It has been 15 years since Ben Affleck won his first Academy Award for the screenplay for “Good Will Hunting.” Tonight the Boston native captured his second Academy Award for “Argo”, the suspenseful action film about the rescue of American hostages in Iran in the 1970's.
Affleck was not nominated for his role as the director of Argo, which many thought was an Oscar snub. However, Argo's Best Picture win beat out Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln” and David O. Russell’s “Silver Lining Playbook.”
Affleck gave an emotional, fast paced acceptance speech that demonstrated just how much the award meant to him. He praised his competition, saying that "There are eight great films that have every right, as much a right to be up here as we do."
He added that "15 years ago I had no idea what I was doing and I never thought I would be back here." He went on to thank those people in the Hollywood community who had helped him along the way, along with everyone who worked on the film.
“You can’t hold grudges," said Affleck, adding, “It doesn’t matter how you got knocked down. In life you gotta get back up and that’s what matters.”
Ben Affleck grew up in the Cambridge, Mass. area and wrote the screenplay for his first Oscar win with his childhood friend Matt Damon, a fellow actor.