Last night’s Academy Awards ceremony was a story of upset and redemption, as Life of Pi‘s Ang Lee beat out early favorite Steven Spielberg for best director, and Ben Affleck, long the butt of jokes for his work in front of the camera, accepted the trophy for best picture of Argo.
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Although Les Misérables and Showtime’s Homeland led the 70th annual Golden Globe Awards with three wins each, the night belonged to Argo director Ben Affleck and hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.
With nominations in 12 categories, including best picture and best director, Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln leads the list of contenders for the 85th Academy Awards. The winners will be announced Feb. 24.
The 23rd James Bond opened big this weekend at the North American box office, adding another $87.8 million to Skyfall‘s worldwide tally for an impress two-week total of $518.4 million.
During a weak weekend at the North American box office, Argo claimed to No. 1 spot, while Cloud Atlas, Fun Size and Chasing Mavericks saw disappointing openings.
Bryan Cranston is in talks for a role in Argo, the recently revealed based-on-truth story set against the Iran Hostage Crisis that will be directed by, and star, Ben Affleck.
Ben Affleck is set to direct and star in Argo as Alan Arkin and John Goodman enter final negotiations to join the cast.