Ben Affleck I think by the majority of Americans is more remembered for being a crap actor. From Armagedeon through the mid-2000s he only starred in pretty much crap movies like Pearl Harbor, Daredevil, and Gigli. It was becoming a consensus that he merely got lucky meeting Matt Damon and Kevin Smith, and that Damon was the real brains behind Good Will Hunting. Then he started getting behind the director's chair and started making great movies again. I still don't think he's a great actor, but its now hard to deny that he is a great director and a great filmmaker.
Affleck getting snubbed for Argo is a disgrace. I really just think that those snobs at the Academy haven't forgiven him for his Michael Bay and Kevin Smith days. If Martin Scorsese or the Coen Brothers directed this film, he'd be an almost shoein for the win.
I'm not going to say I told you so...but....
I said back way before Argo was released that:
1) Ben Affleck was probably the best sub 40 director out there, and easily Top 15-20 out of everyone.
2) That all three previous movies revealed a ton of talent behind the camera and a very classical approach to cinema.
3) That Argo would be awesome.
I think he'll get his due. It took Nolan a long time to get noticed and Prestige, probably a modern classic, had almost 0 critical recognition.
The Academy was...weird..this year. Life of Pi with 11 nominations? And that movie wasn't panned but it wasn't received well either (I'm not judging since I haven't seen it), but it's rare for a movie, especially with that content and strange story, to be nominated with such little real critical praise (since the Oscars usually serve the critics).
I hope that it isn't distaste for Affleck.