Why do you think the academy directors didn't go for Affleck when nominating? Do you think it's because he's an actor and they wanted to shut him out? I can't believe that they truly felt that Benh Zeitlin did a better job than Affleck. Or maybe they were got at by Fox!
I'm ready to call shenanigans!
it may be as simple as there being little to choose between the leading candidates and him missing out by a small margin (one theory is that Affleck and Bigalow may have taken potential votes off each other)....or perhaps a certain number of members figuring that Affleck is a young guy with plenty of years as a director ahead of him.
I don't really think there is an anti-affleck vibe here at all, personally, but it is looking increasingly embarrassing for the academy that he didn't make the shortlist.