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Ben Affleck Oscar Snub Speech "I Would Like To Thank The Academy.. I'm Kidding,"

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Ben Affleck won Critics' Choice Movie Awards for directing "Argo," after being snubbed for the Oscars.

Affleck on stage took a swipe at his Oscars snub by starting his acceptance speech with "I would like to thank the Academy.  I'm kidding, I'm kidding. This is the one that counts."  Other nominations for competing with "Argo" Director were Tom Hooper, David O.Russel and Kathryn Bigelow all Oscar nominated directors.

Argo based on CIA rescue of six U.S. diplomats during the 1979 Iran hostage crisis received many praises from critics and audiences.  When Affleck was not nominated for the Oscars, many where shocked and felt he was snubbed.  Brady Cooper who was nominated for an Oscar in his performance in "Silver Linings Playbook," said to "Today Show" hosts "I do have to say, real quick, I do have to say, Ben Affleck got robbed."

Funny man Seth MacFarlane slated to co-host the Oscars told ABC "Live with Kelly and Michael,"  a joke about Affleck's Oscar snub stating "He's like the Matt Damon of directing," referring to Affleck's best friend Matt who also have been notorious snubbed by the Academy Awards. 

Affleck, father of  three added "There was a time where the Ben Affleck Critics' Award was a Saturday Night Live sketch, so this is a very, very cool and exciting thing, particularly to me, because there are so many unbelievable directors in this category who II can only look up to, and so many who didn't get nominated, and I'm really humbled by that." 

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