Oscars 2013: 'Argo' wins Best Picture
Ben Affleck's film "Argo" has won the Oscar for Best Picture at the 2013 Oscars.
The winners were announced at a live ceremony that took place at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles and aired live on ABC on Sunday, February 24. "Argo" beat "Django Unchained," "Life of Pi," "Lincoln," "Beasts of the Southern Wild," "Silver Linings Playbook," "Les Miserables," "Amour" and fellow Islamic terrorism-themed film "Zero Dark Thirty."
Affleck thanked his parents, his brother, the film's real-life protaganist Tony Mendez, wife and actress Jennifer Garner in his acceptance speech.
"I thank everyone in the movie, on the movie, worked on the movie, did anything with this movie gets thanks. I want to thank Canada, I want to thank our friends in Iran, living in a terrible circumstances right now, I want to thank my wife, who I don't normally associate with Iran," he said. "I want to thank you for working on our marriage for 10 Christmases. It's good. It is work but it's the best kind of work and there's no one I'd rather work with."
"Argo" won the 2013 Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture - Drama in January. The movie 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.
"Argo" also stars Bryan Cranston, John Goodman and Alan Arkin, who received an individual nod for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for his performance as movie producer Lester Siegel.
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 directed and co-produced "Argo" and also plays CIA operative 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. (Check out 7 facts about Ben Affleck and "Argo".)
This marked the first time a film by Affleck has been nominated for the top Oscar. Affleck won his first Oscar in 1998, sharing the award for Best Screenplay with Matt Damon for "Good Will Hunting." (WATCH a video of Ben Affleck and Matt Damon giving their speech)
Affleck went on to star in films such as Kevin Smith's "Dogma" and "Gigli," a box office flop starring Jennifer Lopez, before earning praise for his film "Gone Baby Gone," which earned him the prize for Best Directorial Debut from the National Board of Review in 2007.
Affleck did not receive an individual nod for directing "Argo," which earned seven nominations and won two other awards -- Best Adapted Screenplay and Film Editing.
"I was here 15 years ago or something and I had no idea what I was doing, sit out here in front of you all, really just a kid," Affleck said at Sunday's Oscar ceremony. "And I went out and I never thought that I would be back here and I am because of so many of you who are here tonight."
"It doesn't matter how you get knocked down in life, because that's going to happen," Affleck said at the Oscars on Sunday. "All that matters is that you gotta get up."
Watch the trailer for "Argo" below.