Affleck and Garner tie the knot in a top-secret ceremony on one of the islands of Turks and Caicos. Months later, on Dec. 1, Affleck becomes a father with the birth of the couple's daughter, Violet. He also stars in Hollywoodland as TV Superman George Reeves, which is his most serious role to date.
Affleck appears on the cover of men's style magazine Details, where he discusses his directorial debut, Gone Baby Gone, starring his younger brother Casey. "There's something really great about directing," Affleck, 35, says. "If you don't like this movie, I'm the guy to see. I'm the guy to criticize." But Violet's daddy is also hopeful that the film will help critics see beyond "Bennifer" and his high-profile flops. "It was probably bad for my career," he says of his dating Lopez.
Following their three-year wedding anniversary, Garner debuts her baby bump and Affleck confirms they're having another baby to long time pal, director-actor Kevin Smith. "[Ben] is a great dad, which I found not that surprising," Smith tells PEOPLE, "but it's a side of him that I never thought about before he became a dad." On January 6, they welcome their second daughter, Seraphina Rose Elizabeth Affleck.
Affleck steps behind the lens for the second time, directing and starring in The Town. "It's hard to disavow a movie when you've written, directed and acted in it," he tells The New York Times. "This is an emblem of the person I want to be going forward." The crime drama, which costars Blake Lively, Jon Hamm, Jeremy Renner and Rebecca Hall, debuts at the top of the box office, earning $23.8 million.
After a busy year, the actor-director works on a project close to home: expanding his brood with wife Jennifer Garner. The couple, parents to daughters Violet, 6, and Seraphina, 3, welcome their first baby boy, Samuel, to their adorable family. "It would be so weird to have a boy," Garner said during her pregnancy, adding that raising a son would be "cool and different."
Affleck garners rave reviews for his third directorial effort, Argo, which chronicles the real-life rescue of six U.S. diplomats during the 1979 Iran hostage crisis. The drama emerges as an early Oscar contender, and after three weeks at the box office, finally takes the top spot.
Despite being snubbed by the Oscars, Affleck continues to rack up kudos for his directorial effort, taking home the Golden Globe for best director just days after winning the Critics' Choice Movie Award. "These nominees are exceptional talents," he says in his acceptance speech of Quentin Tarantino, Kathryn Bigelow, Ang Lee and Steven Spielberg. "I truly to God never thought I would be in the same breath as them." The film is also named best picture.
Affleck takes home his second Academy Award as a producer for Argo, which is named Best Picture, and again pays tribute to wife Jennifer Garner in his acceptance speech. "I want to thank you for working on our marriage for 10 Christmases," he says from the stage. "It is work but it's the best kind of work and there's no one I'd rather work with."
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