Today’s Highlight in History:On Feb. 4,1913
,Rosa Parks,a black woman whose 1955refusal to give up her seat on a Montgomery,Ala.,city bus to awhite man sparked a civil rights revolution,was born RosaLouise McCauley in Tuskegee,Ala.
On this date:In 1783
,Britain’s King George III proclaimed a formal cessa-tion of hostilities in the American Revolutionary War.
,electors chose George Washington to be the ﬁrst pres-ident of the United States.
,New York Gov. Franklin D. Roosevelt opened theWinter Olympic Games at Lake Placid.
,the Thornton Wilder play “Our Town”opened onBroadway. Walt Disney’s animated feature “Snow White andthe Seven Dwarfs”opened in general U.S. release.
,the United Service Organizations (USO) came intoexistence.
,St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital was founded inMemphis,Tenn.,by entertainer Danny Thomas.
,Mariner 9,orbiting Mars,transmitted images of thered planet.
,newspaper heiress Patricia Hearst was kidnapped inBerkeley,Calif.,by the Symbionese Liberation Army.
,more than 23,000 people died when a severe earth-quake struck Guatemala with a magnitude of 7.5,according tothe U.S. Geological Survey.
,pop singer-musician Karen Carpenter died inDowney,Calif.,at age 32.
,pianist Liberace died at his Palm Springs,Calif.,home at age 67.
Ten years ago:
President George W. Bush visited the JohnsonSpace Center in Houston,where he led a tribute to the lost crewof the shuttle Columbia and rededicated the nation to spacetravel.Actor William Phipps is 91. Former Argentinian PresidentIsabel Peron is 82. Comedian David Brenner is 77. Actor GaryConway is 77. Movie director George A. Romero is 73. Rock musician John Steel (The Animals) is 72. Rock singer AliceCooper is 65. Actress Lisa Eichhorn is 61. Football Hall-of-Famer Lawrence Taylor is 54. Rock singer Tim Booth is 53.Rock musician Henry Bogdan is 52. Country singer Clint Black is 51. Actress Gabrielle Anwar is 43. Actor Rob Corddry is 42.Singer David (dah-VEED’) Garza is 42. Actor Michael Goorjianis 42. Rock musician Rick Burch (Jimmy Eat World) is 38.Singer Natalie Imbruglia (em-BROO’-lee-ah) is 38.
Afﬂeck’s ‘Argo’winsDirectors Guild top honor
LOS ANGELES — Ben Afﬂeck haswon the top ﬁlm honor from the DirectorsGuild of America for his CIA thriller“Argo,”further sealing its status as best-picture front-runner at the AcademyAwards.Saturday’s prize also normally wouldmake Afﬂeck a near shoo-in to win best-director at the Feb. 24 Oscars,since theDirectors Guild recipient nearly alwaysgoes on to claim the same prize atHollywood’s biggest night.But Afﬂeck surprisingly missed out onan Oscar directing nomination,alongwith several other key favorites,includingfellow Directors Guild contendersKathryn Bigelow for “Zero Dark Thirty”and Tom Hooper for “Les Miserables.”Affleck’s Oscar snub has not hurt“Argo”and may even have earned it somefavor among awards voters as an under-dog favorite. “Argo”has dominated otherawards since the Oscar nominations.“I don’t think that this makes me a realdirector,but I think it means I’m on myway,”said Afﬂeck,who won for just histhird ﬁlm behind the camera.The Directors Guild honors continuedHollywood’s strange awards season,which could culminate with a big Oscarwin for Afﬂeck’s “Argo.”The guild’sprize for best director typically is a ﬁnalblessing for the ﬁlm that goes on to winbest-picture and director at the Oscars.Afﬂeck cango only one-for-two at theOscars,though. While“Argo”is upfor best pic-ture,thedirector’sbranch of theAcademy of MotionPicture Artsand Sciencesoverlookedhim for a directing slot.Backstage at the Directors Guild hon-ors,Afﬂeck said he had nothing butrespect for the academy and that “you’renot entitled to anything.”“I’m thrilled and honored that the acad-emy nominated me as a producer of themovie,”Afﬂeck said. “I know our movie,we’re a little bit underdog and a little bitthe little engine that could,and you takeme out of it maybe helps ... it’s just aboutthat picture. I feel like it’s OK,I’m real-ly lucky,I’m in a good place.”With 12 Oscar nominations,StevenSpielberg’s Civil War saga “Lincoln”ini-tially looked like the Oscar favorite oversuch other potential favorites as “Argo,”“Les Miserables”and “Zero Dark Thirty,”since ﬁlms generally have littlechance of winning best picture if they arenot nominated for best director. Onlythree ﬁlms have done it in 84 years,mostrecently 1989’s best-picture champ“Driving Miss Daisy,”which failed toearn a directing nomination for BruceBeresford.But Afﬂeck’s “Argo,”in which he alsostars as a CIA operative who hatches abold plan to rescue six Americans duringthe hostage crisis in Iran,has swept up allthe major awards since the Oscar nomi-nations. “Argo”won best drama anddirector at the Golden Globes and topfilm honors from the Screen ActorsGuild and the Producers Guild of America.Many of the same ﬁlm professionalswho vote in guild awards also cast ballotsfor the Oscars,so all the wins for “Argo”are a strong sign that the ﬁlm has theinside track for best picture.Milos Forman,a two-time DirectorsGuild and Oscar winner for “One FlewOver the Cuckoo’s Nest”and“Amadeus,”received the group’s life-time-achievement award. GuildPresident Taylor Hackford let the crowdin a toast to Forman,who was ill andunable to attend.Malik Bendjelloul won the guild’sdocumentary award for “Searching forSugar Man,”his study of the fate of crit-ically acclaimed but obscure 1970ssinger-songwriter Rodriquez. The ﬁlmalso is nominated for best documentary atthe Oscars.Jay Roach won the guild trophy for TVmovies and miniseries for “GameChange,”his drama starring JulianneMoore as Sarah Palin in her 2008 vice-presidential run.
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