Ben Affleck just may become the most successful Oscar-snubbed filmmaker in history. Tonight, Feb. 2, 2013, Affleck was honored by his contemporaries at the Directors Guild of America and awarded the Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film Award for his film "Argo." Affleck won over the other nominated directors: Kathyrn Bigelow for "The Hurt Locker," Steven Spielberg for "Lincoln," Tom Hooper for "Les Miserables," and Ang Lee for "Life of Pi."
So far, Affleck has garnered the Best Director award at the Golden Globes, the Critics Choice Award and the cast of "Argo" just recently won the SAG Award for Best Ensemble Performance. Since 1948, only six directors have not gone on to win an Academy Award after winning the DGA Award. Now, Affleck will be the seventh director with this distinction, since he was not even nominated in the directing category by the Oscars. But it may not be all bad, as Affleck has a chance to win a golden statute for producing the film "Argo." Since Affleck's snub, "Argo" has won every award in its path.
The DGA Awards were hosted by Kelsey Grammer and the event took place at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland.
Other winners of the night are as follows:
Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Commercials: Alejandro G. Inarritu for "Best Job," Proctor and Gamble
Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Rian Johnson "Breaking Bad" - "Fifty-One," AMC
Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Reality Programs: Brian Smith for "Master Chef," episode #305, FOX
Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television or Mini-Series: Jay Roach for "Game Change," HBO
Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Musical Variety: Glenn Weiss for "66th Annual Tony Awards," CBS
Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Daytime Serials: Jill Mitwell for "One Life to Live" - "Between Heaven and Hell," ABC
Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Children's Programs: Paul Hoen for "Let is Shine," Disney Channel
Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary: Malik Bendjelloul for "Searching for Sugarman"
Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy Series: Lena Dunham for "Girls" - "Pilot," HBO
DGA Lifetime Achievement Awards: Milos Forman
Robert B. Aldrich Service Award: Michael Apted
Lifetime Achievement in News Direction: Eric Shapiro
Frank Capra Achievement Award: Susan Zwerman
Franklin J. Schaffner Achievement Award: Dency Nelson
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-Kay Shackleton is a film historian with special focus on Silent Films, see her work at SilentHollywood.com