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Ben Affleck’s acceptance speech after winning Best Picture for Argo at the 2013 Academy Awards Sunday night was an awesomely emotional mess.

The actor, whose movie won top honors despite his personal snub in the Best Director category, was clearly choked up and caught up in the moment.

Ben Affleck Oscars Speech

Affleck, 40, recalled how he was "just a kid" when he last triumphed for Good Will Hunting, and how he’d been "knocked down" so many times since.

The only important thing, he said through tears, is that "you gotta get up."

Then it got slightly awkward with his nod to spouse Jennifer Garner.


"I want to thank my wife … for working on our marriage for 10 Christmases," he said, stumbling over words as he addressed the mother of his three children.

As if he were calling out his own marital problems, he added, "It’s good … it IS work, but it’s the best kind of work … and there’s no one I’d rather work with."

It was wonderful as a raw and honest moment, that’s for sure.

Still, one wonders how the comment was received back at home at the end of the night. Was Jen surprised? Moved? Pissed? We will likely never know.

Regardless, congratulations to Ben and his whole family!