Getting personally snubbed by the Oscars may have been the best thing to ever happen to Ben Affleck. The slight — no directing nomination — has made people sit up and take notice of just what a great movie “Argo” is.
Affleck and fellow producers George Clooney and Grant Heslov won the top prize from the Producers Guild of America last night which means the Oscar race just got more muddled. “Lincoln” could still take best picture but “Argo” is firmly in the running.
The movie emerged from a field that also included “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” “Django Unchained,” “Les Miserables,” “Life of Pi,” “Lincoln,” “Moonrise Kingdom,” “Silver Linings Playbook,” “Skyfall” and “Zero Dark Thirty.”
Variety said Affleck called the award “incredible and exciting” and thanked his wife, Jennifer Garner, fellow producers Heslov and an absent Clooney along with Warner executives Jeff Robinov and Sue Kroll.
“I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention that I’m still working as an actor,” he added.
Animated feature: “Wreck-It Ralph.”
Documentary: “Searching for Sugar Man.”
Achievement award for features: Eric Fellner and Tim Bevan.
Stanley Kramer award for illuminating social issues: “Bully.”
PGA Milestone award: Harvey and Bob Weinstein.
Visionary award for work of uplifting quality or vision: Russell Simmons.
Long-form TV: “Game Change.”
Episodic TV, drama: “Homeland.”
Episodic TV, comedy: “Modern Family.”
Non-fiction TV: “American Masters.”
Live Entertainment and Talk TV: “The Colbert Report.”
Competition TV: “The Amazing Race.”
Sports Program: “Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel.”
Children’s Program: “Sesame Street.”
Digital Series: “30 Rock: The Webisodes.”