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Monday, 25 February 2013
'Argo' and Ben Affleck
HOLLYWOOD (AFP) – “Argo,” which won best picture Oscar Sunday, 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.
The movie, directed and starring Ben Affleck, became the surprise frontrunner for the top statuette after sweeping a string of top prizes in Hollywood’s annual awards season, which wrapped up with the Oscars.
Affleck racked up awards from the Golden Globes, the Screen Actors Guild (SAG), Directors Guild of America (DGA) and Producers Guild of America (PGA) in the weeks before Sunday’s Academy Awards show.
“I was here 15 years ago or something, and, you know, I had no idea what I was doing,” Affleck said, referring to his 1998 Oscar win with Matt Damon for best original screenplay for “Good Will Hunting.”
“I never thought that I would be back here.”
Days after Affleck’s film won the best film Golden Globe last month, Tehran announced that it was making its own movie about the American hostage drama during the 1979 Islamic revolution.
“Argo” might have won the top Oscar, as well as awards for best adapted screenplay and best film editing, but Affleck was left off the shortlist for best director, in what was widely seen as a snub to the actor-turned-filmmaker.