"Argo" has achieved a rare -- if dubious -- distinction. This Best Picture at the 85th Academy Awards is only the fourth film in Oscar history to win without its director even getting a nomination.
When Ben Affleck, the director and star of "Argo," failed to get a Best Director nomination, many were shocked. He was widely believed to be a favorite to win, and subsequent victories at the Golden Globes and Directors Guild Awards proved that others regarded his work with great esteem. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, however, paid no attention.
This snub makes it all the more unusual that "Argo" won the Best Picture Award. How unusual? Well, since the Oscars were first awarded in 1928, only three other films -- "Wings" (1928), "Grand Hotel" (1931) and "Driving Miss Daisy" (1989) -- have won Best Picture without a Best Director nomination. Now, Ben Affleck joins directors William A. Wellman, »
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