[dropcap]W[/dropcap]ith the surprising omission of Argo mastermind Ben Affleck from the nominees for the 2013 Best Director Oscar, this year’s awards promise a traditional slice of Hollywood controversy.
With the matter still causing a stir throughout Tinseltown, it would appear that the man himself has been taking it all in his stride: “I don’t get into worrying too much about who got what and who didn’t get what,” Affleck stated earlier this month.
After picking up best director gongs in other award ceremonies, including a memorable night at the BAFTAs, his absence from this particular list is all the more surprising; even more so with Argo in the running for no less than seven Academy Awards.
Mark Lijek, one of the men on whom the story is based, said: “I understand there is a lot of politics involved.” This is something the Oscars have become synonymous with, as any bad publicity can soon scupper your chances of winning. In Argo there is a line spoken by John Goodman that basically implies a monkey could be trained-up to be a film director. A sentiment some might agree with, but one that is bound to ruffle a few feathers to say the least.
There’s always a bright side though, as it looks as if Affleck won’t be the only director to miss out on a nomination this year. Quentin Tarantino, Tom Hooper and Kathryn Bigelow have also been given the cold shoulder, even though their respective pictures are, like Argo, in the running for Best Film.
If even that’s no comfort, then a quick glance at the history books tells you that directorial heavyweights Orson Welles, Alfred Hitchcock and Stanley Kubrick never even managed to land the coveted statuette once during their illustrious careers – how did that happen?
Despite the notable absence of a Best Director nomination, Argo is still up for seven gongs at this year’s awards, which will take place in Los Angeles this Sunday night/Monday morning UK time.