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Ben Affleck, Alan Arkin and John Goodman appear in a scene from the 2012 movie Argo. - Provided courtesy of Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. / Claire Folger

Golden Globe Awards: 'Argo' wins Best Motion Picture - Drama

01/13/2013 by Corinne Heller

Ben Affleck's film "Argo" has won the 2013 Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture - Drama.

The winners were announced at a ceremony in Los Angeles on January 13. "Argo" beat "Django Unchained," "Life of Pi," "Lincoln" and fellow Islamic terrorism-themed film "Zero Dark Thirty."

"Argo," depicts the true life story of the 1979 hostage crisis at the American embassy in Tehran, which was taken over by Islamic militants during the Iranian revolution.

Affleck majored in Middle Eastern Studies when he was a student at Occidental College in Los Angeles and dropped out to focus on his acting career. He has in recent years also stepped behind the camera.

The actor directs "Argo" and also plays CIA operative Tony Mendez, who leads an operation to try and get the six hostages out of the country by having his team pretend to be a Canadian film crew. "Argo" also stars Bryan Cranston, John Goodman and Alan Arkin. (Check out 7 facts about Ben Affleck and "Argo".)

Affleck won Best Director as well. The movie was nominated for five Golden Globes this year.

This marked the third Golden Globe nomination for Affleck and the first for Best Director and Best Motion Picture. It is also the first time he has been nominated for an award ceremony's top movie prize. Affleck won his first Golden Globe in 1998, sharing the award for Best Screenplay with Matt Damon for "Good Will Hunting," for which they also won Oscars.

Affleck has been honored for his directorial skills before -- in 2007, the National Board of Review awarded the prize for Best Directorial Debut to the actor for "Gone Baby Gone."

Check out a full list of 2013 Golden Globe winners.

Watch the trailer for "Argo" below.

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