The Academy Award (Oscar) nominations were announced Thursday Jan. 10, 2013 at 5:38 a.m. Seth MacFarland will serve as master of ceremonies Sunday Feb. 24, 2013 live on ABC. He made the announcement of the Oscar nominees along with actress Emma Stone. Actor-turned-director Ben Affleck was completely shut out as a nominee for ‘best director’ with his critically acclaimed film “Argo.” The 5 director Oscar nominees for movies made in 2012 are right here - Michael Haneke for “Amour” - Benh Zeitlin for “Beasts of the Southern Wild” - Ang Lee for “Life of Pi” - Steven Spielberg for “Lincoln” - David O. Russell for “Silver Linings Playbook.”
“Argo” was however nominated in 7 other categories & they include - Best Picture - Best Supporting Actor - Film Editing - Original (Music) Score - Sound Editing - Sound Mixing - Adapted Screenplay.
The ‘Critics’ Choice Awards’ were held Thursday Jan. 10, 2013 on CBS. Ben Affleck took home the prize as ‘best director’ for “Argo.” He is also a first time director nominee from the Directors Guild Awards (DGA) this year. According to the website of ‘Box Office Mojo’ that tracks movie grosses. The “Argo” hostage movie total is right here - “Domestic total: $110,313,486 - Foreign total: $56,000,000 - Worldwide total: $166,313,486. ”
According to the Internet movie database (IMDB) here is the synopsis for three of Ben Affleck’s movies in which he served as director.
ARGO -- “A dramatization of the 1980 - joint CIA-Canadian secret operation to extract six fugitive American diplomatic personnel out of revolutionary Iran.”
THE TOWN -- “As he plans his next job - a longtime thief tries to balance his feelings for a bank manager connected to one of his earlier heists - as well as the FBI agent looking to bring him and his crew down.”
GONE BABY GONE -- “Two Boston area detectives investigate a little girl's kidnapping - which ultimately turns into a crisis both professionally and personally. Story is based on the ‘Dennis Lehane’ novel. “