When Ben Affleck took the podium at the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards to accept a nod for “Best Director,” he was sure to thank the Academy-folks with a message that loosely translated to, “Argo F*** Yourself.”
The Cambridge-native, who fans said was “snubbed” by the Oscars in the “Best Director” category this week, swept the Critic’s Choice Award’s event just hours after the Academy’s nomination announcements.
But the actor got the last laugh. Well, sort of.
When Affleck accepted his awards from the critics on Thursday, he made sure to take a jab at the Academy’s expense.
“I’d like to thank the Academy,” he said, drawing applause from the crowd, along with some awkward laughter.
“I’m kidding, I’m kidding. This is the one that counts,” said Affleck, holding up his award.
The “Good Will Hunting” star also took home an award for “Best Film” during the 18th annual event this week, which was held in California.
To many critics’ surprise, Affleck’s Iran-hostage flick “Argo” didn’t make the cut during Academy Award nomination announcements on Thursday morning.
Affleck is still in the running for “Best Picture” at the Oscar’s, however, as Boston Daily notes, that’s a tough win, because the last film to grab the golden statue in that category, without a “Best Director” nomination, was “Driving Miss Daisy” in 1989.