The direction is one of the strongest aspects of Argo. The pace and tension are outstanding. But I wasn't impressed by Afleck's performance. It was fine; serviceable. But nothing extremely award worthy about it, in my opinion.
So glad Beasts of the Southern Wild is getting the love it deserves.
I totally see nominating Les Mis. It's a solid movie that breaks into transcendence at times. Hathaway, Seyfried, Barks, Redmayne, Jackman (though vocally strident) are all outstanding. Hooper's direction is beautiful as well.