Ben Affleck‘s Argo completed its Cinderella rise to the top of the heap during awards season by claiming the Oscar for Best Picture at Sunday’s 85th Annual Academy Awards. When the nominations were announced on January 10th, the glaring omission of a Best Director nod for Affleck at first seemed to kill the film’s chances of winning Best Picture. After winning nearly every major award in the interim, Argo surged ahead from underdog to frontrunner and ultimately beat out conventional favorite, Lincoln. Argo‘s feat is particularly amazing in light of the fact that it is only the fourth film in Oscar’s 85-year history to take Best Picture without a nomination for Best Director. (The most recent was Driving Miss Daisy, 23 years ago.)
It was seen as one of the biggest snubs in recent Oscar memory when Ben Affleck did not receive a Best Director nomination for his rescue thriller, Argo. When neither he nor other favorites Kathryn Bigelow (Zero Dark Thirty) and Tom Hooper (Les Misérables) made the cut, it seemed to open the door wide for Steven Spielberg‘s Lincoln, which leads all films with 12 Academy Award nominations.
But then a funny thing happened on the way to the Oscars. Argo claimed Best Picture and Best Director at both the Broadcast Film Critics Awards and the Golden Globes, and suddenly many pundits began to agree that Argo‘s Best Picture chances might not be as slim as they once seemed.
Now, Argo has won Best Picture at the Producers Guild Awards, which have successfully predicted the Best Picture Oscar winner for the past five years. And though he may not take home the award for his direction, it looks like Affleck – an Oscar winner (with his friend, Matt Damon) for his screenplay for Good Will Hunting – may have a good shot at nabbing one as producer of Argo (a role he shares with Grant Heslov and George Clooney).
Can a film actually win Best Picture at the Oscars without even being nominated for Best Director? There is precedence: 1989‘s Driving Miss Daisy took home the honors despite the lack of a nod for director Bruce Beresford.
Argo is currently the eighth highest-ranked film of 2012 on Flickchart, and second among the Best Picture nominees. It sits behind only Quentin Tarantino‘s Django Unchained, which has climbed its way past The Avengers to the #2 spot for the year.
The 85th Academy Awards ceremony will be held on February 24.
With Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane hosting the 85th Annual Academy Awards, it would seem that anything might happen. Now, Mark Wahlberg – star of MacFarlane’s feature film debut, Ted – confirms that he and his co-star, the titular CGI teddy bear (voiced by MacFarlane himself), will appear during the Oscar telecast on February 24.
In an appearance on Anderson Cooper’s daytime talk show set to air Friday, Wahlberg also confirmed that deals are in works to bring about a sequel to Ted, which surpassed The Hangover to become the highest-grossing R-rated comedy of all time. While mentioning that he’s never done a sequel before, Wahlberg expressed his confidence in MacFarlane.
When asked by Cooper how Ted will be preparing for his big night at the Oscars, Wahlberg replied, “He can’t do it without [smoking a bong]. It’s mandatory.”
Here is a clip from Wahlberg’s appearance on Anderson Cooper Live:
Odds are this year, you’ve probably seen at least one Oscar nominee. Seven of the ten highest grossing films of 2010 have gained at least some nomination, and five of the ten best picture nominees have made over $100 million with two others teetering just under that mark. But with many of the nominees having excelled at the box office, there are plenty of other nominees that most haven’t even heard of that are pretty fantastic as well. So to prepare for this Sunday’s 83rd Academy Awards, here are the some of the under-ranked films nominated.