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Awards Watch: Can Ben Affleck Make Oscar History With ‘Argo’?

Back earlier in the season we had said that Ben Affleck’s Argo would be a top contender, and might even win Best Picture. Then the Academy Award nominations came around, and we followed suit and had mistakenly written Ben Affleck’s Argo off. This, of course, was after the director failed to receive a nomination for Best Director. Usually when that happens its considered to be game-over for any prospects of a film triumphing.

That said, what a difference a full month can make with the awards season. One thing about following the trajectory of Affleck’s career is that you come to learn that one can’t just write Affleck off without expecting a good fight. This comes from the man who has had a career resurgence after years of making critically bashed films.

Since his ultimate snub, Affleck went on to win the Critics Choice Award for Best Director and Best Film for Argo. Going from his reaction, it was a shock even for him that critics would be so in tune with the movie going audience. However, the real turning point was at the Golden Globes that saw Affleck go on to win for Best Director and Best Film In a huge upset to the favorite Lincoln. Last week Affleck also took home Best Film at the Producer’s Guild Awards.

Now we’re starting to wonder who is counting Lincoln as their favorite at this point, since the strong top contender has now fell back. It begs the question if Argo always been the won to beat all along? With a Golden Globe and now a Screen Actor’s Guild win under Affleck’s belt, the narrative for Argo suddenly changed. The narrative took a big turn after Argo’s Golden Globe, and certainly got people talking about Ben Affleck’s chances of being the best comeback story in years. The question now remains, could Ben Affleck really make history?

Awards Watch: Can Ben Affleck Make Oscar History With 'Argo'?