Ben Affleck being left out of the Oscar nominations for Best Director was a bit of a snub. “Argo” got seven nominations, including for Best Picture, but no nom for Affleck. It was turned into an even bigger oversight when the Movie Critics’ Choice Awards 2013 awarded him Best Director.
But Affleck took it in stride, though, making a pointed yet lighthearted comment about his Oscar snub in his Critics’ Choice acceptance speech:
“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,” says the actor/director.
He went on to thank the real-life person he played in “Argo,” “This is about Tony Mendez, who did this actual, real thing. He was in the CIA, he won the intelligence star, he’s an American hero. He’s emblematic of the men and women who serve in our clandestine service and the men and women who are in our foreign service, both of whom make tremendous sacrifice day in and day out.”