Affleck, Wreck-It Ralph, Washington big weekend winners

Written by Barbara Vancheri on .

Catching up with weekend awards: 
Ben Affleck did it again. He won the top prize from the Directors Guild of America for “Argo” despite — or thanks to — his Oscar snub in the directing category. 
His winning streak has moved “Argo” to the top of most Oscar pundits’ prediction lists, at least at this point three weeks away from the Academy Awards. Variety reports that his win (over Kathryn Bigelow, Tom Hooper, Ang Lee and Steven Spielberg) brought a loud cheer.
Affleck said, with the humor and humility that has marked his run of wins, “I don’t think this makes me a real director but I think I’m on my way.” 
This was Affleck’s first DGA honor, which also is shared with his team.
Kelsey Grammer hosted the 65th annual DGA Awards dinner, attended by more than 1,600 guests, at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood and Highland (home of the Oscars) in Los Angeles. 
Other winners: 
Documentary award:  Malik Bendjelloul, “Searching for Sugar Man.”
Comedy series:  Lena Dunham, “Girls” pilot.
Drama series:  Rian Johnson, “Breaking Bad.” 
TV movie-miniseries:  Jay Roach, “Game Change.” 
Daytime serials:  Jill Mitwell, “One Life to Live.” 
Musical variety:  Glenn Weiss, 66th annual Tony Awards. 
Children’s programming:  Paul Hoen, Disney’s “Let It Shine.”
Reality:  Brian Smith, “Master Chef.” 
Commercials:  Alejandro Inarritu. 
Lifetime Achievement Award: Milos Forman. 
Robert B. Aldrich Award for extraordinary service to DGA and its membership: Michael Apted. 
Lifetime Achievement Award in News Direction: Eric Shapiro. 
Frank Capra Achievement Award, given to assistant director or unit production manager in recognition of career achievement in the industry and service to DGA: Susan Zwerman. 
Franklin J. Schaffner Achievement Award, given to associate director or stage manager in recognition of career achievement in the industry and service to DGA: Dency Nelson. 
“Wreck-It Ralph” was the big winner at Saturday’s 40th annual Annie Awards, which honor animation. It took the big prize for best animated feature. 
“Paperman,” an Oscar nominee, won for best animated short. It tells the story of a man who tries to woo a woman with paper airplanes. 
Here’s the press release: 
LOS ANGELES, Calif. (February 2, 2013)  — Disney’s ‘Wreck-It Ralph’ won the Best Animated Feature honor at the 40th Annual Annie Awards held Saturday, February 2 at UCLA’s Royce Hall. 
This year’s expanded list of categories topped 30, honoring many more nominees and team entries as in years past. New to the awards this year was the addition of the Best Student Film. A complete list of winners can be viewed at 
The Best Animated Special Production was awarded to “Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem” (Illumination Entertainment); Best Animated Short Subject to “Paperman” (Walt Disney Animation Studios); Best General Audience Animated TV Production for Preschool Children “Bubble Guppies ‘A Tooth on the Looth’” (Nickelodeon Animation Studios);
Best Animated Television Production for Children “Dragons: Riders of Berk ‘How to Pick Your Dragon’” (DreamWorks Animation); BestGeneral Audience Animated Television Production “Robot Chicken ‘DC Comics Special’” (Stoopid Buddy Studios); Best Animated Video Game “Journey” (Sony Computer Entertainment America); and Best Student Film “Head Over Heels” (Timothy Reckart).
“What a great evening filled with a lot of fun and surprises,“ said ASIFA-Hollywood President Frank Gladstone. “A variety of individuals and studios participated and joined in celebrating the best in animation across project, studio and geographic boundaries.”
Former Annie Awards host and movie reviewer Leonard Maltin and voice actors Rob Paulsen and Maurice Lamarche shared hosting duties, along with a special appearance by long time Annies presenter-favorite, actor and animation industry professional, Seth Green.
Honored with the Winsor McCay award were Terry Gilliam, Oscar Grillo and Mark Henn. 
The Winsor McCay stands as one of the highest honors given to an individual in the animation industry in recognition for career contributions to the art of animation.
Howard Green was honored with the June Foray award which is presented to an individual who has given significant and benevolent contributions to the art and industry of animation, and Toon Boom Animation was honored with the Ub Iwerks award created and given to individuals or companies for technical advancements that make a significant impact on the art or industry of animation.
