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Snubbed Argo director Affleck to present at Oscars

Published on Feb 15, 2013 6:02 AM
 
Ben Affleck poses as he arrives for the British Academy of Film and Arts awards ceremony at the Royal Opera House in London on Feb 10, 2013. Affleck will join the presenting cast for next week's Oscars, organisers said on Thursday, despite the perceived snub that saw him miss the best director nominees' shortlist. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - Ben Affleck will join the presenting cast for next week's Oscars, organisers said on Thursday, despite the perceived snub that saw him miss the best director nominees' shortlist.

Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence, nominated for best actress for romcom Silver Linings Playbook, and Jessica Chastain, frontrunner for her role in Osama bin Laden manhunt film Zero Dark Thirty, will also present awards.

Affleck's Iran hostage crisis drama Argo is nominated for best picture Oscar - and could cause an upset for veteran Steven Spielberg's Lincoln, after sweeping up top prizes during Hollywood's awards season so far.

But the actor and film-maker was seen as having been snubbed when he failed to make the director nominees' list, announced in January. Zero Dark Thirty director Kathryn Bigelow was also left off, raising some eyebrows.

 
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