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Ben Affleck has been smiling since the Golden Globes, and he has no reason to stop now. At Saturday's Directors Guild of America Awards, the Argo director was awarded the DGA's top honor: outstanding directorial achievement in a feature film.
"I worked really, really hard to become the best director I could be," Affleck said in his acceptance speech. "And I don't think this [award] makes me a real director -- but I think it means I'm on my way."
It's one of the unspoken rules of awards season that the director who wins the DGA usually also takes home best director at the Academy Awards. But Affleck wasn't nominated for a best director Oscar. So what does this mean for Argo?
It's possible that the Iranian hostage-crisis thriller has just moved one step closer to best picture. Of the six DGA winners who lost the best director Oscar, two of them -- Francis Ford Coppola (The Godfather) and Rob Marshall (Chicago) -- saw their films take home the top prize. Since Affleck was snubbed in the director category, Academy voters may try to make amends by voting up Argo for best picture.
Then again, Lincoln is still fierce competition, and Steven Spielberg could wind up stealing both the director and picture categories. Can you feel the suspense?
Meanwhile, Affleck gets props for being a good sport about the Oscar snub.
"You're not entitled to win anything. You're not entitled to anything in life," he told the reporters in the DGA press room. "I'm really happy -- I'm thrilled and honored -- that the Academy nominated me as a producer for the movie...It's okay. I'm really lucky. I'm in a great place."
He also realizes that there are worse people to lose to than Spielberg.
"Steven, there is nothing to even say about a guy whose got 11 of these," Affleck said in his speech. "This is the guy whose face is in Wikipedia when you type in 'director.'"
Yes, but maybe not for long...