Fifty-One"

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy Series: Lena Dunham - Girls episode "Pilot"

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Musical Variety: Glenn Weiss - The 66th Annual Tony Awards

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Reality Programs: Brian Smith - Master Chef episode #305

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Daytime Serials: Jill Mitwell - One Life To Live episode "Between Heaven and Hell"

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Children’s Programs: Paul Hoen - Let it Shine

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Commercials: Alejandro G. Inarritu


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