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“Argo” on its way to Oscar – Ben Affleck

The winners of the Directors Guild of America Outstanding Directorial Achievement Awards for 2012 were announced tonight during the 65th Annual DGA Awards Dinner at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland in Los Angeles. Ben Affleck won the DGA’s Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for Argo.
Director/producer/actor Kelsey Grammer hosted the ceremony before an audience of more than 1,600 guests. Presenters included (in alphabetical order): Frank Capra III; Cedric the Entertainer; Bryan Cranston; Peter Fonda; Kelsey Grammer; Dave Grohl; DGA President Taylor Hackford; Anne Hathaway; Michel Hazanavicius; Helen Hunt; Hugh Jackman; Famke Janssen; Norman Jewison; Suraj Sharma; Martin Short; DGA National Vice President Steven Soderbergh; Chris Spencer; George Stevens, Jr.; Eric Stonestreet; Quvenzhané Wallis; and Sam Waterston.
The winners of the 2012 DGA Awards for Outstanding Directorial Achievement are:
OUTSTANDING DIRECTORIAL ACHIEVEMENT IN FEATURE FILM
BEN AFFLECK
Argo
(Warner Bros. Pictures)
Mr. Affleck’s Directorial Team:
· Unit Production Manager: Amy Herman
· First Assistant Director: David Webb
· Second Assistant Director: Ian Calip
· Second Second Assistant Directors: Clark Credle, Gavin Kleintop
· First Assistant Director (Turkey Unit): Belkis Turan
This is Mr. Affleck’s first DGA Feature Film Award win.
OUTSTANDING DIRECTORIAL ACHIEVEMENT IN COMMERCIALS
ALEJANDRO G. IÑÁRRITU
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· First Assistant Director: Peter Kohn
· Second Assistant Director: Michelle Schrauwers
· Second Second Assistant Directors: Heather Anderson, Blake Perkinson
This is Mr. Iñárritu’s first DGA Award win and second nomination. He was previously nominated for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for Babel in 2006.
OUTSTANDING DIRECTORIAL ACHIEVEMENT IN DRAMATIC SERIES
RIAN JOHNSON
Breaking Bad, ‘Fifty-One’
(AMC)
Mr. Johnson’s Directorial Team:
· Unit Production Manager: Stewart A. Lyons
· Assistant Unit Production Manager: James Paul Hapsas
· First Assistant Director: Ben Scissors
· Second Assistant Director: Louis Lanni
· Second Second Assistant Director: Anna Ramey
· Additional Second Assistant Director: Joann Connolly
This [...]

Screen Actors Guild Awards is Star Central!

Jude Law was named as a presenter at the 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® Executive Producer Jeff Margolis announced today.
He joins and completes the roster of actors who will honor their colleagues at the SAG Awards including Ben Affleck, Alan Arkin, Alec Baldwin, Rose Byrne, Jessica Chastain, Bradley Cooper, Bryan Cranston, Jeff Daniels, Viola Davis, Daniel Day-Lewis, Robert De Niro, Taye Diggs, Peter Facinelli, Sally Field, John Goodman, Neil Patrick Harris, Anne Hathaway, SAG-AFTRA Co-President Ken Howard, Hugh Jackman, Nicole Kidman, Jennifer Lawrence, Damian Lewis, Julianna Margulies, James Marsden, Alfred Molina, Julianne Moore, Dev Patel, Busy Philipps, Amy Poehler, SAG-AFTRA Co-President Roberta Reardon, Carl Reiner, Liev Schreiber, Justin Timberlake, Kerry Washington, Naomi Watts, Sigourney Weaver, Alfre Woodard and Noah Wyle.
Jude Law was a SAG Awards nominee in 2005 alongside the cast of Martin Scorsese?s ?The Aviator.? He was recently seen in Joe Wright?s ?Anna Karenina? opposite Keira Knightley. His next project is Steven Soderbergh?s ?Side Effects? co-starring Rooney Mara, Channing Tatum and Catherine Zeta-Jones.
The 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, one of the awards season?s premier events, will be simulcast live coast-to-coast on TNT and TBS on Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013, at 8 p.m. (ET)/5 p.m. (PT) from the Shrine Exposition Center in Los Angeles. An encore primetime telecast will begin immediately following on TNT at 10 p.m. (ET)/7 p.m. (PT). The ceremony will also be telecast internationally, as well as to U.S. military installations overseas through the American Forces Network Broadcast Center.
Recipients of the honors for Outstanding Action Performances by Film and Television Stunt Ensembles announced at 6:15 p.m. (ET)/3:15 p.m. (PT) during the red carpet pre-show webcast on tntdrama.com, tbs.com and People.com which begins at 6 p.m. (ET)/3 p.m. (PT)
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SAG Awards: More stars present… Rose Byrne, Bryan Cranston, James Marsden, Alfred Molina, Dev Patel, Amy Poehler and Noah Wyle

