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Ben Affleck laughs off Oscar snub at Critics' Choice Awards [VIDEO]

By KATE STANTON, UPI.com
Actor and director Ben Affleck attends the 18th annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards held at Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California on January 10, 2013. UPI/Jim Ruymen | <a href="/News_Photos/lp/2537d67b286c558cdd060590372d3103/" target="_blank">License Photo</a>
Actor and director Ben Affleck attends the 18th annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards held at Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California on January 10, 2013. UPI/Jim Ruymen | License Photo

Just a day after Ben Affleck's Oscar snub stunned and angered the entertainment world, the actor-director picked up a Critics' Choice Award for his work directing "Argo."

"I'd like to thank the Academy," Affleck said to supportive cheers from the audience. "I'm kidding, this is the one that counts," he added.

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"It's very very cool for me. There was a time when Ben Affleck's Critics' Award was a 'Saturday Night Live' sketch," the 40-year-old actor joked, referring to his mid-2000s career slump that made him the butt of jokes for years.

A slew of mediocre films and the failed "Bennifer" relationship of 2004 could still be putting off Oscar voters, one observer noted Wednesday:

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