Home Movies “Argo”: A Best Picture Without a Best Director or Best Actors?

Ben Affleck’s “Argo” won the SAG award for Best Ensemble tonight. It’s now set up to win the Oscar for Best Picture in a unique way–without a Best Director or any acting prizes. That be a first. Even though “Slumdog Millionaire” won without actors, its director–Danny Boyle–got the nod. And although movies do win Best Picture without their directors, the directors are at least nominated.

But this year, lacking the Directors Guild nominees for a cheat sheet, Academy members omitted three of the five Best Picture nominees’ directors– Kathryn Bigelow for “Zero Dark Thirty,” Ben Affleck for “Argo,” and Tom Hooper for “Les Miz.” They also left out Quentin Tarantino for “Django Unchained.” Only David O. Russell (“Silver Linings Playbook”) and Steven Spielberg (“Lincoln”) made sense. The other three–Ang Lee, Benh Zeitlin, and Michael Haneke don’t really correspond with the Best Picture nominations.

The SAG winners for acting were spread out among three films– Best Actor and Supporting Actor for Lincoln went to Daniel Day Lewis and Tommy Lee Jones. Jennifer Lawrence was Best Actress for Silver Linings, and Anne Hathaway was Best Supporting Actress for Les Miz.

So now what? Argo won SAG, the Producers Guild, the Critics Choice and the Golden Globe for Drama. Three weeks of Academy voting now commence. Voters will have to decide if this all makes sense, or not. The Oscar race isn’t over, but it’s certainly more interesting than ever.

PS Some questions from the SAG Awards– I did think Mary Tyler Moore was coming back to present to Dick Van Dyke. He did her the favor last year. She was missed. And where was Tommy Lee Jones? Ditto Joaquin Phoenix, although Daniel Day Lewis spoke so graciously about him.

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2 replies to this post
  1. Jones probably couldn’t take the pressure from his LAST outing … wasn’t Daniel Day’s speech gracious? I didn’t want to see Lincoln, but after his appearance, now I want to.
    And, Ben …. easy boy! ARGO will win!!!

  2. Alan Arkin is nominated for Best Supporting Actor for the Oscar, so Argo does have an acting nomination unlike Slumdog.

    Joaquin probably wasn’t there because he wasn’t nominated for a SAG award.

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