Affleck wins Best Picture Oscar, thanks wife Garner

Ben Affleck walked away from the 2013 Oscars with one heck of a consolation prize for his Best Director snub. The Argo filmmaker and his team captured the night’s top award, beating out eight other nominees, including Lincoln and Silver Linings Playbook, for Best Picture at the Feb. 24 ceremony in L.A.
Ben Affleck accepts the Best Picture award for Argo during the Oscars on February 24 .
Ben Affleck accepts the Best Picture award for Argo during the Oscars on February 24 .

Ben Affleck walked away from the 2013 Oscars with one heck of a consolation prize for his Best Director snub. The Argo filmmaker and his team captured the night’s top award, beating out eight other nominees, including Lincoln and Silver Linings Playbook, for Best Picture at the Feb. 24 ceremony in L.A.

Affleck, 40, was visibly emotional as he accepted the coveted honor. He acknowledged the competition, thanked everyone who had worked on or in the film, and then turned the attention to his wife, Jennifer Garner, who has been a steady presence at his side throughout this year’s awards season.

The critically acclaimed star choked up as he expressed his gratitude toward Garner, not for her work on the film -- “I normally don’t associate [her] with Iran,” he quipped during his speech -- but for her work on their marriage over the last “10 Christmases.” (Technically, eight; the couple married in 2005.)

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