Ben Affleck at the Directors Guild Awards
02/03/2013 AT 03:00 PM EST
took home the top prize Saturday night at the 65th Annual Directors Guild Awards in Los Angeles, where he once again
reigned supreme following a snub
from the Academy Awards
It was a celebratory evening for Affleck – and it was also date night with his doting wife, Jennifer Garner
, by his side (and often with her hand on his back).
"I have to just thank my wife for being the best person in the world. I love you," Affleck, 40, told the audience as he accepted the award for outstanding directorial achievement for Argo
. "I don't need to look at the teleprompter to know why I want to thank you. I want to thank you because I love you."
He added: "I want our daughters to break boundaries."
He also tipped his hat to fellow nominee Steven Spielberg, telling the Lincoln
director, "Steven, there is nothing to even say about a guy whose got 11 of these ... This is the guy whose face is in Wikipedia when you type in director."
That wasn't Spielberg's only shout-out of the night. As Girls
mastermind Lena Dunham, also a first-time winner, accepted honors for television comedy directing, she playfully warned, "Steven Spielberg, I am coming for you. Ben Affleck, I already came for you."
Not that Affleck considers himself a tried-and-true director.
"I worked really, really hard to try to become the best director that I could be," he said. "I don't think that this makes me a real director, but I think it means I'm on my way."