Argo is on a roll. Ben Affleck has been chosen the best director by the Directors Guild of America and Argo’s Oscar chances are looking unstoppable.

Feature: Ben Affleck, Argo
Documentary Feature: Malik Bendjelloul, Searching for Sugar Man
Animated Feature: Rich Moore, Wreck It Ralph

TV Miniseries: Jay Roach, Game Change
Drama Series: Rian Johnson, Breaking Bad
Comedy Series: Lena Dunham, Girls
Reality Series: Brian Smith, Master Chef

3 Responses to “DGA: Ben Affleck”

  1. Glad to see Affleck winning. I just saw it again on an airplane flight and the film’s entertainment value still holds up very well for me.

    Films winning Best Picture and having their nominated director losing has happened before [see: Crash, Chicago, Gladiator, etc.]. The only three times a film won BP without having their director nominated happened with Wings, Grand Hotel and Driving Miss Daisy.

  2. I like ARGO, but giving the DGA to Affleck over Spielberg, Bigelow, Lee and Hooper?

    He was the least of those five in this category in my opinion.

    But everyone knew this was the direction this vote was heading over the past weeks. That director’s branch snub is really resonating with many voters.

  3. Kudos to you, DGA, you’ve fallen in lock-step with everyone else once again.

    I can’t fault their selections for documentary and animated feature, as I think those are both solid choices overall. And I have a lot of respect for Lena Dunham’s work on Girls, but Louie CK really deserves this award for delivering one the most innovative and original TV series I’ve ever seen. Really disappointing to see him ignored for the one honor he should have been a shoe-in to receive.

    And while I’ve enjoyed Rian Johnson’s two outings on Breaking Bad, his work in 2012 didn’t even constitute the best or most original episodes of Breaking Bad’s fifth season. You’d have to suffer from rocks in your head to pick Johnson’s episode over veteran TV director Michelle MacLaren’s finale episode “Gliding Over All.” Or writer-turned-director’ George Mastras’s brilliant train heist in “Dead Freight,” which also happens to be his directing debut. Seriously, you’d have to be either blind or simply picking a winner based on name recognition alone, and this choice reeks of that sort of cynicism.

    So kudos DGA, kudos.

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