By Joanna Crawley On January 16, 2013

Could Ben Affleck Win The Best Director Oscar Thanks To Voting Loophole?

Argo director could still walk away with the gong despite not being nominated

Ben Affleck's Oscar nomination snub for the Best Director award shocked the industry, and now following 'Argo's' big wins at the Critic's Choice Awards and the Golden Globes there's talk that the director could still walk away with the big prize, thanks to a voting loophole.

Ben picked up the gongs for Best Director at both the Critic's Choice awards and the Golden Globes at the weekend, leading insiders wondering why on earth the actor turned director didn't gain a nomination for next month's Academy Awards.

Along with Kathryn Bigelow (Zero Dark Thirty), Tom Hooper (Les Miserables) and Quentin Tarantino (Django Unchained) Ben was left off the nominees list despite 'Argo' and all the above films being among the Academy’s nine best picture picks.

Ben has been putting on a brave face over the snub even quipping when he picked up the Critic's Choice prize: "I'd like to thank the Academy."

Now though there seems to be a glimmer of hope on the horizon for Ben as The Hollywood Reporter has dug up a little known loophole which technically could see him pick up the coveted Oscar.

Ben Affleck's Oscar snub shocked the industry (WENN)

The reports cites the long defunct write-in vote. When Bette Davis failed to land a nomination as Best Actress for 'Of Human Bondage'  in 1934, the outcry led to a write-in, where any voter was permitted to "write on the battot his or her personal choice for the winners", according to Academy president, Howard Estabrook. This was the first time in the Academy's history, that a candidate not officially nominated for an award was considered.

In the final tally, at a time when the Academy made the votes public, Davis managed to finish third. The following year, cinematographer Hal Mohr became the first and only person to win an Oscar via a write-in campaign when he was honored for 'A Midsummer Night’s Dream.'

Write-in voting has been banned ever since as it would require not only a signoff by the Academy’s board of governors, but also a major revamping of the voting process which has already been slammed by critics this year for it's error-prone online system. 

So realistically it looks like Ben probably only has a very slim chance of picking up the award through a protest vote but nevertheless it might help if his Hollywood pals got their pens out...

Tags : Ben Affleck, Oscars, Academy Awards

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