When the Academy Award nominations were announced several weeks ago, many thought early frontrunner Argo was dead in the water. With no Best Director nomination for Ben Affleck, few believed the political thriller had the support to win the golden statuette. However, the winds have turned strongly in favor of the 70s period piece – just like those that smashed against my home in New York during Hurricane Sandy! With Critics’ Choice, Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild, Producers Guild, and Director’s Guild trophies currently adorning producers George Clooney, Grant Heslov, and Ben Affleck’s mantle, Argo is looking like the one to beat.
Well, why does Hollywood love the film so much you ask? Read on for details!
10. Everbody’s Employed!
One sure way to win over the hearts and minds of the Hollywood set is to pay them off. No, not like a bribe or anything like that, of course! But rather, to give the working stiffs actual jobs in the film. Argo features a large ensemble cast that includes the likes of industry vets Alan Arkin, Bryan Cranston, and John Goodman. Actors love ensembles for a variety of reasons, the foremost being that there is work for everyone. With studios relying increasingly on big budget fare, it’s also harder for performers to get quality work. Argo alleviated that need – and it didn’t require the actors to work for free doing it “indie-style” either. It helped Crash land that Best Picture Oscar, will it work again for Argo?
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