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  • Tariq Khan
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    Ben Affleck has been an Academy member since 1999, when he was invited to join the actors branch. Therefore, he wasn’t able to vote on a Best Director nomination for himself, though he probably put his name down for Best Actor. 

    So where did Affleck’s vote for Best Director go on the final ballot? Ang Lee or Steven Spielberg? Or maybe someone else?

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    Macbeth
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    I think Affleck may have voted for Behn Zeitlin. He is a young, talented filmmaker, and I think he reminds Affleck of his roots

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    seabel
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    Ben Affleck and Behn Zeitlin in the same sentence? LMAO.

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    Renaton
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    Affleck at least is mildly competent with the right crew. Zeitlin made one of the most overrated and precious of last year.

    Anyways, Affleck probably voted for Haneke. I can see him being very impressed by the economical direction and the work with actors there. 

    EDIT: I can see him voting for Russell. Might even make more sense, since he is a director that came from indie films and SLP is the kind of thing he usually likes. 

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    seabel
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    I’m sure that people like Nicole Kidman voted for Michael Haneke. But you’re right, Ben Affleck is so ‘mainstream’ that everything tells me that ‘Silver Linings Playbook’ was his choice for Best Director.

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    Chris Beachum
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    If it had been me, the truth is that I would have skipped that category on my ballot.

    It would have broken my heart to check off another person’s name.

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    Marcus Snowden (The Artist Formerly Known as msnowden1)
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    I’m pretty sure that Affleck voted for Spielberg. After all, he did say in his speech that Spielberg is a “towering influence among us” or something along those lines.

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    Renaton
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    ^ I don’t think that meant much, actually. That part of the speech was just him paying respect to a Hollywood legend that was the frontrunner before his film gained massive support.

    I remember Affleck saying he liked stuff that ranged from Lumet to Cassavettes, so I don’t think he’d go with someone like Spielberg. Of the ones in the category that relate the most to his film influences and taste, I think Haneke (not him in general, but “Amour” especifically) and Russell had the advantage. 

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    All the Spielberg kowtowing makes me sick. Several filmmakers turned in much more focused and visionary direction this year that to single him out points to much of what is wrong with the media-driven, mogul- and box office- worshipping system. I wish Affleck had paid tribute to the great directors, nominated and not nominated, and to Best Director winner Ang Lee, validating his win—not to just one person who is significantly overrated compared to other directors (see Sight and Sound 2012 for a wake-up call) and sadly the most popular choice when the unsophisticated public is asked who the greatest director is.

    All things considered, I think Affleck voted for Russell, or as has been mentioned he left the category blank–I would have! I know missing the nomination burned him and he has right to be hella mad, but to be honest thank the lord he wasn’t nominated, as it gave the Academy the chance to recognize another director’s work in a year that should have seen more variety in the awards giving. Affleck’s direction was mostly derivative and greatly paled against Kathryn Bigelow’s superior handling of a similar subject, his portrayal of the Middle East being Americanized, cliched and flat-out wrong. I hope he’ll be back though with a greater effort and this Oscar attention makes him strive to be a better director.

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    Jake
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    Don’t only directors vote for directors? If so, I don’t know whether Ben Affleck would have been invited to this branch as of right now.

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    Riley
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    In nominating, directors only vote for directors; in wins, everyone can vote for pretty much everything.

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    Atypical
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    I suspect Affleck’s vote went to Spielberg. It seems a tad petty to me to not vote for anyone just b/c you were snubbed. You’re still an Academy member and a producing nominee in the BP frontrunner (and eventual winner). Do your due diligence and suck it up.

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    seabel
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    If it had been me, the truth is that I would have skipped that category on my ballot.

    It would have broken my heart to check off another person’s name.

    You would be a very bad loser.

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    seabel
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    All the Spielberg kowtowing makes me sick. Several filmmakers turned in much more focused and visionary direction this year that to single him out points to much of what is wrong with the media-driven, mogul- and box office- worshipping system. I wish Affleck had paid tribute to the great directors, nominated and not nominated, and to Best Director winner Ang Lee, validating his win—not to just one person who is significantly overrated compared to other directors (see Sight and Sound 2012 for a wake-up call) and sadly the most popular choice when the unsophisticated public is asked who the greatest director is.

    This.

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    Malick
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    All the Spielberg kowtowing makes me sick. Several filmmakers turned in much more focused and visionary direction this year that to single him out points to much of what is wrong with the media-driven, mogul- and box office- worshipping system. I wish Affleck had paid tribute to the great directors, nominated and not nominated, and to Best Director winner Ang Lee, validating his win—not to just one person who is significantly overrated compared to other directors (see Sight and Sound 2012 for a wake-up call) and sadly the most popular choice when the unsophisticated public is asked who the greatest director is.

    All things considered, I think Affleck voted for Russell, or as has been mentioned he left the category blank–I would have! I know missing the nomination burned him and he has right to be hella mad, but to be honest thank the lord he wasn’t nominated, as it gave the Academy the chance to recognize another director’s work in a year that should have seen more variety in the awards giving. Affleck’s direction was mostly derivative and greatly paled against Kathryn Bigelow’s superior handling of a similar subject, his portrayal of the Middle East being Americanized, cliched and flat-out wrong. I hope he’ll be back though with a greater effort and this Oscar attention makes him strive to be a better director.

    Well Said.

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