Ben Affleck continued his winning streak. After his double victory at the Golden Globe Awards and his big win at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, the husband of Jennifer Garner picked up the top prize at the 65th Annual Directors Guild of America Awards Saturday night, January 2 in a Los Angeles gala.
He got lauded for his directorial work in "Argo", something that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences cannot give. He won Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures over Kathryn Bigelow ("Zero Dark Thirty"), Tom Hooper ("Les Miserables"), Ang Lee ("Life of Pi") and Steven Spielberg ("Lincoln").
"I have to just thank my wife for being the best person in the world. I love you," the 40-year-old actor-turned-director said in his acceptance speech. "I don't need to look at the teleprompter to know why I want to thank you. I want to thank you because I love you." He humbly said, "I don't think that this makes me a real director, but I think it means I'm on my way."
Affleck took the Oscar snub in stride though. He said backstage, "I'm thrilled and honored that the academy nominated me as a producer of the movie. I know our movie, we're a little bit underdog and a little bit the little engine that could, and you take me out of it maybe helps .... it's just about that picture. I feel like it's OK, I'm really lucky, I'm in a good place."
Other DGA winners included Malik Bendjelloul ("Searching for Sugar Man") for documentary, Jay Roach ("Game Change") for TV movie, Rian Johnson ("Breaking Bad") for drama series, Lena Dunham ("Girls") for comedy series, and Brian Smith ("Master Chef") for reality TV series.