Watching the Academy Award nominations being announced “live” at 8:38 am (Eastern time)—I listened with disbelief when the name, Ben Affleck, wasn’t read for Best Director. Whatever you may think of Affleck as an actor, he’s done some fine directing work—and his non-nomination for the film, “Argo”, was the talk of Hollywood. Bradley Cooper, nominated for a Best Actor award for “Silver Linings Playbook,” said this, “Ben Affleck got robbed.”
Affleck did a credible job re-creating the period in 1979, when U.S. Embassy employees were taken hostage in Tehran during the Iranian revolution. Six of them managed to escape, taking shelter in the Canadian embassy, and the CIA plan to get them out is the subject of “Argo”—based on declassified government information.
Affleck, of course, wasn’t the only snub. Quentin Tarantino didn’t get nominated for Best Director—and neither did Kathryn Bigelow—although their respective movies, “Django Unchained” and “Zero Dark Thirty”, did get recognized.
If you watch the attached piece from our 5 pm PIX 11 News, you will get this movie fan’s take on the snubs and the surprises.