Whether in front of the camera or behind it, filmmakers like Ben Affleck, Ben Stiller, George Clooney, and Clint Eastwood have proved to be MVPs
Gone Baby Gone (2007)
Affleck already had Oscar gold for writing 1998's Good Will Hunting with Matt Damon, but his decision to co-write and helm this Beantown noir proved he wasn't a one-hit wonder behind the scenes.
The Town (2010)
After staying behind the camera for Gone Baby Gone, Affleck was a practical one-man band, writing, directing, and starring in another Boston-set action drama. With Amy Ryan's Academy Award nomination for Gone and Jeremy Renner's nod, it seems Affleck two-sided perspective certainly hasn't hurt his actors' performances.
Generating early Oscar buzz since hitting the festival circuit, Affleck's movie about a (fake) movie could net him a Best Director nomination come 2013, cementing him as a serious Hollywood power player. Lanford Beard
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