Ben Affleck is one of Hollywood's most successful stars, and he has won multiple awards for his work as an actor, director, writer, and producer, but the 42-year-old's latest honour may take him a while getting used to.

Ben Affleck
Affleck was awarded the Favourite Humanitarian Award at the 2015 People's Choice Awards 

While accepting the Favourite Humanitarian Award at the 2015 People's Choice Awards on Wednesday (Jan 7th), Affleck said, "I've been called a lot of things in my life, but I'm not sure that 'humanitarian,' until recently, has been one of them."

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If anyone else is also trying to figure out why the 'Ago' director received this recognition, his good friend and 'Batman v Superman' co-star Amy Adams was on hand to explain that he is a worthy winner, especially because of his work for the Eastern Congo Initiative (ECI), which he founded in 2010.

"The same qualities that make my friend Ben Affleck a phenomenal actor, director and writer are also what make him an extraordinary humanitarian," said an emotional Adams. "He puts his heart and soul into everything he does. When Ben heard about the crisis in the eastern Congo - where over five million people have died due to violence and disease - he didn't just write a check."

She continued, "He dove in head-first, completely immersing himself in the problems, meeting with the Congolese leaders and ex-warlords, child soldiers and refugees to comprehend everything he could about the issues that plagued the area."

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Adams, who also called Affleck's efforts with the ECI "game changing," also told the audience, "It's making it possible for kids to go to school, helping businesses flourish and giving millions of abuse victims a voice to finally be heard, all thanks to Ben. In his words, this is a country of survivors. Helping them survive and thrive is his legacy."

Amy Adams
Amy Adams emotionally presented Affleck with the award

The ECI is a grant-making initiative that strives to improve the lives of the Congolese people by providing aid and raising funds for the poverty-stricken nation.

"It's important for me to try my hand at philanthropy because I want to leave behind a record of someone who did more than just gobble up stuff for himself," Affleck shared during the night. "I realize a life lived just for yourself is not much of a life."