Ben Affleck may have lost the battle (in this case, getting an Oscar nod for best director), but he won the award season war when he accepted the Oscar for best picture last night. The Argo director got a bit flustered when he took the stage, but he still sweetly thanked his wife, Jennifer Garner, his three kids, the crew of the film — and everyone in Canada. Watch the clip here, and don't forget that the full Oscar show can be viewed online for the first time at ABC.com, the ABC player for iOS and Hulu Plus.
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Ben Affleck, George Clooney, and Grant Heslov celebrated their Argo best picture win backstage at the Oscars last night. Ben took center stage for most of the press room questions, but he and George did trade a couple quips — some of which got a bit naughty. Ben also continued his streak of being humble about his best director snub and spoke about how honored he is to be an Academy Award winner again. Watch their press room moments now.
Ben Affleck directs and stars in this thrilling award-season darling, which is up for best picture at this weekend's Oscars. Based on true events, Affleck plays Tony Mendez, a CIA specialist who has to retrieve American hostages from Iran in the late '70s. Tony uses Hollywood producers to help him pretend the hostages are the crew of a fake movie called Argo to get them out. It's an incredible story and a fantastic ensemble that includes John Goodman, Alan Arkin, Bryan Cranston, and Clea DuVall. The DVD comes with the featurette "Rescued From Tehran: We Were There."
Keira Knightley once again dons sumptuous gowns and jewels to play the flawed heroine of Leo Tolstoy's classic novel. Married to Karenin (Jude Law), Anna is a respected socialite whose downfall comes swiftly after she begins a torrid affair with a count (Aaron Taylor-Johnson). The real draw for the film is its visual aspect, including spectacular sets, elaborate choreography, and colorful cinematography. The DVD comes with commentary, deleted scenes, and several featurettes.
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Ben Affleck won the top prize at Saturday's Directors Guild of America Awards and used the spotlight to gush about his wife, Jennifer Garner, who was overjoyed in the audience. Find out who wrote a good luck message on Ben's hand, which projects the Argo director is working on next, and why he feels the need to audition again in this POPSUGAR Rush.
Some of this year's Oscar nominees came together for a luncheon to be honored for their nominations today, and though he hadn't been expected to come, Ben Affleck showed up to talk about Argo — despite his not getting nominated for best director. Affleck addressed that issue graciously and also talked about other, Oscar-nominated directors he'd like to work with.
On whether he thinks the best director category should be expanded like best picture: "I leave those sorts of calculations to the folks at the press, the pundits, and the 'Oscarologists,' or whatever it is. To me, I just feel so incredibly honored to be nominated as a producer for this movie. To be here at the big party. It's tremendous. We got seven nominations, including best picture! I'm elated by that. Truly, genuinely thrilled. There are nine amazing movies, any of which could win, deserve to win. So I don't get into worrying too much about who got what, and who didn't get what. I've had many, many, many, many years watching from home."
On learning more about Argo by doing so much press: "The period of time that I've been able to spend talking about the movie, exploring it with journalists and people and audiences, has been really satisfying. The script Chris [Terrio] wrote has all these interesting themes and storytelling, our relationship with Iran . . . it's a very broad spectrum of stuff. I've worked on movies where I've run out of things to say at the junket after 15 seconds."
On which other filmmakers he'd like to work with: "There are nine amazing movies nominated for best picture. I would love to work with David O. Russell, I would love to work with Steven Spielberg, I would love to work with Ang Lee, I would love to work with Kathryn Bigelow. I don't know what it says about me that I haven't worked with any of these people! Part of me, when I get around these people, I do feel like I should be doing an audition. It's really exciting. Benh Zeitlin is a really exciting new filmmaker. And there's a lot of people that were part of this process that didn't get nominated for best picture that I still want to work with that I think are amazing. Paul Thomas Anderson is one example. It's an incredibly robust group of filmmakers; I'm just happy to be rubbing elbows with them. It's really exciting."
Argo racked up yet another award season win at the Screen Actors Guild Awards tonight when the film's ensemble took the stage. Back in the press room, Ben Affleck spoke about his own surprise over the honor, why he feels the film is so relevant now, and he even got in a joke about being "overlooked" for an Oscar. Check out what Ben and the rest of the movie's cast had to say.
Ben Affleck, George Clooney, and the rest of the Argo crew stepped backstage to celebrate their huge Golden Globes best picture and best director drama wins this evening. Ben and George joked around with each other and played off the Oscar snub with humble thanks for tonight's honors. Ben even made a crack about the best actor omission that no one was talking about. Ben also gave a sweet shout-out to costar and good friend Victor Garber for marring him and Jennifer Garner.
Ben on his Globes win and Oscar snub: "This is a purely wonderful night. I'm really grateful for this. We got nominated for seven Oscars, including best picture; I was thrilled. If you can't be happy with that, your prospects for long-term happiness are pretty damned. I'm elated. I'm the happiest guy in the world. Listen. I am a member of the Academy. The Academy is made up of people who made the movies who are nominated that we love. I am thrilled to get this acknowledgement."
George Clooney on having Ben direct: "He was cheap and available, like we like them. He was in actor jail for a couple of years. We've all done it — I was in Batman and Robin. It's how you handle yourself when you get there. He directed his way out of this. I can't tell you how proud we are to have worked with him and how much I hate him."
Ben on who should see Argo: "I think this is a movie for all audiences. I mean, I wouldn't take my kid, because I don't want her repeating the F word around the house."
George on Ben's Oscar snub: "I was disappointed. I think he did a phenomenal job with the film, and I think he should have been nominated, but he's still nominated for best picture. We got seven nominations, and he did an amazing job. It all happened because of what he put together. We're not out of the water altogether. It's not dead yet."
Ben Affleck attended last night's National Board of Review Awards Gala in NYC to pick up an honor for his third directorial effort, Argo. Ben spoke with us on the red carpet about how the world of award-season campaigning has changed since his arrival in Hollywood 15 years ago with Good Will Hunting. Ben also spoke about some of the films he's most excited to see getting love from critics in 2013 — check out our editor Meg Rooney's chat with Ben.