Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner

Ben Affleck had viewers cringing when he accepted his Best Film Oscar for Argo back in February. 

The clearly emotional actor fought back tears as he called his eight year marriage to Jennifer Garner ‘work’.  Oops.

However, easy-going Jen has defended the speech, saying: ‘I knew he meant it as the hugest, warmest compliment in the world’.

Ben, 40, stunned the A-list audience when he looked to his wife and said: ‘I want to thank you for working on our marriage for ten Christmases. It’s good. It is work, but the best kind of work and there’s no one I’d rather work with.’

Now proud Jen, 40, has silenced the critics.

‘I know Ben. I think he was saying, ‘Look, what we have is really real and I value it above all and I’m in it with you and I know you are in it with me.’ That’s the way I took it.’

Just when we thought we couldn’t love these two any more!