Ben Affleck won at the Directors Guild Awards: is ‘Argo’ a lock for Best Picture?

Ben Affleck continued his winning streak last night with a victory at the Directors Guild of America Awards. The DGA nominees included a list of people who should have been recognized with Oscar nominations – not only Affleck, but Kathryn Bigelow and Tom Hooper. Anyway, Affleck won Best Director which means that Argo will probably win Best Picture at the Oscars in all likelihood, and that still means Ben gets a trophy I think. Not just Ben, but George Clooney too? So, that’s nice. Meanwhile, I have no clue who will win Best Director at the Oscars. At all. I guess Steven Spielberg for Lincoln? Maybe Ang Lee? When Ben won, he said “I don’t this makes me a real director, but I think it means I’m on my way.” Blah, fake humble, etc. You can read some of the DGA coverage here – I’m kind of “over” feeling sorry for him for being snubbed.

More photos from the event – Jennifer Garner came out to support Ben. Her dress is Antonio Berardi. Pretty. The shift-dress cut suits her – she needs strong, simple lines.

ANNIE in Valentino. Pretty, but I guess she doesn’t look pregnant here at all.

Mmm… Hugh Jackman. God, Hugh and Ben are really giving us some “bromance” vibes. And they look alike. Who would you rather?

Lena Dunham in Thakoon. Meh. It looks like a wrinkled prom dress.

Quvenzhane Wallis is adorable. I love her.

Photos courtesy of WENN.

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  1. says:

    Jennifer’s dress looks great. But her shoes have got to be the most boring shoes ever. She could have gone with something more interesting since her dress is white/cream.

    • Lana says:

      Obviously, Ben prefers to keep his accessories simple.

    • valleymiss says:

      I like that your username matches the theme of your post. ;-) And I totally agree. She could have chosen a bright red shoe and bag, or purple, or emerald green, etc…

    • Chelsea's handler says:

      It frustrates me when the press talk about the best dressed men at award ceremonies because THEY ALL JUST WEAR FREAKING SUITS! It’s time tuxedos and suits were banned from award ceremonies. It’d force the guys to put as much thought into their outfits as the women do.

  2. Cherry says:


    • KellyinSeattle says:

      Agreed! Ben Affleck will not be going away anytime soon; not until he becomes a senator or something, and then he’ll really be annoying. He’s already kind of campaigning, what with his wife, family, and good guy image lately. I’d rather do Hugh; he doesn’t seem so smug as Ben

    • Lou says:

      Why would they have to be clean shaven just coz they’re wearing tuxes? Beards are cool.

      I like a man who can cultivate a nice beard. Not a hobo beard, a nice beard. Hugh and Ben both look good!

    • Zvonk says:

      How about you stop with the “shave” comments instead. There are plenty of people who like men with beards. And these two happen to pull off the look very well in my opinion.

    • Addison says:

      And, maybe they need that look for a role. Sometimes actors can’t choose their look. I’m not saying that is the case here.

      I prefer clean shaven men but, let them do what they want to do. I have a bigger problem with horrible tatoos ruining a dress.

  3. thinkaboutit says:

    Hugh by a landslide…even if he’s gay (I don’t believe it). Affleck needs to lay off the botox for a while — he looks completely plastic.

  4. Eden says:

    We have to chose? Damn…I opt for both!

  5. Aud says:

    The Oscars are just BS. How can it be that a film wins two awards: SAG and Director’s Guild and (depending on where it’s written) be snubbed for Oscars?
    Wasn’t Argo snubbed for best director?

    • Jayna says:

      Good for Ben. I really enjoy the movies he directs. That says a lot, winning this award from his peers, directors. Even if he didn’t win as best director, it was really a big egg on your face not to have him in at least the nominations for an Oscar as best director.

    • i'm french don't kill me says:

      Argo doesn’t deserve all this love:it’s a good flick but Affleck doesn’t deserve to be nod
      Bigelow or Tarantino are more snubbed

      • flor says:

        The fact that Bigelow wasn’t nominated truly shows that Hollywood is all about politics. Silver Linings was a cute movie but Oscar friendly? Please. The Master getting snubbed in pretty much everything that is not acting is a travesty. PTA is the best working director nowadays and will be truly legendary like Scorsese.

