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The Oscars: A Winning Night for Argo

By Mary Millus 15

The 85th Annual Academy Awards ceremony was a night to remember. The members of the academy came out to honor their fellow actors and actresses as they crossed their fingers and prayed for the opportunity of winning perhaps the highest award in the film industry.

Seth MacFarlane put on a comedic yet elegant show featuring spectacular dance and musical performances by our favorite stars, including a dance performance by Channing Tatum and Charlize Theron, performances by Jennifer Hudson, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Barbra Streisand. Adele gave a chilling rendition of her hit single "Skyfall" which she was commissioned to write for the latest James Bond movie by same name. Later that night, her song won the academy award for Best Original Song.

However, the real triumph of the night was the 2012 Academy awards Best Picture winner. "Argo", directed by Ben Affleck. The film is based on true events where six American diplomats working at the United States embassy in Iran, were able to escape the siege of the embassy at the start of the Iranian hostage crisis. The CIA was eventually ordered to come up with a plan to get the six hostages, who had sought refuge at the official residence of the Canadian ambassador, out of Iran. An ex filtration expert named Tony Mendez, played by Affleck, devises a daring plan in which the six Americans in question would be smuggled out of Iran in the guise of a Canadian production crew scouting locations to film a science fiction movie entitled "Argo."

It was the first best picture winner not to have its director nominated for best director since 1989’s "Driving Miss Daisy." Many critics believe that it was due to Affleck being snubbed a best director nomination that Argo won for best picture. People have been so bold as to say that the academy realized their mistake too late, and to make up for Affleck’s loss of a nomination there was an outpouring of votes for Argo in the best picture category from Affleck sympathizers.

Regarding the other Best Picture nominees, Afflack said this as he accepted his Oscar, "There are eight great films that have every right, as much a right to be up here as we do." The nominees included: Les Miserables, Lincoln, Life of Pi, Silver Linings Playbook, Amour, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Django Unchained and Zero Dark Thirty.

Once the fog of controversy dissipates, any movie buff, historian, film industry star, or casual movie goer would agree that Argo was a solid film, and one to be remembered for years to come, both for its message of hope and for its accurate recreation of a potential tragedy turned into a triumph.

Source: Kevin, Winter. Oscars 2013: "Argo" wins bet picture. CBS News, 24, February 2013. Web. 26 Feb 2013.