Ben Affleck is getting a lot of press lately due to his 'Oscar snub' last week. He was considered by most to be a lock for a Best Director nomination by the Academy for 'Argo'. But they really blew that category, leaving out worthy contenders like Affleck, Kathryn Bigelow ('Zero Dark Thirty'), Paul Thomas Anderson ('The Master'), Christopher Nolan ('The Dark Knight Rises'), Quentin Tarantino ('Django Unchained'), and Tom Hooper ('Les Miserables'), and instead including relatively unexpected picks like Benh Zeitlin ('Beasts of the Southern Wild'), Ang Lee ('Life of Pi'), and Michael Haneke ('Amour'). Fortunately for Affleck, my colleagues at the Broadcast Film Critics Association and the Hollywood Foreign Press did him right and not only nominated him, but awarded him Best Director as well as Best Picture for 'Argo' at the Critics Choice Movie Awards and Golden Globes, respectively. He looked genuinely stunned at both shows.
On December 7th, I had the opportunity to casually talk to Affleck over breakfast in New York City, along with the former CIA agent he plays in 'Argo', Tony Mendez, and 'Argo' screenwriter Chris Terrio. It was a real treat. (And that's an understatement.) And afterwards I participated in my first junket. I hope you enjoy. (Note: It's only 4+ minutes long. You can ignore the last 4+. It's probably just duplicated. )