      • jen d. says:

        I know! Argo for best picture? Really? It was good, but I don’t know why everyone thinks it’s that good….

    • LAK says:

      The 3 bodies you mentioned are looking for different things to nominate.

      In the past, the Oscars announced weeks or months AFTER the other two, and since the same people are nominating, it would influence what eventually came up for nomination at the Oscars based upon choices favoured by the other two meaning the same people came up over and over.

      This year, the Oscars announced almost at the same time as the other 3 and subsequently, more surprising by the same people. e.g. in the Best Actress category: Quvenzhané Wallis and Emmanuelle Riva. Both overlooked by the other two.

      Best Film Category: AMOUR and BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD also ignored by the other shows.

      • Liz says:

        I think I read Quevenzhane Wallis was not nominated for a SAG award because she was not a member. She was unbelievably good in Beasts, as was the Dwight Henry who played her father.

  6. elceibeno08 says:

    Jack and Ben look hot! What a pair of hunks. The fabric on Ann’s dress would make a wonderful sofa and window treatments.

  7. PHD Gossip says:

    Sure Anne looks pregnant. Superfugly dress.

  8. Lolitalola says:

    Am I the only thinking that Ben Affleck and Hugh Jackman look like brothers on this picture ?

  9. j.eyre says:


    I like Jen’s dress on her very much. I actually kind of like Lena’s dress too (sans wrinkles).

    Is Anne’s dress beaded? I’ll bet that was gorgeous under the lights and in motion.

    • Miss Kiki says:

      Oi, where have you been hiding?

      Jackman for the win.

    • T.Fanty says:

      I second Miss Jane, and also Miss Kiki. It’s been a slow week for my favourite Celebitchy ladies.

      I’m still on the HJ bandwagon, but the matching beards are a little disconcerting.

  10. T.C. says:

    Ben and Hugh Jackman look like twins. Well congrats to him since he has been campaigning his ass off all season. All those pap shots of the dimple parade.

    Jennifer looks perfect in that White dress. AnnE Hathaway sorry you are not 9 years old like Quevenzhane Wallis who looks adorable in her age appropriate dress. How cute is her doggie purse! Lena Dunham looks a million times better than at the Globes.

  11. Aiobhan says:

    Hugh would be the only choice between those two.

    Ben’s chances are looking better now that he has won a DGA. I though Argo was pretty average compared to films in the same genre and in the BP line up but as long as it beats SLP I will be a happy woman.

  12. cs says:

    I think Ben has become better looking with age. During his his GOOP/JLO years I thought he was OK (nothing special). He had a frat boy look with GOOP and that GQ wannabe with JLO. Hugh Jackson does nothing for me. Although he does have a great body.

  13. Miss Kiki says:

    Hugh, Hugh, Hugh.

    I actually like AnnE’s dress but it doesn’t make her any less annoying.

    Jen’s dress looks really good. That is an excellent cut on her.

  14. Ms Kay says:

    Oscars aren’t that reliable anymore, I mean everyone was expecting Brokeback Mountain to win and bam! Crash got the statuette… Eh.

    Anyway I’d pick Wolverine over Daredevil anytime…

    • Jayna says:

      I forgot about that. Both were great movies, but Brokeback Mountain was just fantastic. I have seen it three times and loved it every time. I was so blown away by the acting. Heath blew me away. Jake’s part was smaller and not as showy. Yet when I watched it a second time, knowing the ending, his character broke my heart. His naive dream of two cowboys living together on a ranch happily ever after and his ending. Great movie.

      Ang Lee is a tremendous director. I haven’t seen it, but I have heard his new movie out, Life of Pi, is amazing.

      • flor says:

        HEATH! he was so great in BBM, such a pity he went so young!
        I actually think Silver Linings will end up winning best picture and everyone will want to kill themselves.

      • Ms Kay says:

        @ jayna wholeheartedly agree.

        @ flor I don’t get the overhype around SLP and when De Niro got nominated I was like wtf really? He did a better job as Ben Stiller in law!

