LOS ANGELES (AP) — Hollywood's strange awards season continues this weekend
with another ceremony that could firm up a big Oscar win for Ben Affleck's
The Directors Guild of America hands out prizes Saturday night in Los Angeles
in what typically is a final blessing for the film that goes on to win
best-picture and director at the Academy Awards.
But here's the rub: Affleck is up for best direction of a feature film at the
Directors Guild awards, and "Argo" is looking like the best-picture favorite at
the Oscars on Feb. 24. But the director's branch of the Academy of Motion
Picture Arts and Sciences overlooked Affleck and several other key filmmakers
for an Oscar directing slot.
The guild and Oscar directing lineups usually match up closely, but they have
little in common this season.