Rose Byrne, Bryan Cranston, James Marsden, Alfred Molina, Dev Patel, Amy Poehler and Noah Wyle will be presenters at the 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards®, Executive Producer Jeff Margolis announced today.
They join a growing roster of actors who will honor their colleagues at the SAG Awards that already includes Ben Affleck, Alan Arkin, Alec Baldwin, Jessica Chastain, Bradley Cooper, Jeff Daniels, Viola Davis, Daniel Day-Lewis, Robert De Niro, Taye Diggs, Peter Facinelli, Sally Field, John Goodman, Neil Patrick Harris, Anne Hathaway, SAG-AFTRA Co-President Ken Howard, Hugh Jackman, Nicole Kidman, Jennifer Lawrence, Damian Lewis, Julianna Margulies, Julianne Moore, Busy Philipps, SAG-AFTRA Co-President Roberta Reardon, Carl Reiner, Liev Schreiber, Justin Timberlake, Kerry Washington, Naomi Watts, Sigourney Weaver and Alfre Woodard.
In 2012, Rose Byrne earned her first SAG Award nomination as a member of the ?Bridesmaids? cast. She will next be seen in the comedies ?I Give It a Year? with Anna Faris and Simon Baker, and ?The Internship? with Will Ferrell and Owen Wilson.
This year, Bryan Cranston adds three SAG Awards nominations to his resume ? as a member of the ?Argo? motion picture cast, as an ensemble member of ?Breaking Bad? and as lead actor in the series, currently in its fifth season ? bringing his total nominations to seven.
Along with his ?Hairspray? co-stars, James Marsden was nominated for a motion picture cast SAG Award in 2008. He was recently seen as Criss in NBC?s ?30 Rock? and has a number of films on tap, including ?Two Guns? opposite Mark Wahlberg and Denzel Washington, and Lee Daniels? ?The Butler,? in which he portrays John F. Kennedy. Marsden is currently in production on the comedy ?Walk of Shame? opposite Elizabeth Banks.
Alfred Molina has been nominated for five SAG Awards alongside his co-stars in ?An Education,? (2010), ?Frida? (2003), ?Chocolat? (2001), ?Magnolia? (2000) and ?Boogie Nights? (1998). He will soon be seen in the TNT series ?Monday Mornings,? which debuts in February. Upcoming film projects include ?Return to Zero,? which he is currently shooting with Minnie Driver, and ?Emanuel and the Truth About Fishes? opposite Jessica Biel.
Dev Patel is a three-time SAG Awards nominee and received a cast in a motion picture Actor® statuette in 2009 alongside his ?Slumdog Millionare? co-stars. He was also nominated as lead actor in the film. This year, he?s nominated along with his co-stars in ?The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.? He can currently be [...]

Oscars: Our 2012 Hollywood Film Awards Favorites!

This year should be no different. At the Hollywood Film Awards(r) last October 22, 2012, special honors went to Richard Gere for career achievement; Bradley Cooper for actor; Marion Cotillard for actress; Robert De Niro for supporting actor; Amy Adams for supporting actress; Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston, John Goodman and the cast of “Argo;” John Hawkes for breakout performance; David O. Russell for director; Dustin Hoffman for breakthrough director; Quentin Tarantino for the screenwriter award; Quvenzhané Wallis for the New Hollywood Award; Samantha Barks, Bella Heathcote, Tom Holland, John Magaro, Ezra Miller, and Kelly Reilly with the Spotlight Awards; Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner for producers; Wally Pfister for cinematographer; Dylan Tichenor for editor; Sarah Greenwood for production designer; Peter Ramsey with “Rise of the Guardians” for animation; and Jeff White with “The Avengers” for visual effects.

