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When the Oscar race first began in December, conventional wisdom had it that Best Picture would go to either Lincoln or Zero Dark Thirty. Thanks for playing, everyone else! One movie that was considered to have little to no chance at victory was Argo, especially after Ben Affleck didn’t get a directing nomination. But as awards season has swanned along, Argo has showed surprising momentum, winning Golden Globes for Best Drama and Director, the SAG award for Best Ensemble, the DGA award for Best Director, and the Producers Guild award for Best Picture. We just checked in with top executives at major studios and Oscar consultants, and they said they were ready to call the Best Picture contest over, with Argo as the projected winner. How did this movie sneak its way to front-runner status? There are seven reasons.1. Hollywood finds itself fascinating.“I thought it was always going »

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