Could Ben Affleck Win The Oscar For Best Director- Without Being Nominated?
The Best Director category in this year’s Oscar nominations is crazy. No Kathryn Bigelow? No Tarantino? But a movement is brewing to get Argo director Ben Affleck his gold statuette, by any means necessary.
Four directors whose films were nominated for Best Picture were not nominated in their own category. Of course, with nine Best Picture nominees and only five for Best Director, that was bound to happen- and yes, the other five Best Picture nominees all saw their directors get nominations.
Apparently, discontent over the nominations has crystallized around Affleck, especially after he took home both Best Director and Best Picture Drama at the Golden Globes. Now, some are urging the Academy to change their voting rules to allow write-ins– which have been banned since the 1930′s.
The Hollywood Reporter explains the practice’s history in Academy voting:
There is a precedent: When Bette Davis failed to land a nomination as best actress for Of Human Bondage (1934), the outcry led to a write-in. (In the final tally, at a time when the Academy made the votes public, she finished third.) The following year, cinematographer Hal Mohr became the first and only person to win an Oscar via write-ins when he was honored for A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1935).
So Affleck still has a shot. It’s a long shot- but so was getting those hostages out of Tehran, am I right?!
Of course, it should go to Bigelow. Just sayin’.