(NEW YORK) — Argo director Ben Affleck has collected many awards this season, including an Oscar statuette for best picture of the year, but his young daughter wasn’t to be outdone. She won her own trophy Sunday — for spelling.
Affleck told ABC News his daughter Violet told him, “You know, I want to do a spelling bee.”
The actor-turned-director took his 7-year-old daughter, Violet, to a spelling competition in their Los Angeles neighborhood just hours before the Oscars were to start.
“We found this place at a rec center at a park and we took her down there and she did it and she was into it and really studied and won a trophy,” said Affleck in an interview on Good Morning America after the awards.
Affleck’s wife, actress Jennifer Garner, told E! that she was getting ready for the Oscars and wasn’t able to take her daughter to the competition.
“It was mayhem at our house…I was in hair and makeup so I couldn’t take her, so Ben took her in the middle of everything,” she told E!, adding that Violet won. “Our family has already had a great day, so congratulations to our sweetie. And then she had a basketball game. Life goes on. No one really cares! It’s just all about trying to keep the dogs and kids from getting stuff on the stuff.”
In addition to Violet, Garner and Affleck have another daughter, Seraphina, and a son, Samuel.
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