Ben Affleck may have been a winner at the box office with his critically acclaimed hit Argo, but the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences aren't taking much notice.
Seth MacFarlane and actress Emma Stone announced the Oscar nominations this morning in LA and noticeably missing from the Best Director and Best Actor categories was Mr. Affleck, though Alan Arkin was nominated for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Lester Siegel in Argo.
This isn't the first time Ben's been overlooked as a director. His 2007 hit Gone Baby Gone only received one nod as well as his 2010 success The Town. He did, however, win the Best Writing Oscar for Good Will Hunting alongside buddy Matt Damon in 1998.
"The way I’ve experienced my life, it has definitely been a series of ups and downs," the 40-year-old father of three has said. "At the end of the day I worked really hard, I made a bunch of movies, most of which I like, some of which I don’t like. I regret only one or two. Did I sell myself short in places? Yeah. I probably did. Were there other times where they were good bets and I lost? Yeah. But you get evaluated based on a cluster."
Just like Ben, Django Unchained director Quentin Tarantino was also left out of the race this year, though Django garnered five nods, including Best Picture.
But there are other stars celebrating this morning like Jennifer Lawrence and Anne Hathaway — and rightfully so. Both actresses gave stellar performances in their respective films, Silver Linings Playbook and Les Misérables.
Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln leads the race this year with 12 nominations.
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