“Argo” caused a surprise by winning its second big award in two days, boosting its chances of winning a best picture Oscar next month, scheduled to be held on February 24, in a race that had been considered wide open.
The Iran hostage drama Argo tells the true story of a daring CIA mission to rescue six US diplomats who took refuge at the Canadian embassy in Tehran during the 1979 hostage crisis, bringing them out disguised as crewmembers for a Hollywood sci-fi film.
On Saturday, Argo won the Producers Guild award for best cast ensemble beating Lincoln, Les Miserables and Silver Linings Playbook, which are all Academy Award best picture contenders. It was also a surprise victor two weeks ago at the Golden Globes, where it won best drama and director for Ben Affleck.
“To me this has nothing to do with me, it has to do with the incredible people who were in this movie,” said Affleck, the film’s director who also stars in “Argo” and accepted the SAG prize alongside his cast.
“There was absolutely no way I thought we would win this award,” Ben Affleck, told reporters backstage after the SAG win. As Affleck walked off stage at the Shrine Auditorium, his eyes wouldn’t focus, his jaw was slack, he appeared to be gasping for breath. He stood still for a moment, taking it all in, as around him members of his cast pumped their fists in the air, hugged one another and shouted.
Asked about his movie’s Oscar chances, Affleck said he was not in the business of “handicapping or trying to divine what’s going to happen down the road”.
“I don’t know what’s going to happen, nothing may happen, but it’s a wonderful opportunity to be on the ride,” Affleck added. He kept shaking his head. “I’m shocked,” he said over and over.
Well this could be a rare feat at the February 24th Oscars as “Argo” could become the 4th film in 85 years to be named best picture without a nomination for its director.