Best and Worst of the 2013 Oscars
Best: Ben Affleck gets his moment
So, he wasn't nominated for Best Director. And that was bad. And decades from now, assuming people remember this Oscars season at all, there will be general bafflement that the guy who won the Golden Globe and the DGA Award and whose film won the Best Picture Oscar was somehow snubbed by the Academy. That didn't mean that Affleck was denied his big moment. As "Argo" won Best Picture, Affleck seemed ready to accept, but producer Grant Heslov moved him to the side because he wanted to make sure somebody other than Ben Affleck had the chance to thank Ben Affleck. Then, with no worries of time -- the show was WAY over anyway -- Affleck gave an initially flustered, but ultimately touching and heartfelt speech in which he thanked Canada and wife Jennifer Garner, but closed by reflecting on his struggles between this and his first Oscar 15 years ago. "It doesn't matter how you get knocked down in life, because that's gonna happen. All that matters is that you gotta get up," he closed.
- Daniel Fienberg