Ben Affleck Aces his Acceptance Speeches
The key to Affleck’s unflagging performance on the podium is that, as in “Argo,” he knows his audience and how to balance serious material and laughs rooted in human frailty. It doesn’t hurt that when he takes the stage on Oscar night, he is connected to almost every audience he stands before: actor, director, producer – and family man, too.
The Critics’ Choice Awards: Snarky is welcome
Ben seized the day at the Critics’ Choice Awards way back on January 10th to snipe at the Academy that overlooked him for best director kudos. He accepted the Critics’ Choice statuette with the good-natured quip “I’d like to thank the Academy…I’m kidding, I’m kidding. This is the one that counts”:
The Golden Globes Awards: It’s a popularity contest and Ben’s prom king
Three days after the Critics’ Choice at the Golden Globes, Affleck didn’t have to mention “Gigli” or J. Lo or “Daredevil” for us to understand his reference: “I’m still trying to blow it. Believe me.”
At the Globes, he not only generously acknowledged his fellow nominees – cue Steven Spielberg looking like he’s just eaten bad shellfish – he also compared “The Master”’s Paul Thomas Anderson (who wasn’t even nominated) to Orson Welles. Sure he was talking fast, and hitting the necessary points, but his tone was grateful and self-effacing, as if he were aware that in an alternative reality, he could have been a contestant on “The Apprentice” alongside Dennis Rodman and Stephen Baldwin.