Can being snubbed by the Academy Awards be a good thing? It may just be the case with Ben Affleck's current award-winning film "Argo." The film has been regarded as one of the best films of the year, but entering the Oscar race, Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln" seemed to be unbeatable.
Then came the Oscar nominations and all of Hollywood was stunned that Ben Affleck did not get a nomination for Best Director. The buzz created by this snub seems to have given "Argo" more energy. The film won Best Picture at the Golden Globes last week and tonight, Jan. 16, 2013, "Argo" was also victorious at the Producers Guild Awards.
The guild awards are a great way to figure out how Academy members may vote for the coveted Oscars. And tonight's Producer Guild Awards, hint that "Argo" may have just overtaken the Oscar race from "Lincoln."
In the last five years, all of the winners of the Producers Guild Awards ("The Artist", "The King's Speech", "The Hurt Locker", "Slumdog Millionaire" and "No Country For All Men") have gone on to win the Best Picture Oscar at the Academy Awards. In the long run, Affleck may discern that the snub by the Academy may have just given "Argo" that extra push to win the big prize at the Academy Awards and indeed be a very good thing.
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-Kay Shackleton is a film historian with special focus on Silent Films, see her work at SilentHollywood.com