Who needs Oscar? ‘Argo’ man Ben Affleck takes home the Golden Globe for Best Director

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Well, here's something you don't see every year.

The winner of the Golden Globe for Best Director often foreshadows who will win the Oscar for Best Director. This year, the winner of the Golden Globe for Best Director of a Motion Picture went to someone who's not even <i>nominated</i> for an Oscar in the same category.

Ben Affleck, the director of "Argo," beat out such veteran heavyweights as Ang Lee, Quentin Tarantino, Steven Spielberg and Kathryn Bigelow in taking home the Directing Golden Globe. It's an extremely rare occurrence, and Affleck's in some pretty diverse company -- many of whom also happen to be actors-turned directors:

-- Laszlo Benedek, "Death of a Salesman" (1951)

-- Elia Kazan, "Baby Doll" (1956)

-- Paul Newman, "Rachel Rachel" (1968)

-- Charles Jarrott, "Anne of a Thousand Days" (1969)

-- Barbara Streisand, "Yentl" (1983)

-- Clint Eastwood, "Bird" (1988)

Between this and his Best Director win at the Critics' Choice Awards last week, Affleck probably has the members of the Academy wondering what the hell they were thinking in not nominating him for an Oscar … and perhaps considering following suit with the Golden Globes and giving "Argo" the Best Picture win just to save face.

Affleck’s previous Golden Globes win was in 1997 for Best Screenplay – Motion Picture for “Good Will Hunting,” which he shared with Matt Damon. He was also nominated in 2006 for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture for his portrayal of doomed “Superman” star George Reeves in “Hollywoodland.”