        Anyway them Oscars eh…

    • LAK says:

      I’ve rarely found the Oscars to be reliable.

      It’s a combination of campaigning and the prevailing mood. The community deciding or being influenced to reward a person with an Oscar for any reason but their performance.

      The Year that Halle won, i kept hearing, for about 3mths, that it was about time a black actress won the award.

      By the time the ceremony came round, it was a foregone conclusion that Halle would win. For being the first Black actress to win the best actor award. Her performance wasn’t the point at all.

      Ditto Martin Scorcese and Al Pacino, both of whom where finally Oscar’ed for their body of work rather than the stellar quality of the films they had been nominated for that year.

  15. Eleonor says:

    They look like they’re brothers!

  16. the original bellaluna says:

    Ummm, HUGH. Always and forever HUGH. (Sorry Ben.)

    Jennifer looks good; that look suits her.

    Anne looks…BUSY.

    Little Girl (I’ll mess up her name, but I’ll try) Quvenzhane looks adorable, age-appropriate, and I want her to win EVERYTHING.

    • flor says:

      I want her to win everything and I want her bag because it looks adorable.

      • the original bellaluna says:

        Isn’t she just? She’s…amazing!

        (I’m watching Catch and Release, and I think that’s my favourite Garner. I’m working on it.)

    • LAK says:

      I’ve just resorted to calling her Hushpuppy. her character’s name. lazy i know but hopefully we shall see more of her and i will get it.

    • bluhare says:

      I love that little girl and her outfit. So great on her and so age appropriate. I vote for her as best dressed.

  17. KC says:

    Anne looks so pale as to be translucent.

    Ben, by a long shot.

  18. Aqua says:

    It certainly looks like Ben has a very good chance of winning.His movie has done nothing but gained momentum since the Oscar snub.

  19. Baskingshark says:

    Wow, Affleck, Anne Hathaway & Lena Dunham all in the same post. The smugness is overwhelming. I wonder if they squared off backstage, threw down and had a smug-off to see who is the smuggest.

  20. claire says:

    This adds further credence to the idea that he has indeed “recovered” from Gigli. If only we could say the same about Jennifer (Garner) — is it me, or do her films seem to be getting worse?

    • 20/20 says:

      Ha! The way she was promoting “Butter” you’d think she was gunning for an Oscar. I have to hand it to her though, she comes across as being 100% sincere and credible when she is promoting her movies — she actually seems to believe they are all gems.

  21. lambchops says:

    That little girl with her puppy purse is adorable! I love that she brought along her puppy purse.

    • Jayna says:

      That’s her signature style, always a puppy purse. She will have one for the Oscars, too. She is really a very pretty little girl and very poised and mature for her age. I have seen her in quite a few interviews and she handles herself quite well, a little precocious. I was impressed with her considering her age especially. But now it’s gotten to the point in her last interview I was turned off. She was on Leno and came across way too smug to all the adults there, her own director and Jay.

      • bluhare says:

        Don’t say that, Jayna! I love her and absolutely refuse to believe she’s a smug precocious brat. Refuse, I say!

  22. Jayna says:

    The Oscars don’t make much sense anymore. I remember when a 2001 indie movie was all the rage, In the Bedroom. Sissy Spacek was up for best actress and all I heard was Sissy Spacek, Sissy Spacek. I finally watched the movie after the Oscars, where she won. Sissy was no more a lead in that movie than the man in the moon. It was about her son. The husband had far more scenes than she and he was amazing. It was right he was nominated. And yet Sissy won Best Actress? I don’t get it. She shouldn’t have even been in the category with as small as her role was. It was a supporting role. That is not fair against actresses who are truly leads in a movie.

    In the Hours, I thought Julianne Moore’s was the best performance out of that film, over Nicole and Meryl’s parts. Yet Nicole won.

    • lala says:

      There was this amazing indie movie from 2004 called Mysterious Skin, that got ZERO Oscars, despite the fact that the main actors had the best performances of year, just because it covers a touchy subject. Honestly the Oscars need to loosen up, not all movies have to be artsy fartsy.

