February 4th, 2013
03:15 PM ET

Ben Affleck wins best director at DGA Awards

Ben Affleck's awards season winning streak continued over the weekend as the "Argo" star picked up the best directing of a feature film honor at the Directors Guild of America Awards.

He was up against Steven Spielberg ("Lincoln"), Ang Lee ("Life of Pi"), Kathryn Bigelow ("Zero Dark Thirty") and Tom Hooper ("Les Misérables.")

"I worked really, really hard to become the best director I could be, by putting in as [many] hours as I can, and banging my head against a wall, berating myself, lying to myself about whether it’s going to work,” Affleck told those gathered at Saturday's ceremony, according to Entertainment Weekly. “Basically, I got to a point where I was nominated for this award. And I don’t think this makes me a real director — but I think it means I’m on my way.”

Affleck, now famously snubbed for an Oscar in the Academy's director category, has picked up the title of best director at the Golden Globes and the Critics Choice Awards. At the SAGs last month, his film also won the outstanding cast in a motion picture award.

Speaking with CNN after his big DGAs win, Affleck reflected on why he made the shift into directing.

“I ran afoul of the press a little bit, and became overexposed, causing me to question - and maybe I was bring hyperbolic for effect in the speech - but caused me to question, what do I want to do in this industry? Do I have anything to offer? What should I be doing? How can I best express myself?" the 40-year-old actor/director recalled.

"And that was right around the time I took up directing, and I really viewed this as connected to that decision, because that decision was about, 'Can I do it? Can I make it? Can I really direct movies and be a director?' And to be at the DGAs, be honored with an award by the DGA, is definitely more than I ever imagined on that first day of shooting [my directorial feature debut] 'Gone Baby Gone.'"

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  1. 11 glued in cp

    his wife has more class also

    February 16, 2013 at 8:28 pm | Report abuse |
  2. empresstrudy

    He's a better director than actor or writer. So good for him.

    February 16, 2013 at 8:25 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Alexi

    People should be happy for Ben Affleck. He deserves a lot of credit for making this film.
    Oscar night he will take home the trophy for best picture and he will accept it as one of the Producers. So there!

    February 16, 2013 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Christina

    He's a hard worker and seems like a decent human being. He deserves all the success and rewards he has achieved! Good for him!

    February 10, 2013 at 9:25 pm | Report abuse |
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    February 10, 2013 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse |
  6. POS

    acting is the best

    February 10, 2013 at 5:25 am | Report abuse |
  7. 0scar63

    "And I don’t think this makes me a real director — but I think it means I’m on my way." I believe Cher made this exact comment (about being an actress) when she won for Moonstruck.

    February 10, 2013 at 3:07 am | Report abuse |
  8. Jerafina's 50th

    looking again...

    February 9, 2013 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  9. el dono

    The Academy is notoriously conservative. ARGO is kind of a war film that does make a point of what the US did to bring the Shah to power back in the 50's. Conservatives don't like that. Just like Avatar being an anti US military film and not winning an Oscar. Lincoln will win, even though it's full of non truths.

    February 9, 2013 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  10. cynthia smith

    i think argo is anti -iran film

    February 5, 2013 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Joe1989

    I think he cheated. Maybe copied off of someone else's paper to get a grade that good. As my teacher says, eyes on your own paper.

    February 4, 2013 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Hunk of Hairy Man-- are you there?

    can you make me p-cakes tomorrow..you always made the best.

    February 4, 2013 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Cindy Kellner

    Argo was excellent. He deserves all the awards he has received, and then some. He is a decent human being and i am glad for his success.

    February 4, 2013 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ava

      I am in total agreement with you.. Argo was my favorite movie of 2012 and Ben did an incredible job as director. I am so happy for him as well. He really stuck it to the Academy (a bunch of dim wits).

      February 4, 2013 at 7:30 pm | Report abuse |

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