Celebrities and Hollywood notables who attended the Hollywood Awards included Eddy Hartenstein, Los Angeles Times Publisher and Tribune Company CEO, Chris Evans, Tom Ford, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, John Hillcoat, Helen Hunt, Melissa Leo, Ray Liotta, Tony Mendez, Christopher Nolan, Edward Norton, Eric Roth, Susan Sarandon, Amanda Seyfried, Adam Shankman, and Kerry Washington, among others.
“We are very proud to be the first stop of the awards season. In the last nine years, a total of 85 Oscar nominations and 32 Oscars were given to the honorees of the Hollywood Film Awards,” said Festival and Awards Founder, Carlos de Abreu.

The gala awards presentation was hosted by Nancy O’Dell of “Entertainment Tonight” and attendees were treated to the music of Johnny Crawford and his Orchestra.
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Ben Affleck talks “Argo,” Kevin Smith fans, and more Lehane stories – OSCARS

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Some of us are still getting used to talking about Ben Affleck, The Director.
Most of us grew up watching Ben Affleck, The Marquee Star. Ever since the fresh-faced Bostonian shocked the world (or, at the very least, the film industry) by winning an Oscar for his first screenplay of “Good Will Hunting,” Affleck has been an integral part of the Hollywood scene. Mostly, he was carrying popcorn blockbusters such as Daredevil or Armageddon. He earned indie cred collaborating with Kevin Smith on Chasing Amy, then fell victim to a string of poor acting choices that resulted in “Gigli,” “Paycheck” and “Surviving Christmas.”
In 2007, Affleck reinvented himself. He cast a fantastic ensemble for his adaptation of Dennis Lehane’s moody detective thriller “Gone Baby Gone.” Critics and audiences raved. Affleck followed that with “The Town,” an equally tough-talking Boston gang drama. It was as good, if not better, then his debut film.
The streak continues as Affleck directs “Argo,” a true-life hostage thriller centered on an unusual plan to abstract U.S. embassy workers from a hostile situation in Iran. Once again, Affleck assembles a top-notch ensemble that includes himself, John Goodman, Alan Arkin, Victor Garber, Tate Donovan and the great Bryan Cranston (who we spoke with here).
If you need any more indication as to the power of Affleck’s cast, “Argo” is receiving this year’s “Hollywood Ensemble Acting Award” at the Hollywood Film Awards.
Affleck recently sat down with us to discuss his short but impressive directing career, the elements that drew him to “Argo,” and the possibility of him returning to Lehane’s franchise.
I was in the balcony of the Roy Thompson Hall for the film’s premiere. You were introduced, and a guy sitting near me shouts, “Affleck, you da bomb in Phantoms, yo!” And I thought, “Even here.”
[Laughs] Kevin Smith fans are everywhere.
But at least they are following you, right?
Yes, that’s right! You know, that line, which I actually I gave it to Jason Mewes and he then said … I always know the guy in the room who is the Kevin Smith fan.
Tell me something you learned on their previous films that really came in handy on “Argo,” where you thought, “Thank goodness I’ve seen that already.”
I think, on some level, the basic thing I learned on the previous two films is just that everything is going to be OK. We’re going to [...]

Bryan Cranston talks “Argo,” calls it “my proudest moment in motion pictures”

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Walter White is sitting six inches away from me. Not just Mr. White, though. It’s Heisenberg. His gripping gaze fixes on me. The timber of his commanding voice sends chills down my spine. I’d dash for the room’s exit, if I weren’t so fascinated by this man.
In truth, it’s hardly Heisenberg, but rather Bryan Cranston – the warm, inviting and candid actor who brilliantly portrays a ruthless drug kingpin on “Breaking Bad,” the greatest television program since HBO’s “The Wire” (which routinely alternates with “Bad” for the title of Best TV Show of All Time). Cranston meets with me to discuss his role in Ben Affleck’s “Argo,” a hostage thriller masquerading as a heist picture that’s too crazy to be true … except for the fact that it’s based on actual events that were classified by the government until recently.
Cranston plays Jack O’Donnell, a CIA executive working with Affleck to free U.S. embassy workers during a difficult siege in Iran at the close of 1979. Their plan has holes. The “Argo” screenplay – credited to Chris Terrio – does not. I start our discussion with the quality of scripts Cranston is offered in the wake of his acclaimed cable drama.
This is an “Argo” question by way of a “Breaking Bad” question. Because you’ve had access to what many of us consider the cream of the crop in screenwriting, have you created this unfortunate problem now where scripts you are offered don’t live up to your own standard because you know they can be better?
I do that all of the time.
Do you?
Yes. I work a lot, but I turn down far more than I accept because they don’t pass muster. And now, doing “Argo,” setting a tone and setting a bar for films, and having “Breaking Bad” in television … you know, they will be different genres, and I’ll end up looking for different things. And you can never know for sure how something is going to turn out. The only think you can govern as an actor is identifying well-written material and gravitating toward that. And then hope for the best.
And put your trust in a filmmaker like Ben.
Right. And “Argo could have gone terribly wrong. Like the mission itself, it could have gone terribly wrong. [Laughs] But like the mission itself, it succeeded.

