Ben Affleck and George Clooney, two of Hollywood’s biggest leading actors, reunited at the 2013 Golden Globe Awards and celebrated Affleck’s Best Director win for “Argo.” On Jan. 13, Ben Affleck defeated fellow directors Kathryn Bigelow, Ang Lee, Steven Spielberg and Quentin Tarantino and said graciously during his acceptance speech, “These nominees are exceptional talent.” He then went on to thank troops serving overseas, Warner Brothers, his exceptional cast and crew, his three children and wife Jennifer Garner. “You are my everything,” he added emotionally. "Argo" also won the night's biggest award for Best Motion Picture - Drama.
“Argo” chronicles the daring 1979 rescue of six U.S. diplomats, which was led by CIA operative Tony Mendez. Affleck directed the 5-time Golden Globes nominated movie and George Clooney served as one of the film’s producers. Unfortunately, Affleck forgot to thank Clooney during his speech, but Garner did so when she presented a different award several minutes later.
On the red carpet, Clooney told Ryan Seacrest that he found an article about the daring rescue and developed it into a script. Affleck signed on five years later and “Argo” was born. Concerning Affleck, Clooney said on Sunday night, “He’s a real gentleman and very talented.” George attended the Golden Globes with girlfriend Stacy Keibler and sat next to Ben during the awards.
George Clooney is no stranger to the Golden Globes. He won Best Actor in 2011 for “The Descendants,” Best Supporting Actor in 2004 for “Syrianna,” and Best Actor in 2000 for “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” He was also nominated in 1995, 1996 and 1997 for his TV work on “ER.”
“Argo” was nominated for Best Drama Motion Picture, along with “Django Unchained,” “Life of Pi,” “Lincoln,” and “Zero Dark Thirty.” It was also nominated for Best Director, Screenplay, Score and Best Supporting Actor. Interestingly enough, Affleck was overlooked and completely snubbed by the Academy for an Oscar. When asked how he felt about "Argo" being nominated for five Golden Globes, he replied, "It kind of blows me away. It's like a dream."
Every year, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which includes 90 members from 55 countries, votes on its choices for the annual Golden Globes Awards. Often considered the precursor to the Oscars, the Golden Globes pulls in an impressive international TV audience. Last year’s ceremony was watched by 250 international viewers in more than 198 countries worldwide. It is one of the few awards ceremonies that spans both television and motion picture achievements.
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