Last night, the Directors Guild of America handed out their Best Director award to Ben Affleck for Argo. That film has been on a role of late, winning at the Golden Globes, Screen Actors Guild and Producers Guild of America. It seems it is rolling right on to the Academy Awards and Best Picture. If it wins there, it would be only the fourth film in history to win Best Picture without having a Best Director nomination -- the others beings Wings (1929), Grand Hotel (1932) & Driving Miss Daisy (1990). Affleck is only the third director to win the DGA without having a corresponding Best Director nomination at the Academy Awards -- the others being Steven Spielberg in 1985 for The Color Purple and Ron Howard in 1995 for Apollo 13.
It will be very interesting to see who wins the Best Director Oscar, being that three of the DGA nominees -- Ben Affleck (Argo), Kathryn Bigelow (Zero Dark Thirty) & Tom Hooper (Les Miserables) -- were not nominated for the Academy Award. I guess the odds on bet would be Steven Spielberg for Lincoln, but I believe there is going to be a surprise. I think Michael Haneke is going to pull off the upset for his heartbreaking Amour and if it is not him, I'm going with David O. Russell for Silver Linings Playbook. Any which way you look at it, it is going to be interesting and possibly exciting. With all due respect, it should be Kathryn Bigelow or Wes Anderson for Moonrise Kingdom, but that is not going to happen. Congrats to Ben Affleck!