Ben Affleck Wins DGA Award for Argo

I don’t know how many people really saw this coming, but in a way, it makes a lot of sense. Although it initially seemed like a bit of a long shot, after picking up a slew of awards over the past month, Argo has very quickly overtaken Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln as the film to beat at this year’s Academy Awards. The movie won Best Drama at the Golden Globes and then went on to pick up top prizes from the Screen Actors Guild, Producers Guild and now the Directors Guild. Under normal circumstances, Ben Affleck’s DGA win would make him a shoo-in to take Best Director at the Oscars, if only for one thing: he wasn’t even nominated. Still, he’s not letting that little oversight spoil his mood. Here’s what he had to say during his DGA acceptance speech yesterday:

“The four folks here who are nominated I consider my betters. There’s no other way of saying it. I work really hard at this… You know, I got to a point in my life where I was really down, really confused, really felt beset on all sides by life, didn’t know what was gonna happen. And I thought, I should be a director… I don’t think this makes me a real director. But I think it means I’m on my way.”

Good ol’ Affleck, keeping it real with a humble brag. This is only the third time in history that a director won the DGA award without being nominated for Best Director by the Academy. The other two were Steven Spielberg for The Color Purple and Ron Howard for Apollo 13. I feel like Apollo 13 is actually the perfect comparison, because people are giving more credit to the true story than the direction.

Either way, Argo is now very much the frontrunner for Best Picture at the Oscars, which is impressive considering that it is up against movies like Lincoln, Les Miserables and Zero Dark Thirty. On the other hand, Apollo 13 ended up losing Best Picture to Braveheart, so who knows, anything can happen! Will you be rooting for Argo at the Oscars this month? Check out the full list of DGA winners below.

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures
Ben Affleck — Argo

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary
Malik Bendjelloul — Searching for Sugar Man

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television and Mini-Series
Jay Roach — Game Change

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Series
Rian Johnson — BREAKING BAD (“Fifty-One”)

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy Series
Lena Dunham — GIRLS (“Pilot”)

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Daytime Serials
Jill Mitwell — ONE LIFE TO LIVE (“Between Heaven and Hell”)

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Musical Variety
Glenn Weiss — “The 66th Annual Tony Awards”

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Reality Programs
Brian Smith — MASTER CHEF (“Episode #305″)

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Children’s Programs
Paul Hoen — LET IT SHINE

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Commercials
Alejandro G. Inarritu (Anonymous Content)

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  • I think it should win because, while it may not be my personal favorite movie of the nominees, it celebrates the power of cinema and how it was harnessed to save lives.

  • MrHorse

    ^ ..oh ffs dude get real.

    this argo crap is starting to annoy me

  • Excellent counterpoint.

  • Austin in Japan

    Lol well played piggystardust.

  • patrik

    Argofuck yourself MrHorse. No, I’m just janking your chain here. I did like Argo, very much in fact but Quentin deserves the all the awards in my opinion. Has he ever won?

  • Mrespony

    I guess I need to see Argo.

  • MrHorse

    ye know, i felt someone needs to say it. ..your bad jokeries aside, argo gets too much praise, thassit

    fell free to come at me with arguments


  • The backlash has begun!

  • mark

    It comes as no surprise to me that Hollywood is throwing awards at Argo. One half of the movie is explicitly about the film industry. With a true story to back it up, memorable performances, humor, heart, action and suspense – not to mention a slew of pandering film references and jargon – it’s obvious to me why critics and filmmakers alike are extolling Argo. It may not be my favorite film of the year, but it definitely deserves the nominations if not the wins.

    Personally, I’m more upset about The Master being utterly ignored by the Academy; no nod for PTA or Jonny Greenwood (again!). What the heck’s with that?!

  • MrHorse

    ^you’re kinda right. nominate the hell out of it, but judge rightly when you pick

    master had great acting and cinematography, it was superior; films like these need encouragement, not void (as in pasee wishy-washy) ‘political dramas’.