BEN AFFLECK (Nick Dunne) is a two-time Academy Award winner
who has been recognized for his work as a director, actor, writer and producer.
Affleck most recently directed, produced and starred in the award-winning hit
Argo, a fact-based drama about the then-classified mission to rescue six
Americans trapped in Iran during the hostage crisis. The most acclaimed film of
2012, Argo swept the year's top honors, including the Oscar, Golden Globe and
BAFTA Award for Best Picture. Affleck also won Golden Globe, BAFTA, and Critics'
Choice Awards for Best Director, and was nominated for a BAFTA Award for Best
Actor. In addition, he 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 garnered Best Ensemble Awards
from the National Board of Review, Hollywood Film Awards, and the Palm Springs
International Film Festival. Among its many other honors, the film won Oscars
for Best Screenplay and Best Editing, earned four more Oscar nominations, and
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 earned several critics groups' awards, including the Best
Directorial Debut Award from the National Board of Review. Additionally, he 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
In 2010, Affleck 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 the National Board of Review Award for Best Ensemble.
Affleck received a Writers Guild of America Award nomination for "The Town,"
which also brought Oscar, Golden Globe and SAG Award nominations to co-star
His upcoming film projects also include Warner Bros' Batman vs Superman and
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 drama Good Will
Hunting, which he starred in and co-wrote with Damon. The two 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, sharing in 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.
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.