In the run-up to this year’s Oscars nominations, the hype-machine was all about one man, Ben Affleck, and his guaranteed gong for Best Director.
The actor-turned-director was on his way to pulling off the most successful career make-over in recent Hollywood history. From cinematic joke to talented filmmaker, Affleck was about to silence ten years of critics with ‘Argo’. Then the red carpet was pulled from under his feet when he was omitted from the list of Best Director nominees.
Game over Affleck... or is it?
Actor/Director.... Affleck on the set of Argo (Credit: Rex)
Soon after the 10 January nominee announcement, rumours started appearing online that a nod wasn’t all that important to winning. There was a loophole in the voting system. A glitch in the Matrix.
The Hollywood Reporter uncovered a 1935 precedent from when Bette Davis failed to land a nomination for ‘Of Human Bondage’. Industry outcry led Academy votersRead More »from The Oscars voting loophole that means Ben Affleck could still win Best Director