was the bookies favorite to take the Best Director award at the Oscars in the run-up to the nominations being announced, whilst Argo itself was fancied for a Best Picture nod too.
Though Argo did indeed make the cut as one of nine films to compete for the main prize next month on February 24, his name was missing from the director list, overlooked for the likes of , , , , and .
Well, according to the LA Times, Affleck isn't bothered. In fact, he said not receiving an Oscar nomination for director has been "freeing," giving him the chance to focus fully on the prospects for the movie itself and its many nominees, which include actor and writer :
Of course, it was disappointing at first... But I'm over it. And I'm happy to still be out here talking about the movie. I'm having fun... Except for watching those 'Pearl Harbor' clips again. I wasn't expecting quite so much of that, especially at an awards show.
Nicely handled, Ben. But you know he had to be livid at the snub. I would be. How long does he have to pay for getting the 'hot girl?' I have never understood why the Bennifer years ruined his career for so long. Affleck will surely get another opportunity to win an Oscar. I am just annoyed he was not acknowledged this time around, especially because he's been doing such good work.
Do you think he deserved a Best Director nomination for Argo?