The good news for Ben Affleck: He's won the award that should make him a shoo-in to win Best Director at the Academy Awards. The bad news: He's still not nominated. Affleck took home the top prize at last night's Directors Guild of America awards for Argo, the latest in the trove he's collecting this awards season, reports the AP. Normally that would bode well for the Oscars, since many of the voters are the same. But Affleck will have to put his hopes on the film's shot at Best Picture. "I don't think that this makes me a real director, but I think it means I'm on my way," he said last night. "You're not entitled to anything," he added.
The AP notes that the winner of the DGA Best Director award has nabbed the corresponding Oscar all but six times in 64 years. Affleck makes seven.