An Oscar nomination eluded Ben Affleck for “Argo,” but on Sunday night the actor/director continued his winning streak at the Golden Globes picking up the statue for Best Director following his previous win at the Critics’ Choice Awards – but is he upset about the Oscar snub?
“I have a lot of respect for the Academy, naturally I was a little disappointed, but I don’t want to overlook the fact that [‘Argo’] got seven nominations, including Best Picture,” Ben told Access Hollywood’s Billy Bush backstage at the Golden Globes.
”[Oscar nominations day] was actually one of the happiest days of my life,” he continued.
Sunday’s Golden Globes also ranked as a high for the 40-year-old star.
“I’m thrilled about [my Globe win]. This is an incredible moment in my professional life and is really significant,” he explained.
The “Argo” director was reeling about besting his fellow directors, including Kathryn Bigelow, Steven Spielberg, Ang Lee and Quentin Tarantino.
“I don’t even know what to say, to even been in the company of guys like that and women like Kathryn Bigelow,” he said if his fellow nominees. “I don’t even know how I got away with this, but I’m going to enjoy tonight.”
The congratulatory messages had already started pouring in from longtime friend Matt Damon.
“Damon has texted me a couple of times… he was just saying congratulations that kind of thing,” Ben added.
-- Jesse Spero
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