Ben Affleck’s Argo has walked away with the 2013 Oscar for best picture.
The film, which was directed and produced by Affleck, has dominated the awards ceremonies this year, picking up, among others, the Bafta, Golden Globe, Critics Choice and Producers Guild of America awards for best film.
Argo has caused something of a controversy after director Ben Affleck failed to be nominated by the Academy for best director, despite winning multiple awards during this year’s season – including wins at the Directors Guild of America, Golden Globe and Bafta ceremonies.
The last time the winner of best picture and best director didn’t match up was in 2005 when Crash won best picture and Ang Lee took home best director for his film Brokeback Mountain.
Argo has beaten dark romance Silver Linings Playbook, war thriller Zero Dark Thirty, American historical epic Lincoln, Michael Haneke’s Amour, musical masterpeice Les Misérables, spiritual spectacular Life of Pi and fantasy film Beasts of the Southern Wild to this year’s most prestigious prize.
Accepting the coveted golden statuette, an emotional Ben Affeck said: “Thank you very very much. I was here years ago, I was a kid and I never thought I would be back here…”
He went on to say: “It doesn’t matter how you get knocked down. It matters how you get up.”
Affleck’s Argo also starred Bryan Cranston, Alan Arkin and John Goodman and told the story of the 1979 Iranian hostage crisis.