Although it’s not too unusual for the winner of the Best Picture Oscar not to also pick up the Best Director gong, it’s very rare for the winner of the biggest prize not to even get a nomination for its helmer. However that’s what happened with Argo, marking the first time it’s occurred since Driving Miss Daisy in 1989. (Incidentally it’s also now tied with Gigi as the Best Picture winner with the shortest title).
It was a real oversight on the part of the Academy, because it’s not like Ben Affleck’s direction is irrelevant to the movie’s success. Indeed it’s him probably more than anyone else who makes the film work. [Read more…]