Joel McCrea was such a big and beloved Hollywood star that, when Maureen Stapleton won her Best Supporting Actress Academy Award for 1981's Reds, she thanked him in her acceptance speech for the joy his performances gave her. McCrea's great performance in the 1962 western, Ride the High Country, was referenced in Annie Proulx's acclaimed short story, Brokeback Mountain. McCrea was terrific in two of the top Preston Sturges screwball comedies. He was the broke husband who gets irritated when his loving wife sets out to turn his fortunes around by separating and attracting a generous millionaire in The Palm Beach Story (1942).
Ben Affleck did not receive a Best Director Oscar nomination for Argo. But he is nominated as producer in the Best Picture category for it.