That’s interesting. Could you point at something [...]

Ben Affleck, Alan Arkin, John Goodman and Bryan Cranston, to receive the “Hollywood Ensemble Acting Award” for “Argo”

HollywoodNews.com: The 16th Annual Hollywood Film Awards, presented by the Los Angeles Times, is pleased to announce that the feature “Argo,” directed by Ben Affleck, will receive the “Hollywood Ensemble Acting Award.”
“We are very proud to recognize the ensemble cast of “Argo,” for their dramatic and outstanding performances,” said Carlos de Abreu, Founder and Executive Director of the Hollywood Film Awards.
The 2012 Hollywood Film Awards has also announced that it will honor director David O. Russell with the “Hollywood Director Award”; Oscar-winning actor Robert De Niro with the “Hollywood Supporting Actor Award”; Academy Award-winning actress Marion Cotillard with the “Hollywood Actress Award”; three-time Academy Award-nominated actress Amy Adams with the “Hollywood Supporting Actress Award”; producers Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner with the “Hollywood Producers Award”; writer/director Judd Apatow with the “Hollywood Comedy Award”; actor John Hawkes with the “Hollywood Breakout Performance Award” for “The Sessions”; and Quvenzhané Wallis with the “New Hollywood Award” for “Beasts of the Southern Wild.” Other honorees include cinematographer Wally Pfister, editor Dylan Tichenor, production designer Sarah Greenwood, and visual effects supervisors Janek Sirrs and Jeff White. In addition, director Peter Ramsey’s “Rise of the Guardians” will be honored with the “Hollywood Animation Award,” along with additional honorees to be announced in the coming weeks.
The Hollywood Film Awards Gala Ceremony will take place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills on October 22, 2012. The event honors cherished stars and up-and-coming talent, and traditionally kicks off the film awards season with the biggest stars and top industry executives in attendance.
“We are very gratified to be the first stop of the awards season. In the last nine years, a total of 85 Oscar nominations and 32 Oscars were given to the honorees of the Hollywood Film Awards,” said de Abreu.
Last year’s awards show reached a total TV audience of more than 41 million media impressions, in addition to more than 300 million online and print readers’ impressions.
In addition to celebrating accomplishments on screen, the Hollywood Film Awards established the “Hollywood Gives Back” program to expand and continue highlighting and assisting important local and national charities to raise funds. Over the years, the Hollywood Film Awards has contributed to such charities as The Art of Elysium, Artists For Human Rights, Artists for Peace and Justice, MatchingDonors.com, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, the Enough Project, and Variety The Children’s Charity of So. CA, among others.
Further, the Hollywood Film Awards [...]

Ben Affleck on “Argo,” and why his ensembles work so well – OSCARS

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Ben Affleck’s primary strength as a director, so far, has been his ability to assemble stupendous ensembles.
His casting decisions on his first film – “Gone Baby Gone” – were so strong, from top to bottom, that many dismissed it as a happy accident. “The Town,” however, also showed Affleck’s knack for finding the right actor to fit the right part, from Jeremy Renner’s hot-headed Boston thug (for which he received an Oscar nomination) to the late Pete Postlethwaithe as a menacing florist with ulterior motives.
Affleck has done it again with “Argo,” a retelling of an actual hostage situation that somehow bridged Washington, D.C. and Hollywood in an effort to bring a team of American embassy employees home safely.
I was lucky enough to sit down with Affleck for a one-on-one, which we’ll have up on the site closer to the film’s release on Oct. 12. But his quote about actors, and about assembling ensembles, was too good not to share.
“The advantage of being an actor is that you appreciate other actors,” Affleck told me. “I’ve always focused on actors. I’ve always loved actors. I’ve always watched movies with an eye to even the littlest of moments to an actor’s performance. And so it has become the one thing I feel most confident about, because I just know how much I like other actors and acting. And you know, if you are a carpenter, you’re probably able to recognize better carpentry. The other stuff can be a little bit harder. It usually takes more work.”
That explains why “Argo” comes off as effortless. Affleck recruited a slew of tremendous “carpenters,” from John Goodman and Alan Arkin to Tate Donovan and the great Bryan Cranston.
See for yourself when “Argo” opens in theaters on Oct. 12.
Read more of our exclusive Awards coverage:
Our “Silver Linings Playbook” review
Ben Affleck’s “Argo” scores
Amy Adams lends strength to “The Master”
Producer Harvey Weinstein
“Lawless” director John Hillcoat
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Ben Affleck’s thrilling “Argo” a major step for maturing filmmaker – TORONTO

