Ben Affleck's feature film directorial debut has been given a boost - the movie has earned him a Breakthrough Director prize. The film, Gone Baby Gone, has been hit with controversy recently after it's U.K. cinema release was shelved because the plot is similar to the real-life abduction of British four-year-old Madeline MCCann. But Affleck is bouncing back from the unfortunate controversy after hearing he's be awarded the new director prize at the upcoming Hollywood Film Festival (22Oct07). Fellow Oscar winner Jennifer Connelly will also be handed an actress prize as part of the festival.