Ben Affleck, director of “Argo,” has won a few awards for his work. His “Best Director” trophies include most recently the “British Academy Film and Television Arts Award”. He recently won the “Director’s Guild of America”, the “Screen Actors Guild”, the “Golden Globe”, and the “Critic’s Choice”.
The “big” awards show is a week from tonight, the “Academy Awards”. Affleck can’t win this one. You say why? He wasn’t nominated.
The movie is based on the true story nicknamed the “Canadian Caper”, in which Tony Mendez, (portrayed by Affleck), a CIA operative led the rescue of six U.S. diplomats from Tehran, Iran, during the 1979 Iran hostage crisis.
Argo received seven nominations at the 85th Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay (Chris Terrio) and Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Alan Arkin). What it did not receive was a nomination for Best Director.
Affleck has been magnanimous in his praise of the cast and crew, and has displayed no irritation over the Oscar snub. Quite the opposite. Regarding the SAG award, he had this to say.
When he learned he was nominated for two SAG awards: “People told me over and over again that movies that take place in the Middle East don’t work.”
After he won for Best Director: “Thanks very much. As a SAG member, it’s really special for me to have the whole cast honored. We have more than 100 speaking parts in several languages, and everybody brought something really special. It felt like this true story had a lot of resonance, so it was just wonderful to see. We had a couple thousand extras, and I felt like they were part of the ensemble, and they really added to it with their performance at the protest scenes and others. It’s really exciting. I love actors.”
I’m sure he’ll be in attendance on Sunday night. He’ll be there for the actors, writers, and other members of the film’s creation. He won’t be on stage when the award for Best Director is handed out.
Columnist-The Guardian Express