Although his film has been the subject of some controversy regarding the stereotyping of Iranians, Ben Affleck picked up best director prize for his film Argo at the Golden Globe awards. Argo, which is set amidst the 1979 Iranian hostage crisis also won best drama. Affleck is a critically acclaimed film director. He directed Gone Baby Gone (2007), The Town (2010) and Argo (2012), playing the lead in the latter two films. He has worked with his younger brother, actor Casey Affleck, on several projects, including Good Will Hunting and Gone Baby Gone. Affleck has been actively involved in politics and charitable causes. He and Matt Damon founded the production company Live Planet and last year added a new company, Pearl Street Films to their portfolio.

See full film report on Argo in this month’s Mosaic section.