By James Hirsen
When it comes to Academy Award predictions, the current season has been suffering from a bout of Oscar confusion. "Argo" has received seven Oscar nominations from the Academy, including a best picture nom. The same prestigious organization has snubbed Ben Affleck in the director’s category.
The Directors Guild of America (DGA) has given Affleck a director’s nomination but has skipped over “Silver Linings Playbook” director David O. Russell. However, the Academy did give Russell an Oscar nomination. Kathryn Bigelow was ignored by the Academy for “Zero Dark Thirty” and yet the film was honored with a best picture nomination. As a general rule movies are unlikely to win best picture Oscars when their corresponding directors fail to garner nominations.
With the Academy having given "Lincoln" twelve nominations, the film up until recently had been viewed as the frontrunner for the best picture award. However, things have changed to a great extent in the Oscar race, partly as a result of events that took place on Sunday night at the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards, a pre-Oscar awards show in which members of the actors union honor their peers and profession in a ceremony, which is closely watched by Hollywood filmmakers, studios, and production companies. [more...]