The couple was noticeably absent when Ben's named was called for his nomination.
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Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck
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After two years of dreadful virtual awards shows, the stars all showed up for an exciting night of in-person festivities at the 28th SAG Awards. From Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper to the entire Squid Games cast, all of our favorite celebs were in attendance — well, almost all. One couple who was noticeably absent from the evening was none other than Bennifer (Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez).

Despite his nomination in the Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role category for his part in The Tender Bar, the actor was not in the audience when his name was read. The SAG ultimately went to Coda's Troy Kotsur, who made history as the first deaf male actor to win a solo SAG Award.

Also missing was Ben's very famous girlfriend Jennifer Lopez. But their reason for skipping the prestigious ceremony is actually super sweet. The actor sat out from the SAG Awards for his son Samuel's birthday party. The child, whom Ben shares with his ex-wife Jennifer Garner along with their daughters Violet and Seraphina, celebrated his 10th birthday on Sunday. J.Lo was also probably presumably at the gathering.

A source recently told Entertainment Tonight that the couple is very respectful of each other's families. "They really trust each other and that is so important to both," the insider explained to the publication. "They also have so much in common in terms of their careers, and both have kids with ex partners, so they both get the dynamics of each other's lives and families."

"Ben's kids really like Jen, and her kids love Ben," they added. "He is incredible around them and makes them all laugh. He goes with the flow. Their kids like each other too, which they are both so grateful for and happy about, because they know that sometimes that can be tough."