Ben Affleck & 'Searching for Sugar Man' Win Directors Guild Awards
So history was made. Last night the Directors Guild Awards were held in Los Angeles, announcing the winner of their 65th Annual Awards. The DGA chose from nominees including Bigelow, Hooper, Lee and Spielberg (but not Tarantino or Zeitlin) to give the top honor to Ben Affleck, director of Argo. Damn! In addition to Affleck, they also chose Malik Bendjelloul's Searching for Sugar Man as Best Documentary, Jay Roach's Game Change as Best TV Movie, and Looper director Rian Johnson for his "Breaking Bad" episode. Affleck admitted: "I don't think this makes me a real director. But I think it means I'm on my way."
The other nominees for the 2013 Directors Guild Awards include: Kathryn Bigelow for Zero Dark Thirty, Tom Hooper for Les Misérables, Ang Lee for Life of Pi plus Steven Spielberg for Lincoln (all pictured).
The winners of the Directors Guild of America Outstanding Directorial Achievement Awards for 2012 were announced on Saturday, February 2nd, during the 65th Annual DGA Awards Dinner held at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland in Los Angeles. Ben Affleck won the DGA's Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for Argo. In addition to Affleck, filmmaker Malik Bendjelloul and his doc Searching for Sugar Man won the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary. You can see the full list of DGA winners (for television and commercials, too) on DGA.org.
From here, it's pretty much history for Argo. At least that's the way it seems. Last year's big winner at the Directors Guild Awards was, indeed, Michel Hazanavicius of The Artist, which went on to win big at the Oscars. If only Ben Affleck had actually been nominated for the Best Director Oscar... Now that's the weird part. How did a committee of his most esteemed peers just give the most coveted win they could to an actor-turned-director, yet his peers couldn't even get him a nomination at the 85th Academy Awards? Seems odd. But that's the way it is. At least he's winning the rest of the awards. Bravo, Mr. Affleck. What do you think?