If the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences didn't know Ben Affleck could direct pretty well before, they might know now.
The award furthers the case that it may be the front-runner for "Best Picture" at the Academy Awards, but it also highlights Affleck's Oscar snub for "Best Director."
Among the other Oscar snubbed up for Directors Guild honors were Kathryn Bigelow for "Zero Dark Thirty" and Tom Hooper for "Les Miserables."
Said Affleck of the Directors Guild honor: "I don't think that this makes me a real director, but I think it means I'm on my way."
Just his third film behind the camera, Affleck said backstage at the award ceremony that he had the upmost respect for the Academy, and he's "not entitled to anything."
"I'm thrilled and honored that the academy nominated me as a producer of the movie," Affleck told the AP. "I know our movie, we're a little bit underdog and a little bit the little engine that could, and you take me out of it maybe helps ... it's just about that picture. I feel like it's OK, I'm really lucky, I'm in a good place."