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: I can’t remember a more complete career renaissance than the one Ben Affleck’s currently enjoying.
Not that long ago, the handsome Boston actor – a one-time Oscar winner for co-screenwriting “Good Will Hunting” – was in Hollywood “prison,” condemned for poor choices ranging from “Gigli” to “Jersey Girl” and the aptly titled “Paycheck.” But Affleck took a temporary vacation, reset his career from behind the lens, and established himself as a formidable director with the one-two punch of “Gone Baby Gone” and “The Town.”
“Argo,” his latest, takes this storytelling career to the next level.
Affleck has crafted an airtight heist movie, only the loot being boosted isn’t cash, diamonds or jewels. It’s six human lives.
“Argo” also sees the director responding to the criticism that he’s only capable of making riveting “Southie” thrillers. With “Argo,” Affleck goes global, yet never sacrifices his tensions by expanding his canvas. The film is based on a previously classified story of a daring hostage extraction during the extended Iran hostage situation of 1979. Tony Mendez (Affleck) has a plan that requires Hollywood and D.C. to collaborate on the creation of a bogus sci-fi movie, of which the detained hostages will pretend to be part of the crew.
Thanks to a subtle, internal time clock, Affleck must keep his pieces constantly moving through “Argo,” and it’s in this instance that we realize what a confident director he has become. There’s barely an ounce of fat on this rapidly-dancing thriller, which is alternately funny, risky and consistently terrifying. Once again, Affleck proves he has a fantastic eye or casting. Supporting roles scattered throughout “Argo” are occupied by pros, from Alan Arkin and John Goodman as the movie-business moguls who help stitch the fictional “Argo” together, to Bryan Cranston as Affleck’s man in the C.I.A., trying to pull enough strings to get these hostages to safety.
After building awards buzz at Telluride, Warner Bros. programmed “Argo” into TIFF, where it played like gangbusters to a packed Roy Thomson Hall for a well-received Gala screening. The film opens in October, and should enjoy a favorable run through the Oscar marathon as the industry embraces the entertainment angle to this so-strange-it’s-true story that is masterfully crafted by one of our most talented actor-directors.
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“Amour” amazes, “Rust & Bone” ultimately delivers
TIFF: The Day Before the Madness
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Ben Affleck’s “Argo” earns raves after debut Telluride screening – AWARDS

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Ben Affleck’s “Argo” has been building a steady stream of buzz behind the scenes from people in the know claiming that the seasoned actor and full-fledged filmmaker had a third consecutive hit on his hands. This afternoon, the political thriller held a not-so-secret debut screening at the Telluride Film Festival, and the response was off-the-charts positive.
“Terrific,” “outstanding,” “amazing,” “smart” and “absorbing” were the adjectives tossed around Twitter by scribes from sites like Variety, HitFix and The Playlist. Best Picture and Director nods seems very possible at this early stage of the game, as Affleck earned Academy cred with “The Town” (a Best Supporting nod for co-star Jeremy Renner) and “Gone Baby Gone” (a win for the great Amy Ryan).
By all accounts, Affleck has hit another home run with this true-but-strange story of a CIA operative cooking up a bizarre scheme to help extradite U.S. hostages from a compromised embassy in Iran. Affleck stars, and surrounds himself with an awards-worthy ensemble that includes John Goodman, Alan Arkin, Bryan Cranston, Kyle Chandler and Victor Garber.
The Telluride screening was a warm up for Affleck’s Gala screening in Toronto. That’s when I plan to get my first look at what sounds like a winner. We hope to cover “Argo” through the bulk of the awards season. Could this be the one that earn Affleck his well-deserved seat at the Best Director’s table? We shall see.

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“Lawless” director John Hillcoat
“Writers” director Josh Boone
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