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Ben Affleck Talks Argo Best Director Oscar Snub, Gushes Over Film's Best Picture Nomination

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Think Ben Affleck deserved a Best Director nod for Argo? You're not alone.

Pal Bradley Cooper said the esteemed star "got robbed" and should have been recognized for his directorial efforts, and Seth MacFarlane and even Jennifer Garner's ex-husband Scott Foley agreed with the snubbed sentiment.

But what does Ben think of this season's most talked-about snub? 

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Turns out, he's totally unfazed.

"I also didn't get actor. I also didn't get writer. I didn't write it," the Argo director quipped with a smile to E!'s Marc Malkin when asked how he felt about his failed attempt to nab a Best Director nom. "You know, it's the first time in my life keeping track of the things I didn't get. It's a pretty good day."

Talk about a glass-half-full kinda guy! And Affleck is clearly focusing on his accomplishments, proudly gushing over the film's success and Best Picture nomination:

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"I was in bed with my wife and it was just an incredible, spectacular day," he said of learning of the Oscar nom. "Finding out this movie is nominated for Best Picture and all these other nominations…We honestly didn't even think anyone would go see the movie!"

So how did he react when he heard the exciting news?

"You know, it was just sort of tense and waiting, and then we saw 'Argo.' I just sort of relaxed and I don't remember anything after that," he joked.

But just because the Oscars snubbed Affleck doesn't mean the star won't be celebrating his efforts—he took home the award for Best Director at last night's Critics' Choice ceremony (and even made a joke about the Academy in his speech!). 

Congrats! 

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