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Does Oscar crown await Affleck’s ‘Argo?’
And despite the directing snub, Affleck has expressed nothing but gratitude to the academy for his film’s seven nominations _ repeatedly making note that he is up for an Oscar. As producers of “Argo,” Affleck, Clooney and Grant Heslov would share the best-picture honor if the film wins.
Assuming it does, there still will be plenty of love to spread around among other films, particularly “Lincoln.” Spielberg’s consolation prize, should “Lincoln” miss out on best picture, is a probable third directing Oscar. He would be only the fourth filmmaker to achieve that, along with Frank Capra and William Wyler, who also won three times, and John Ford, who won four.
“Lincoln” star Daniel Day-Lewis is expected to earn his third Oscar in the title role, making him only the sixth performer to win three or more Oscars and the first to win three times in the best-actor category.
Other acting favorites: Jennifer Lawrence, best actress for “Silver Linings Playbook”; Anne Hathaway, supporting actress for “Les Miserables”; and Tommy Lee Jones, supporting actor for “Lincoln.”
So where’s the surprise of Oscar night? Maybe in the hands of versatile show host MacFarlane, whose talents include animation, comedy writing, singing and songwriting (he’s an Oscar nominee himself for a tune from “Ted”).
His skills also include crude humor, setting the stage for something livelier, more irreverent and less predictable than the usual ho-hum broadcast.
Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron “have mixed it up quite a lot compared to Oscar ceremonies I’ve seen in the past,” MacFarlane said. “Without it being a long ceremony _ their goal is to keep it shorter than it’s been _ but they’ve managed to pack more surprises and more cool stuff into the ceremony than I think I’ve ever seen in any one Oscars. …
“They have a real sense of command of what they’re doing, but at the same time they’ve allowed me to play to my own strengths, or weaknesses, depending on how you look at it, and structure my own segments as I see fit.”
AP Entertainment Writer Sandy Cohen contributed to this report.
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