Affleck, who was a guest on Tuesday’s episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live! to promote his new film, A Ghost Story (out July 7), said he forgot to thank his two kids in his acceptance speech.
“I immediately realized I hadn’t done that,” Affleck said. “And that was a shame.”
The actor has two sons, 12 year-old Indiana and 9-year-old Atticus. Affleck said winning the Oscar was a “terrifying experience,” and that he has not watched his speech and has no idea what he said. But he knows what he didn’t say. Immediately after leaving the stage, Affleck said he rushed to call his sons.
“I said, ‘I won…but I didn’t mention you, even though you are the most important thing in my life and I love you more than anything and I would trade a thousand Oscars for you guys,” Affleck said.
The Cambridge native felt so guilty about omitting his sons in his speech that he said he gave them his Oscar trophy when he got home.
“A few weeks later — this is true — I went into one of their rooms and I saw it actually in the corner with, like, a wet towel over it and clothes and stuff,” he said. “And I’m like, ‘You know what? I’m going to hang onto it, guys.'”