    • Ms Kay says:

      Actually, Sissy Spacek didn’t win the Oscar although she was the ultimate favourite that year by bagging all the awards, Halle Berry (undeservedly) won the Best Actress Oscar of the blue.

      Julianne Moore, the Academy Awards keeps toying with her with their “not her time yet” rule… I hope she gets to give a great performance and finally they reward all right.

      • LAK says:

        @Ms Kay – The continued Julianna Moore snub really annoys me but she doesn’t play the game, so it will be a long time before she is oscar’ed.

        I wish she would take a leaf out of Cate Blanchett’s book and play alittle to get the reward.

        Cate learnt her lesson after losing for ELIZABETH.

        @Jayna – The academy doesn’t make the choice as to which actor in a film is to be nominates for either category. That’s completely the film producer’s choice. They decide, and put the actor forward in the category they think best fits.

        The academy simply accepts the producer’s choices. Which of course may hurt the actor if they are in he wrong category, pitted against much more substantial performances.

        BTW: – Screen time isn’t a category criteria.

    • Bijlee says:

      I always feel like the best actress wins are a bit of a joke. Not in the sense that they are just stupid, but there is always so much controversy over who wins a best actress and appearance and age play a major factor in who wins as well. I feel like there is a major amount of sexism in the best actress campaign. I don’t hear as much controversy ver best actor.

  23. daz says:

    Argo was the best film i’ve saw last year

  24. ShameFace says:

    I apologize in advance for this but…I feel like Lena actively tries to look awful! Combine this with her public persona…ugh, I just CAN NOT with her.

  25. lena80 says:

    Quvenzhane Wallis for all awards!

  26. lucy2 says:

    That photo of Anne really shows the difference a proper pose can make.
    Q & Jen look great. That puppy purse is adorable.
    Don’t like Lena’s dress at all. And I audibly groaned when I pulled my EW magazine out of the mailbox and she was on the cover – too much media exposure!

  27. Jordan says:

    Hugh and Ben are looking like brothers in that pic…must be the facial hair. Jennifer Garner is looking really good.

  28. Peta says:

    It really appears like the way is cleared for Argo to win Best Pic. Steven Spielberg must be crying in his coffee today. Lincoln was a masterpiece IMO but politics unfortunately rule the day with the academy.

    Fashion wise I like how everyone looks at this event. Little Q Wallis – too adorable! So nice to see her dressed appropriately for her age. And this is the best I’ve seen Jen Garner look: the hair, dress, makeup, jewelry, overall look. Tres chic.

  29. anonymous says:

    Garner looks very pretty here and the little girl from Beasts of the Southern Wild has charmed me to bits this awards season. Ben Affleck bless his heart isn’t annoying me as much as he usually does either. I’m actually rooting for Argo to win at the Oscars.

  30. MollyB says:

    Lena, look at the child’s photo directly beneath yours. That is how you STAND UP STRAIGHT, for pity’s sake! I’m honestly sorry that no one in your extremely privileged childhood ever taught you that.

  31. M says:

    I dont think Argo will win Best Picture. I believe the last time a movie won Best Picture but didnt win Best Director was back in the 70′s, and now they go hand in hand. Im confident that Lincoln will win Best Director and Picture, but with a possible Les Mis or Silver Linings upset(the Academy loves movies like Les Mis).

    • Chelsea's handler says:

      The Godfather won Best Picture but not Best Director in 72. Since then Chariots of FIre (82) Driving Miss Daisy (89) Shakespeare in Love (98) Gladiator (2000) Chicago (2002) and Crash (2005), all won Best Picture but not Best Director.

  32. Bej says:

    Haha! I couldn’t stop looking at how different Hugh & Bens body shapes & head sizes are! Standing next to Ben like that shows how lean & gangly Hugh’s legs are at the moment. And I can’t work out if Hugh has a teeny pin head or Ben has a humongous Frankenstien’s monster noggin! Apart from the facial hair & suits, they look like polar opposites to me.

  33. JoJo says:

    Ben is definitely turning on the “humble”, big time! I also think this sudden over–the-top surge of public affection for Garner is purely tied to awards season “glow” he’s enjoying. Like when you go in vacation or during the holidays – everything just seems better than it really is.