CIA thriller 'Argo' now favourite to win Best Picture at the Academy Awards

Ben Affleck has won the top honour from the Director’s Guild of America (DGA) for his CIA thriller Argo.

The prize, awarded last night (February 2), would normally make the recipient the favourite to win the Best Director gong at the Academy Awards, but unusually Affleck has not been nominated for the Oscar.

However, some commentators have said that by winning the Director’s Guild Award, Affleck has helped the chances of his film Argo taking away the Best Picture Oscar at this year’s Academy Awards.

Only six times in the DGA’s history has a winner failed to win an Oscar for Best Director. Speaking backstage after picking up his Director’s Guild honour, Affleck said he had nothing but respect for the Academy Awards despite not being nominated, adding: “you’re not entitled to anything.”

Argo centres on the CIA rescue of Americans trapped in Iran in 1979-80. This latest win comes just weeks after the movie won the Golden Globe for Best Dramatic Film, where Affleck also won in the director category. The film has taken around £120million worldwide.