They said he got snubbed by the Oscars for not making the list of nominees in the “Best Director” category, but on Sunday night, Ben Affleck walked away with an award that made him forget the grudge.
The Cambridge-native was handed a golden statue for “Best Picture” during the 2013 Academy Awards for his Iran-hostage film “Argo.”
Not only did Affleck take top honors with one of the biggest wins of the night, but the award was also bestowed upon him by the First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama, via satellite from the White House.
“You have to work as hard as you possibly can. You can’t hold grudges—it’s hard, but you can’t hold grudges,” said Affleck, standing on stage with the crew from the film, seemingly out of breath because of the surprise win. “It doesn’t matter how you get knocked down in life, because that is going to happen. All that matters is that you have got to get up.”
Affleck got choked up as he thanked his daughters, and wife, actress Jennifer Garner, for their support. When accepting the Academy award, the Massachusetts native donned scribbles and drawings on his hands, put their by his children for good luck, as he has done the entire awards season.
Affleck’s film, about a hostage situation in Iran, which was co-produced by George Clooney, also won awards at this year’ s Golden Globes. He took home an award for “Best Director” at the Critic’s Choice ceremony last month, despite not making the cut in the Academy’s nominations.
“Argo” was up against seven films in the “Best Picture” category at Sunday’s Oscars including, “Django Unchained,” “Lincoln” and “Silver Linings Playbook,” all of which scooped up first place awards for other nominations.
Fifteen years prior to the 2013 Oscars, Affleck took home an award for Best Original Screenplay with Massachusetts native Matt Damon for their film “Good Will Hunting.”