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Ben Affeck Oscars Speech: 'Argo' Director Accepts Academy Award For Best Picture

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Ben Affleck Oscars speech: Great.
Ben Affleck Oscars speech: Great.

Ben Affleck's Oscars speech put a classy cap on the 85th annual Academy Awards.

As a co-producer on "Argo," Affleck accepted the Oscar for Best Picture when his film was announced as winner on Sunday night. "Argo" had been the favorite to win Best Picture going into the ceremony, despite the fact that Affleck himself wasn't nominated in the Best Director category. "Argo" is the first film to win without a Best Director nomination since "Driving Miss Daisy" at the 1990 ceremony, and only the fourth film to accomplish that feat in Oscars history.

Affleck began by giving a shout out to Steven Spielberg, director of "Lincoln," and the other nominees for Best Picture. He went through a list of thank-you's, including the country of Canada, while accepting the award. Grant Heslov and George Clooney were also co-producers on "Argo." (Clooney, in fact, thought he might direct the film before handing it off to Affleck.)

Chris Terrio wrote "Argo," basing the film on a Wired article, and he took home an Oscar as well - for Best Adapted Screenplay.

Affleck has given acceptance speeches throughout awards season. His film won major prizes from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (The Golden Globes), Directors Guild of America, Producers Guild of America, Screen Actors Guild of America, Writers Guild of America and BAFTA.

While accepting Best Director from BAFTA, Affleck noted that the "Argo" was a chance for him to earn some redemption after being a punchline because of some acting choices in the early 00s.

"This is a second act for me and you have given me that. This industry has given me that," he said.

For more on the Oscars' 2013 ceremony, including a full list of Academy Awards winners, check out the live blog below.

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That's all from the Oscars 2013 live blog here at HuffPost Entertainment! Hope you enjoyed the show. This is Christopher Rosen, signing off.

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From backstage at the Oscars:

When did you feel a tipping point in your favor for this film?

Clooney: Michelle Obama.

Ben: When they gave us the trophies I was confident that we would win. I don’t get too much into the Oscar-ology and the pontificating. It doesn’t help me to read up on that stuff.

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Backstage at the Oscars with Daniel Day-Lewis:

Was it uncomfortable wearing the beard?

What do you mean? No it's just a beard. Do you wear your hair? It was my very own beard.

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From HuffPost Los Angeles correspondent Sasha Bronner:

"A bad word. That starts with F."

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Here's Awards Daily blogger Sasha Stone just after "Argo" won Best Picture.

@ AwardsDaily : See, I told you Argo was Crash incarnate. Won the same amount of awards even.

Here's Sasha Stone on "Argo" back in October:

Have you ever seen a movie where you walk out saying, “That was just a great f--king movie”? That’s Ben Affleck’s Argo. Inexplicably, a film that draws its strength from humor and suspense, winds up being more moving the second time through. Perhaps because once you have been through the suspense part of it you get to know the characters better and therefore care about their outcomes more.

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@ LouLumenick : Affleck: Oscar winner to laughingstock to Oscar winner. You can't make these things up.

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@ m1keh0gan : Tommy Lee Jones told me Seth MacFarlane was "hilarious." His favorite part? "I Saw Your Boobs." #notkidding

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“It’s a strange thing, because three years ago, before we decided to do a straight swap, I had actually been committed to play Margaret Thatcher, um...” he joked. “And Meryl was, was Steven’s first choice for ‘Lincoln.’ And I’d like to see that version. And Steven didn’t have to persuade me to play Lincoln, but I had to persuade him that, perhaps, if I was going to do it, that Lincoln shouldn’t be a musical.”

More on Daniel Day-Lewis' Oscar speech here.

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The 85th annual Oscars gave audiences plenty to talk about -- from host Seth MacFarlane's "rejected"-but-still-definitely-included "We Saw Your Boobs" number to William Shatner's comment that the Academy should have asked Amy Poehler and Tina Fey to host. (Are they really hosting next year? Don't play with our emotions that way.)

More here from HuffPost Women.

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Need to make sense of the Oscars? We've got you covered. From the WHOA to the EEK to the OH NO!, we've rounded up the night's brightest highlights. Because nobody should be the odd man out at the water cooler.

Seth MacFarlane opened the night with a Tommy Lee Jones joke (remember Mr Grumpy Cat?). "The quest to make Tommy Lee Jones laugh starts now," quipped the host. So ...

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Look at Oscar night in GIFs by clicking here.

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The 85th annual Academy Awards took a moment Sunday evening to honor a number of late Hollywood greats. The memoriam nodded to an extraordinary group, including Nora Ephron and Richard Zanuck. However, one actor was noticeably absent from the list.

Andy Griffith wasn't mentioned in the Oscars' In Memoriam segment. More here.

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@ brooksbarnesNYT : Reporter to Jennifer Lawrence, "Are you worried about peaking too soon?" She makes a face and pauses. "Well, now I am!"

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From HuffPost Women:

We learned a few things: Seth MacFarlane likes boobs. Seth MacFarlane thinks eating disorders are funny. And Seth MacFarlane's one-liners would make the worst pick-up lines ever.

More here on Seth MacFarlane's Oscar night.

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Pretty great. David Rothschild, who spearheaded our Oscars Prediction Dashboard weighs in:

This is a spectacular result … The Oscars are always billed as “unpredictable” and that is especially true down the line for the more obscure categories … 19 out of 24 correct is a testament to scientific predictions

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More on the Oscars tie that occurred in the Best Sound Editing category:

Although it is rare, Oscars ties have happened before.

In 1932, Frederic March won the Best Actor award for "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" and tied with Wallace Beery for "The Champ" because Beery only beat him by one single vote, Slate notes. The rules allowed for a one vote difference to be called a tie back then, while today it must be the exact same.

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Relive the most awkward moment of Jennifer Lawrence's life:

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More on Michelle Obama's Oscar appearance:

"[These films] taught us that love can beat all odds," Obama said. "They reminded us that we can overcome any obstacle if we dig deep enough and fight hard enough and find the courage within ourselves."

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The 2013 Oscars are over. "Life of PI" led with four wins, including Best Director for Ang Lee. "Argo" and "Les Miserables" had three wins. "Django Unchained" and "Lincoln" earned two.

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@ kateyrich : Poor Bradley Cooper, knowing they pre-wrote a musical number about how he's a loser.

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Seth MacFarlane and Kristen Chenoweth sing a song about the losers at the Oscars. Surely this will go over well in the room.

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"Argo," Ang Lee, Daniel Day-Lewis, Jennifer Lawrence, Christoph Waltz and Anne Hathaway were 2013 Oscar winners. Here's the full list.

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Affleck, who was snubbed for Best Director, gives a long but thoughtful acceptance speech. More on the historic "Argo" Oscar win here:

The 2013 Academy Award for Best Picture was awarded to Hollywood's favorite film: "Argo." Oscar looked good in Ben Affleck's hand, especially as the star was notably snubbed in the Best Directing category.

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He thanks Ben Affleck, who directed a "helluva film." He then introduces Affleck.

"Thank you very, very much." Affleck acknowledges Steven Spielberg and the other films.

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Michelle Obama announces "Argo" as Best Picture.

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Jack knows better than to mess with Michelle Obama.

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@ HuffPostMedia : Well, this is a surprise!

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SURPRISE!

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No sunglasses.

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