The Palm Springs Film Festival kicked off a crush of awards-season events this week including the Oscar nominations and the Golden Globes. 'Argo' director Ben Affleck said he embraces the season's hobnobbing. "For me, these events are especially exciting because I don't hang around with a bunch of different movie stars and directors and actors in L.A. So it's really special for me to get to talk to Helen Hunt, or Helen Mirren. Anyone named Helen, really," he joked.