benaffleck-goldenglobesBen Affleck was gold at the Golden Globes. He not only won best director while his film, “Argo,” won best picture, but he also was clearly the crowd favorite, after giving an emotional shoutout to his wife Jennifer Garner.

“I want to thank my wife who is the reason why I’m standing here,’ he said accepting the award. “I adore you. I love you so much. Thanks for sitting through this. You are my everything. Thank you.”

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which hands out the awards, was clearly thumbing its nose at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The Academy snubbed Affleck for a best director Oscar nomination.

The fact that Affleck’s directorial debut was overlooked by the Academy did not go unnoticed.

“I felt that he should have been nominated,” Argo co-producer George Clooney told reporters. “But you can’t figure out what goes on in the Academy and he’s still nominated for best picture…It’s disappointing, but we’re not out of the water just yet.”

“Argo” is based on a true story about a clandestine mission to rescue U.S. diplomats who were trapped in Iran during the 1979 hostage crisis. They were spirited out of the country under the guise of making a movie, a satire on Hollywood.

Affleck topped Steven Spielberg for “Lincoln,” Ang Lee for “Life of Pi,” Kathryn Bigelow for “Zero Dark Thirty” and Quentin Tarantino for “Django Unchained.”

“Look, I don’t care what the award is. When they put your name next to the names… it’s an extraordinary thing in your life,” Affleck said. “These nominees are exceptional talents.”

Affleck also thanked members of the clandestine services who are unsung heroes.

In the best picture, drama, category, Argo topped “Django Unchained,” “Life of Pi” “Lincoln” and “Zero Dark Thirty.” The latter two films were considered frontrunners for the award, and came up surprisingly short on the night.

Check out Affleck’s speech below and be sure to follow TheImproper for all the Hollywood awards season highlights.

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Golden Globes Nominees and Winners.
Best Picture, Musical or Comedy
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Les Miserables
Moonrise Kingdom
Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
Silver Linings Playbook

Best Picture, Drama
Django Unchained
Life of Pi
Zero Dark Thirty

Best Director
Ben Affleck, Argo
Kathryn Bigelow, Zero Dark Thirty
Ang Lee, Life of Pi
Steven Spielberg, Lincoln
Quentin Tarantino, Django Unchained

Best Actor, Drama
Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln
Richard Gere, Arbitrage
John Hawkes, The Sessions
Joaquin Phoenix, The Master
Denzel Washington, Flight

Best Actor, Comedy or Musical
Jack Black, Bernie
Bradley Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook
Hugh Jackman, Les Miserables
Ewen McGregor, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
Bill Murray, Hyde Park on Hudson

Best Actress, Drama
Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty
Marion Cotillard, Rust and Bone
Helen Mirren, Hitchcock
Naomi Watts, The Impossible
Rachel Weisz, The Deep Blue Sea

Best Actress, Comedy or Musical
Emily Blunt, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
Judy Dench, Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook

Maggie Smith, Quartet
Meryl Streep, Hope Springs

Best Supporting Actress
Amy Adams, The Master
Sally Field, Lincoln
Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables
Helen Hunt, The Sessions
Nicole Kidman, The Paperboy

Best Supporting Actor
Alan Arkin, Argo
Leonardo DiCaprio, Django Unchained
Philip Seymour Hoffman, The Master
Tommy Lee Jones, Lincoln
Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained

Best Screenplay
Zero Dark Thirty (Mark Boal)
Lincoln (Tony Kushner)
Silver Linings Playbook (David O. Russell)
Django Unchained (Quentin Tarantino)
Argo (Chris Terrio)

Best Score
Life of Pi (Mychael Danna)
Argo (Alexandre Desplat)
Anna Karenina (Dario Marianelli)
Cloud Atlas (Tom Tykwer, Johnny Klimek, Reinhold Heil)
Lincoln (John Williams)

Best Original Song
“For You” – Act of Valor
“Not Running Anymore” – Stand Up Guys
“Safe & Sound” by Taylor Swift – The Hunger Games
“Skyfall” – Skyfall
“Suddenly” – Les Miserables

Best Foreign Language Film
Amour (Austria)
A Royal Affair (Denmark)
The Intouchables (France)
Kon-Tiki (Norway/UK/Demark)
Rust and Bone (France)