“Argo” locks down DGA prize — will Oscar surprise us?

With the Directors Guild of America handing out its top prize to “Argo” Saturday night, that makes it pretty much a clean sweep of pre-Oscar prizes of import for Ben Affleck’s fine “Hollywood version” of history and ticking clock thriller.

With the Globes, Critics Choice, SAG and other awards attached to the film, it looks like Ben Affleck won’t go home empty handed Oscar night after all. Best director? He may be the new Spielberg, the guy they NEVER want to acknowledge is of the first rank, even as he cranks out smart, prestigious hits for Warner Brothers.

“Lincoln,” “Les Mis, “Life of Pi” and “Silver Linings Playbook” all feel like long shots for the top prize Feb. 24. As this Deadline.com story notes, only six times since the ’40s has a DGA winner not turned out to be the director of a best picture winner.

But you never really know. The official Oscar ballots/voting don’t go out-take place until next weekend.

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