Often a predictor of the annual Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, the Annie Awards honor overall excellence as well as individual achievement in a total of 30 categories ranging from best feature, production design, character animation, and effects animation to storyboarding, writing, music, editing and voice acting.
Entries submitted for consideration were from productions that originally aired, were exhibited in an animation festival or commercially released between January 1, 2012 and December 31, 2012.
ASIFA-Hollywood is the world’s first and foremost professional organization dedicated to promoting the Art of Animation and celebrating the people who create it. 
Today, ASIFA-Hollywood, the largest chapter of the international organization ASIFA, supports a range of animation activities and preservation efforts through its membership.
Current initiatives include the Animation Archive, animation film preservation, special events, classes and screenings. 
Created in 1972 by veteran voice talent June Foray, the Annie Awards have grown in scope and stature for the past four decades.  For information on ASIFA-Hollywood, please visit  For information on the Annie Awards, please visit
By Derrik J. Lang 
AP Entertainment Writer
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kerry Washington was a triple threat at the NAACP Image Awards.
The star of ABC’s “Scandal” picked up a trio of trophies at the 44th annual ceremony: outstanding actress in a drama series for “Scandal,” supporting actress in a motion picture for “Django Unchained” and the President’s Award, which is given in recognition of special achievement and exceptional public service.
“This award does not belong to me,” said Washington, who plays a slave separated from her husband in “Django Unchained,” as she picked up her first trophy of the evening for her role in the film directed by Quentin Tarantino. “It belongs to our ancestors. We shot this film on a slave plantation, and they were with us along every step of the way.”
Washington, who plays crisis management consultant Olivia Pope on “Scandal,” serves on President Barack Obama’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities. 
Don Cheadle was awarded the outstanding actor in a comedy series trophy for his role as a slick management consultant in Showtime’s “House of Lies.”
“This doesn’t belong just to me, but I am taking it home tonight,” joked Cheadle.
A few winners weren’t present at the Shrine Auditorium to pick up their trophies, including Denzel Washington for outstanding actor in a motion picture for “Flight,” Viola Davis for outstanding actress in a motion picture for “Won’t Back Down” (shot and set in Pittsburgh) and Omar Epps for supporting actor in a drama series for Fox’s “House.”
“Red Tails,” the drama about the Tuskegee Airmen, was honored as outstanding motion picture.
“Look! I beat Quentin Tarantino,” beamed “Red Tails” executive producer George Lucas as he accepted the award. 
LL Cool J, who was honored as outstanding actor in a drama series for CBS’ “NCIS: Los Angeles,” dedicated his trophy to fellow nominee Michael Clarke Duncan, “The Green Mile” and “The Finder” actor who died last year.
“I wish his family well,” said LL. “Let’s give it up for him.”
Gladys Knight sang during the in memoriam segment, but the beginning of her performance wasn’t heard on the live NBC broadcast because of a technical glitch.
Sidney Poitier presented Harry Belafonte with the Spingarn Award, which honors outstanding achievement by an African American. His honor was followed by a serenade from Wyclef Jean and Common.
Other winners at the ceremony hosted by talk show host Steve Harvey included Loretta Devine as supporting actress in a drama series for “Grey’s Anatomy,” Cassi Davis as outstanding actress in a comedy series and Lance Gross as outstanding supporting actor in a comedy series for TBS’ “Tyler Perry’s House of Payne.” 
The Image Awards are presented annually by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, and the group’s members select the winners.
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(Photo of Kerry Washington by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

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