Many arts and movie fans were shocked that The Academy of Arts and Sciences neglected to honor Ben Affleck with a best director nomination at The 2013 Academy Awards. Well last night Affleck turned The Golden Globes on its ear by garnering the best director and best picture for a drama at The Golden Globes.
"The Globes voters delivered a considerable snub when they bypassed “Lincoln,” an awards season favorite, in the best drama category, and the filmmaker behind it, Steven Spielberg, in the directing category," added The New York Times.
"Ben Affleck, who directed “Argo,” won that one, too, though only three days earlier he had been left off the list of Oscar-nominated directors, while Mr. Spielberg made the cut," added the report.
"When Mr. Affleck won the directing prize late in the show, guests leapt from their seats and gave him perhaps the warmest reception of any winner to that point. And in the banquet room, the buzz around “Argo” was loud — and reminiscent of the outpouring for Jeff Bridges, when a powerful reception at the Golden Globes in 2010 was a prelude to his winning the best actor Oscar for “Crazy Heart,” according to The Times.
“Lincoln,” a seeming awards-season front-runner, had still won nothing at that point, nor had “Zero Dark Thirty,” another top contender, adds the report.
"But Daniel Day-Lewis filled the first gap when he won, very much as expected, as best actor for his portrayal of Abraham Lincoln. He soothed Mr. Spielberg with a tribute, calling him “a humble master, with a quicksilver imagination,” according to The Times
Jessica Chastain then covered the base for “Zero Dark Thirty” when she was named best actress in a motion-picture drama, another expected award, as the show neared its end."Ms. Chastain did not confront the controversy around the film, but chose instead to honor Ms. Bigelow, its director, as a champion of women," according to the report. “You’ve done more for women in cinema than you take credit for,” she said at The Golden Globes.
'Les Miserables' also comes home with gold
"Ultimately, the press association remained true to form, giving something to almost every film among the major contenders, and a little extra to one or two. Hugh Jackman joined Anne Hathaway, for instance, in winning for their performances in “Les Misérables,” which was also named best picture in the musical or comedy category," adds The Times. I for one could not be happier to see 'Les Miz' score big.
My opinion: The upset of 'Argo' over 'Lincoln' may create some excitement as The Academy Awards looms. However, I feel the huge epics 'Lincoln' and 'Les Miserables' are still films to watch come Oscar night. 'Zero Dark Thirty,' a late release, also might recreate best actress in a leading role excitement for Jessica Chastain on Oscar night. Staten Island arts fans, I will tune in on Oscar night for more on this developing story.