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Ben Affleck, the happiest non-nominated director ever

With Best Picture Oscar for 'Argo' in hand, life's just fine

Chris Kaltenbach

The Baltimore Sun

1:10 AM EST, February 25, 2013

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Fresh off becoming the first director since 1990 to helm a Best Picture winner without being nominated himself, Ben Affleck swore that's not a distinction he loses sleep over.

"I'm not going to spend a lot of time second-guessing" the academy, he said, clutching the Oscar he'd just won as a producer for "Argo." After all, he noted, academy voters did give him an Oscar, just not one for directing.

Still, the normally self-effacing Affleck promised, people might see some changes in him, now that he's a two-time Oscar winner (he'd previously shared a screenwriting award with pal Matt Damon for "Good Will Hunting").

"No more humility," he said with a laugh.