Ben Affleck won’t be getting an Oscar for directing “Argo,” but he might not have enough room on his shelf for it anyway.
Famously overlooked in the best director race in the upcoming 85th Academy Awards, the actor-filmmaker has been racking up numerous other honors for it. Now, add the BAFTA to that list, since Affleck was named best director at the British film industry’s yearly honors Sunday (Feb. 10).
He had even more reason to celebrate at the event. As a producer of “Argo,” along with George Clooney and Grant Heslov, he also got to accept the BAFTA for best film when it was won by his true drama about the rescue of several American Embassy workers from Iran during the 1979 hostage crisis. William Goldenberg won an additional “Argo” BAFTA for editing the movie.
Gracious and often amusing about his omission from the Oscar directing contest throughout his wins during the film-award season, Affleck has many other kudos as “Argo” director to comfort himself with.
Consider, in addition to his latest one: the Golden Globe Award; the New York Film Critics Circle Award; the Chicago Film Critics Association Award; the San Diego Film Critics Society Award; the Broadcast Film Critics Association Award; and the Online Film Critics Society Award. And that’s not all of them.
With its home-video debut set for Tuesday, Feb. 19, “Argo” goes into the Oscars — which ABC broadcasts Sunday, Feb. 24 — with seven nominations including best picture, and there’s an ever-increasing sentiment that Affleck’s other wins for it are shoring up its chances to take the top Academy Award. Of course, he already has an Oscar, for co-writing “Good Will Hunting” with co-star and close friend Matt Damon.
Whether he claims another as an “Argo” producer, time will tell. For the moment, Aflleck has plenty of new hardware to keep him happy as a director … thanks in part now to merry old England.