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Ben Affleck 'over' Oscars director snub

Published: 7:59AM Monday February 04, 2013 Source: BANG Showbiz

Ben Affleck says he didn't feel "entitled" to win an Oscar for Best Director this year.

The Argo director and star missed out on an Academy Award nomination despite winning a string of accolades over the past few weeks for his Iranian hostage drama, but insists he is over the snub.

The 40-year-old star told reporters in the press room after picking up the top prize, Outstanding Directorial Achievement in a Motion Picture, at the Director's Guild of America Awards in Los Angeles on Saturday night (Sunday NZT): "You're not entitled to win anything. You're not entitled to anything in life.

"I'm really happy - I'm thrilled and honoured - that the Academy nominated me as a producer for the movie... It's okay. I'm really lucky. I'm in a great place."

Ben - who is married to actress Jennifer Garner and has three children, Violet, seven, Seraphina, four, and Samuel, 11 months - admitted during his acceptance speech that he decided to become a director because he was so confused about his acting career.

"I got to a point in my life where I was really down, really confused, really felt beset on all sides by life, didn't know what was going to happen. [So] I thought, 'I should be a director'," he said.

"I worked really, really hard to become the best director I could be, by putting in as [many] hours as I [could], and banging my head against a wall, berating myself, lying to myself about whether it was going to work. And I don't think this [award] makes me a real director - but I think it means I'm on my way."

Other big winners at the ceremony included Girls creator and star Lena Dunham, who won Outstanding Directorial Achievement in a Comedy series.

The Directors Guild Awards can be one of the most-accurate forecasts for who will take home the big prize, Best Picture, at the Oscars on February 24.

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