By Nestor U. Torre
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.
“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.
“Argo” wins best picture in the 85th Academy Awards.
By Michael Thurston
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.
Giant coffee table books, iPod Shuffles, signed letters from directors, even “Lincoln” turkey roasting pans.
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.
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.
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.
The CIA thrillers “Argo” and “Zero Dark Thirty” have won top screenplay honors from the Writers Guild of America.
Iran-hostage drama “Argo” has been named best picture at the British Academy Film Awards.
Three weeks before the much-anticipated Oscars, US film director and actor Ben Affleck won a new top prize for his film “Argo,” a thriller about the rescue of American hostages in Iran.
Iran hostage crisis drama “Argo” won the best film drama prize at the Screen Actors Guild awards Sunday, in yet another boost for its prospects at next month’s all-important Oscars.