The Oscar? Just luck. After all, in "Matt and Ben," the script for "Good Will Hunting" literally falls from the heavens.
Sunday night, he showed that you make your own luck. It was a topic he touched on a few weeks ago, when the film's ride to the top was just picking up steam.
"I just feel so incredibly honored to be nominated as a producer for this movie, to be here at the big party," he told reporters at the Oscar luncheon in early February. "I don't get into worrying too much about who got what and who didn't get what. I mean, I've had many, many, many, many, many, many years watching from home."
As he thanked the academy for the Best Picture prize, he graciously paid tribute to many people, from "Lincoln" director Steven Spielberg to the nation of Canada, which some observers believe got short shrift in "Argo." His words, perhaps, might inspire a little more humility on the part of people who raged on his behalf.
"You can't hold grudges. It's hard, but you can't hold grudges," he said, tearing up. "And it doesn't matter how you get knocked down in life, 'cause that's gonna happen. It matters how you get up."