"I want to thank my wife who is the reason why I'm standing here," Affleck said after claiming the prize on stage, reports dailymail.co.uk. "I adore you. I love you so much. Thanks for sitting through this. You are my everything. Thank you," he added.

Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner
Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner

The actor-filmmaker was overwhelmed with his nomination for the best director itself.  He gushed over the names of other nominees that presenter Halle Berry had read off: Steven Spielberg for "Lincoln", Ang Lee for "Life of Pi", Kathryn Bigelow for "Zero Dark Thirty" and Quentin Tarantino for "Django Unchained".

"Look, I don't care what the award is. When they put your name next to the names she just read off, it's an extraordinary thing in your life," Affleck said.