Even though Ben Affleck is not eligible to win best director in this year’s Oscar race, his 1979 Iranian-hostage movie “Argo” seems poised to win big at the 85th Annual Academy Awards, making it a viable contender against other season favorites: “Zero Dark Thirty,” “Lincoln,” and “Silver Linings Playbook.” So far, “Argo” has won two Golden Globes and this weekend won awards at two of the three major industry awards ceremonies, the Producers Guild Awards and the Screen Actor Guild Awards. The Directors Guild Awards takes place next week. Industry awards, along with the Golden Globes, are among the best predictors of the Oscar race.
Affleck, however, stayed modest. When asked about what the Oscar winners could be, Affleck said: “I don’t do handicapping or try to divine what’s going to happen down the road with movies.” The 85h Annual Academy Awards will take place on Feb. 24, 2013.
A complete list of winners at Sunday’s 19th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards:
Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis, “Lincoln”
Actress: Jennifer Lawrence, “Silver Linings Playbook”
Supporting actor: Tommy Lee Jones, “Lincoln”
Supporting actress: Anne Hathaway, “Les Miserables”
Stunt ensemble: “Skyfall”