In a surprise defeat for Steven Spielberg and "Lincoln," Ben Affleck won the Golden Globe for directing "Argo."
A clearly stunned Affleck, who earlier this week was noticeably not shortlisted for the directing Oscar, said he didn't care what the award was -- he was honored to have been nominated alongside the "exceptional talents" of Spielberg, Ang Lee ("Life of Pi"), Quentin Tarantino ("Django Unchained"), Tom Hooper ("Les Miserables") and Kathryn Bigelow ("Zero Dark Thirty").
Affleck's win could derail Spielberg’s status as a front-runner for the director prize when the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences hands out the Oscars next month.
Last year, Michel Hazanavicius won best director at the Golden Globes for "The Artist." Hazanavicius went on to win the directing prize at the Academy Awards.