Ben Affleck laughed off his double Oscar snub last night as he scooped the Best Director Award at the 2013 Critics Choice Awards in New York for thriller 'Argo', jokingly thanking the “Academy”.
'Argo', which Affleck starred in and directed, won both Best Movie and Best Director at the star studded awards beating stiff competition 'Lincoln', 'Life of Pi' and 'Silver Linings Playbook'.
Taking to the stage to collect his gong, the father of three joked about his Academy Award snub, after he was left off the Best Director and Best Actor nominations announced yesterday.
He told the star studded audience, according to the Telegraph: "I'd like to thank the Academy!"
Which roused great cheers from the crowd, before adding: "It's very, very cool for me. There was a time that a Ben Affleck critics’ award was a Saturday Night Live sketch."
The absence of Affleck from the short-list nominations caused shock in Hollywood, with fellow nominee Bradley Cooper, picking up a Best Actor nom for his role in 'Silver Linings Playbook' claiming he “was robbed”.
In a phone interview with America's Today program the 'Hangover' hunk said: “I do have to say real quick, Ben Affleck got robbed.”
The 1970s drama received seven Oscar nominations including Best Picture and Supporting Actor for Alan Arkin, but failed to nominate Affleck in either the Best Actor or Best Director categories.