17 February 2013 1:12 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Indiewire will provide regular updates of our predictions for the 85th Academy Awards through February 24th, when the winners are announced. Remember a month ago when it seemed like this category was "Lincoln"'s to lose, with "Life of Pi" and "Silver Linings Playbook" it's closest challengers? It seemed only reasonable, since they had both best picture and best director nominations (which as you've probaby heard 1,000 times in the past month -- only 3 films have ever won best picture without best director, the last being "Driving Miss Daisy"). But then the Golden Globes, SAGs, DGAs, PGAs and BAFTA Awards all helped drive Mr. Affleck from underdog to absolute frontrunner as the wild, wild ride to a frontrunner in this category has finally landed on "Argo."  Which will now have the underwhelming legacy of being used as an example alongside "Driving Miss Daisy" when Oscar nerds try and make prediction »


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