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Ben Affleck won yet another award for Argo, possibly strengthening its chances at winning Best Picture at the Oscars, even though Affleck wasn’t nominated for Best Director.
Affleck won the Director’s Guild of America award for Argo, beating out past DGA winners Steven Spielberg (Lincoln), Ang Lee (Life of Pi), Tom Hooper (Les Miserables) and Kathryn Bigelow (Zero Dark Thirty).
“I have to just thank my wife for being the best person in the world. I love you,” he said when picking up the award, reports AceShowBiz. “I don't need to look at the teleprompter to know why I want to thank you. I want to thank you because I love you...I don't think that this makes me a real director, but I think it means I'm on my way.”
“I'm thrilled and honored that the academy nominated me as a producer of the movie. I know our movie, we're a little bit underdog and a little bit the little engine that could, and you take me out of it maybe helps,” he said at the DGAs backstage. “It's just about that picture. I feel like it's OK, I'm really lucky, I'm in a good place.”
Affleck’s film won Best Director and Best Picture (Drama) at the Golden Globes, then won Best Ensemble at the Screen Actor’s Guild Awards. It also won the top prize from the Producers Guild, making it one of the rare films to sweep all three major guild awards. Even though the film was nominated for a Best Picture Oscar, many feel Affleck was snubbed in the Best Director category.
The three guild wins only strengthen Argo’s chances of being just the second movie in the past 80 years to win Best Picture without a Best Director nod. The Hollywood Reporter notes that every film that has won all the awards, has went on to win Best Picture. However, Ron Howard’s 1995 film Apollo 13 did win all three guild awards, but didn’t win Best Picture. Howard was also not nominated for an Oscar.
Still, the race isn’t completely over yet. Lincoln does have 12 nominations and Academy voters have two weeks to put in their ballots.
The Oscars are on Feb. 24, live on ABC.