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BEN AFFLECK (Neil) has been recognized for his work as a director, actor, writer and producer. He most recently directed, produced and starred in the hit drama ARGO. One of the most acclaimed films of the year, ARGO has garnered numerous honors, including Golden Globe and Critics' Choice Awards wins in the categories of Best Picture and Best Director. The film also received seven Oscar nominations, including Best Picture, and seven BAFTA Award nominations, including Best Picture, as well as Best Director and Best Actor nods for Affleck. In addition, sweeping the major guild awards, Affleck won a Directors Guild of America Award; a Producers Guild of America Award, shared with George Clooney and Grant Heslov; and a Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award as a member of the film's ensemble, which won for Outstanding Motion Picture Cast. The cast also won Best Ensemble Awards from the National Board of Review, Hollywood Film Awards, and the Palm Springs International Film Festival. Additionally, the film was named one of the top 10 outstanding films of the year by the American Film Institute (AFI), as well as numerous critics.
Affleck made his directorial debut in 2007 with the feature GONE BABY GONE, for which he won several critics groups' awards, including the Best Directorial Debut Award from the National Board of Review. He also won the Breakthrough Director of the Year Award at the 2007 Hollywood Film Festival. Affleck also co-wrote the screenplay for the film, adapted from the Dennis Lehane novel.
In 2010, he directed and starred in THE TOWN, in addition to co-writing the screenplay. The film was named among the top 10 films of the year by the AFI, and the cast won National Board of Review Award for Best Ensemble. Additionally, Affleck earned a Writers Guild of America Award nomination for THE TOWN, which also brought Oscar, Golden Globe and SAG Award nominations to Jeremy Renner.
Affleck next stars in the dramatic thriller RUNNER, RUNNER directed by Brad Furman and slated for release this fall. His upcoming projects also include LIVE BY NIGHT based on the Dennis Lehane novel, and a biopic about notorious mobster Whitey Bulger, in which he and Matt Damon will star.
Affleck first came to prominence in 1997 with the acclaimed GOOD WILL HUNTING which he starred in and co-wrote with Damon. For their work, they won an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay, as well as a Golden Globe Award and Humanitas Prize. The following year, Affleck starred in John Madden's Oscar-winning SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE winning a SAG Award for Outstanding Motion Picture Cast.
In 2006, Affleck earned widespread praise for his portrayal of ill-fated actor George Reeves in the noir drama HOLLYWOODLAND. The film premiered at the Venice Film Festival, where he won the coveted Volpi Award for Best Actor. He also received Golden Globe and Critics' Choice Award nominations for Best Actor, as well as the Best Actor Award at the Hollywood Film Festival.
He has also starred in such diverse films as THE COMPANY MEN, STATE OF PLAY, HE'S JUST NOT THAT INTO YOU, JERSEY GIRL, DAREDEVIL, THE SUM OF ALL FEARS, CHANGING LANES, PEARL HARBOR, BOILER ROOM, FORCES OF NATURE and ARMEGEDDON.
In 2000, Affleck partnered with Matt Damon, Chris Moore and Sean Bailey to form LivePlanet, Inc. Their first endeavor, "Project Greenlight," premiered in 2001 on HBO and drew critical, audience and industry attention for its behind-the-scenes look at the challenges faced by a first-time filmmaker. The second season of "Project Greenlight" aired on HBO in 2003, with a third season on Bravo in 2005. All three seasons were nominated for Emmy Awards.
In addition to his successful film career, Affleck is also a passionate advocate and philanthropist. In March 2010, he founded the Eastern Congo Initiative (ECI), the first U.S.-based advocacy and grant-making initiative wholly focused on the mission of helping the people of eastern Congo support local community-based approaches that create a sustainable and successful society in the long-troubled region. Affleck is also a longtime political activist, as well as a strong supporter of many charitable organizations, including Feeding America, Paralyzed Veterans of America, A-T Children's Project and the Jimmy Fund.
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