It was a bittersweet Thursday for Ben Affleck, as the Argo director was snubbed when Academy Award nominations were announced in the morning, then named the best director at the 18th annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards that night.
Ben joked he'd "like to thank the Academy" in his acceptance speech at the ceremony in Santa Monica, as Argo was also named the best picture at the event.
"I'm kidding, I'm kidding. This is the one that counts," Affleck said. "It's very, very cool for me … there was a time that a Ben Affleck critics' award was a Saturday Night Live sketch."
Argo Thursday tallied up seven Academy Award nominations, with the exception of a best director nod for the Boston-bred Affleck.
Other notable winners on the night were Lincoln's Daniel Day-Lewis (best actor), Zero Dark Thirty's Jessica Chastain (best actress), The Master's Philip Seymour Hoffman (best supporting actor) and Les Miserables' Anne Hathaway (best supporting actress)
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"This has been one of the greatest unforeseen privileges of my life," Day-Lewis said of his titular role in the Steven Spielberg film.
KTLA-TV entertainment reporter Sam Rubin hosted the show, which was held at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica. The Critics' Choice Movie Awards are traditionally regarded as a keen predictor of the Academy Awards.
Full list of winners:
- Best Picture: Argo
- Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis
- Actress: Jessica Chastain
- Supporting Actor: Philip Seymour Hoffman
- Supporting Actress: Anne Hathaway
- Young Actor/Actress: Quvenzhane Wallis
- Acting Ensemble: Silver Linings Playbook
- Director: Ben Affleck
- Original Screenplay: Quentin Tarantino
- Adapted Screenplay: Tony Kushner
- Cinematography: Claudio Miranda (Life of Pi)
- Art Direction: Sarah Greenwood/Katie Spencer (Anna Karenina)
- Editing: William Goldenberg/Dylan Tichenor (Zero Dark Thirty)
- Costume Design: Jacqueline Durran (Anna Karenina)
- Makeup: Cloud Atlas
- Visual Effects: Life of Pi
- Animated Feature: Wreck-It Ralph
- Action Movie: Skyfall
- Actor in an Action Movie: Daniel Craig
- Actress in an Action Movie: Jennifer Lawrence
- Comedy: Silver Linings Playbook
- Actor in a Comedy: Bradley Cooper
- Actress in a Comedy: Jennifer Lawrence
- Sci-Fi/Horror Movie: Looper
- Foreign Language Film: Amour
- Documentary Feature: Searching for Sugarman
- Song: Skyfall
- Score: John Williams