Ben Affleck has won the top honour at the Directors Guild of America Awards for his film Argo.
Argo, which is set during the 1979 Iranian hostage crisis, has so far dominated this year’s awards ceremonies, having already won best picture at the Producers Guild of America awards, best picture and best director at the Critics Choice Awards and best director and best picture at the Golden Globes.
Of his win at the DGA awards, Affleck said: “I don’t think that this makes me a real director, but I think it means I’m on my way.”
In past years winning the top prize at the DGA awards has indicated a likely win for best director at the Oscars – in fact, there have only been six occasions in the history of the DGA where the winner has failed to take home an Oscar for best director too. But this year is set to be the seventh such occasion as Affleck has controversially not been nominated for a directing Oscar.
Other winners at the 65th annual DGA awards, which were hosted by Kelsey Grammer in Los Angeles this weekend, include Lena Dunham for her comedy Girls, Rian Johnson for drama series Breaking Bad and Jay Roach for TV movie Game Change.
Affleck’s Argo is currently nominated for seven BAFTAs and seven Academy Awards including best picture.
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