Ben Affleck aces his acceptance speeches
There are an endless parade of awards shows that lead up to the Academy Awards. Often the frontrunner -- who might win every or nearly time -- winds up giving the same speech over and over again. So by the time the big night rolls around, a speech might seem to get a little stale.
So what can we expect Ben Affleck to say when he ascends the podium late on Sunday night to pick up his Best Picture Oscar? The “Argo” director, producer and star has been building toward this moment since his first acceptance speech at the Critcs' Choice Awards and, while occasionally he stumbles into the pit of extreme humility where Anne Hathaway wallows, Affleck generally sets the right tone between aw-shucks and boo-rah.
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.