It’s gotten to a point where every award won counts as “the Oscars.” Oscar turned his back on the consensus rules which said Ben Affleck and Kathryn Bigelow should have been nominees – and when that happened, the industry and consensus forced things back to where they think they belong. Thus, Oscar will be forced to adhere to the status quo it strayed from to begin with. Funny, isn’t it? But if any film WITH a director nomination wins, the rules will have been (mostly) adhered to. Looking at this pic, though, I’m starting to think people are seeing Ben Affleck as the star of his own Oscar movie and they want it have a happy ending. Thanks to Michelle McCue for the pic.