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Ex-Canada PM: New documentary better than ‘Argo’

Former Canadian ambassador to Iran Ken Taylor of documentary "Our Man in Tehran" poses for a photo during the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013. AP/The Canadian Press, Galit Rodan

A former Canadian prime minister says the real story of how a former Canadian ambassador protected Americans during the 1979 Iran hostage crisis is a “better story” than Ben Affleck’s Oscar-winning picture “Argo.”

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At Toronto Film Fest, Oscar isn’t the only rage

This film publicity image released by Toronto International Film Festival shows, from left, Benedict Cumberbatch, Carice van Houten, Daniel Bruhl and Moritz Bleibtreu in a scene from "The Fifth Estate," being shown during the Toronto International Film Festival. AP

The roads taken to the Academy Awards are many, but they usually run through Toronto.

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Hits and misses at the Oscars

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Director Ang Lee FILE PHOTO

The biggest and most unexpected winner at last week’s Academy Awards was Ang Lee, who trounced Steven Spielberg in the Best Director race with “Life of Pi,” vis-a-vis Spielberg’s “Lincoln,” which was generally expected to romp off with the directing and Best Picture trophies, but did no such thing because the topmost plum went to “Argo,” instead! —So, “Lincoln” was the evening’s top loser,—a most undeserved fate.

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Oscar winner ‘Argo’ sparks history debate

This undated publicity film image released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows Bryan Cranston, left, as Jack O'Donnell and Ben Affleck as Tony Mendez in "Argo,"  a rescue thriller about the 1979 Iranian hostage crisis.  A best-picture win at the upcoming Oscars could be viewed as righting a wrong after Affleck inexplicably missed out on a best-director nomination.  (AP Photo/Warner Bros., Claire Folger, File)

“Argo,” which won best picture Oscar Sunday (Monday in Manila), tells the true story of a CIA operation to spirit six US hostages out of Iran—even if it takes liberties with history, by its makers’ own admission.

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‘Argo’ wins best picture in 85th Academy Awards

Actor Jack Nicholson, left, presents the the award for best picture to producer/director Ben Affleck for "Argo" during the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre on Sunday Feb. 24, 2013, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

“Argo” wins best picture in the 85th Academy Awards.

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Hollywood hits red carpet for unpredictable Oscars

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A statue in the likeness of an Oscar award is displayed on the red carpet for the 85th Academy Awards in Los Angeles, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013. The Academy Awards are scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013. Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP

Hollywood hit the red carpet Sunday for the Oscars, with Ben Affleck’s Iran hostage drama “Argo” bidding to edge out Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln” in one of the most open races in years.

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‘Argo,’ ‘Lincoln’ Oscar favorites

Statuettes in the likeness of the Oscar award are displayed across the street from the Hollywood and Highland complex in Los Angeles. AP

Giant coffee table books, iPod Shuffles, signed letters from directors, even “Lincoln” turkey roasting pans.

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‘Argo’ tipped as Hollywood counts down to Oscars

Grant Heslov (center), Ben Affleck (right) and George Clooney pose with the Best Film award for their film Argo during the annual BAFTA British Academy Film Awards at the Royal Opera House in London on February 10, 2013. AFP FILE PHOTO

The stage is set for the 85th Academy Awards on Sunday, with Ben Affleck’s Iran hostage drama “Argo” bidding to edge out Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln” at the climax of Hollywood’s awards season.

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Ex-Canada ambassador slighted by Affleck’s ‘Argo’

Former Canadian Ambassador Ken Taylor and his wife Pat, pose for photographers at the premiere of the film Argo in Washington. AP File Photo

The Canadian former ambassador to Iran who protected Americans at great personal risk during the 1979 Iran hostage crisis says it will reflect poorly on Ben Affleck if he doesn’t say a few words about Canada’s role if the director’s film “Argo” wins the Oscar for best picture Sunday.

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Canada ambassador says he feels slighted by “Argo”

This undated publicity film image released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows Bryan Cranston, left, as Jack O'Donnell and Ben Affleck as Tony Mendez in "Argo," a rescue thriller about the 1979 Iranian hostage crisis. A best-picture win at the upcoming Oscars could be viewed as righting a wrong after Affleck inexplicably missed out on a best-director nomination. AP

Canada’s former ambassador to Iran, who protected Americans at great personal risk during the Iran hostage crisis of 1979, said Friday if “Argo” wins the Oscar for best picture on Sunday there would be something wrong with director Ben Affleck if he didn’t mention Canada.

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‘Argo,’ ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ win at Writers Guild

Writer Mark Boal, winner of the Writers Guild Award for Best Original Screenplay poses in the press room during the 2013 WGAw Writers Guild Awards at JW Marriott Los Angeles at L.A. LIVE on February 17, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.   Jason Kempin/Getty Images for WGAw/AFP

The CIA thrillers “Argo” and “Zero Dark Thirty” have won top screenplay honors from the Writers Guild of America.

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‘Argo’ named best film at Britain’s Oscars

Grant Heslov (center), Ben Affleck (right) and George Clooney pose with the Best Film award for their film Argo during the annual BAFTA British Academy Film Awards at the Royal Opera House in London on February 10, 2013. AFP FILE PHOTO

Iran-hostage drama “Argo” has been named best picture at the British Academy Film Awards.

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