Ben Affleck wins Critics' Choice Best Director Award after being snubbed by Academy Awards nominations
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."