Ben Affleck was passed over on Thursday morning when the Oscar nominations were announced, but the “Argo” director/actor is taking it all in stride.
“It doesn’t feel like [I got robbed],” Ben told Access Hollywood at the Critics’ Choice Awards on Thursday night. “We got nominated for Best Picture and seven other nominations. I guess I would of liked to personally have two or like three, four or five for myself, but I’ll take whatever we got… it’s a pretty cool thing.”
Ben, who took home an Oscar in 1998 for Best Screenplay for “Good Will Hunting” with pal Matt Damon, says his name missing from the Oscar nomination lineup is a sign of a slew of talented people making movies.
“There’s a lot of really good directors, a ton of good directors. Paul Thomas Anderson , Quentin Tarantino, Kathryn Bigelow, who didn’t get nominated,” he said of three of his peers, who were also snubbed by the Academy.
“If you go into the situation where you think you’re entitled to get nominated, you’re probably in trouble,” Ben continued. “The best picture nomination is an acknowledgement of [‘Argo’s’ cast and crew] and then we got seven other nominations. Editing, score and all these like people who worked really hard. So, it’s really satisfying to see those folks get acknowledged.”
During the Critics’ Choice Awards Ben took home the Best Directing honors and poked fun at his Oscar snub.
“I would like to thank the Academy… I’m kidding, I’m kidding. This is the one that counts,” he said in his acceptance speech.
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-- Jesse Spero