Iran Fumes Over Argo's Oscar Win
It's 'anti-Iran,' made by 'Zionist' studio
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Feb 25, 2013 7:48 AM CST
George Clooney, from left, Grant Heslov, and Ben Affleck pose with their awards for best picture for "Argo" during at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013, in Los Angeles.   (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP)

(Newser) Argo's Oscar victory isn't going over well in Iran. The country's leading media sources are slamming the film about an Iran hostage crisis rescue, calling it an "anti-Iran" movie "produced by the Zionist company Warner Bros." Critics were particularly peeved at Michelle Obama's presentation of the award, which Fars News noted as "a rare occasion in Oscar history."

Mehr News took issue with Ben Affleck's comment thanking "our friends in Iran who live under terrible circumstances." "After distorting history, Ben Affleck continues to show a bleak picture of Iran," it said. Added another agency: "It seems that (culture official) Javad Shamghadri was not able to use his lobby to prevent an anti-Iran movie from winning." It's all a far cry from last year, when Iran saw the homegrown A Separation win Best Foreign Film, the Washington Post notes. Shamghadri recently said he'd helped secure that victory, with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's backing.

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Joe_American
Feb 27, 2013 3:34 PM CST
Argo was a very White Christian righteous movie. AMEN. Who cares what Iran thinks. And movies made by Iran are bogus and lame. The Iranian movie "A separation" won best foreign film last year because it showed that 70 million Iranians live a miserable life. So, overall, the only movies about Iran that get awards are movies that show that living in Iran is disgusting and horrible.
ppacimr9ball
Feb 26, 2013 1:15 PM CST
If your mad, make a movie studio and make anti-american movies, duh
rosarians
Feb 26, 2013 11:31 AM CST
Ahmadinejad was one of the people who stormed the embassy and took the hostages. The hostages were returned to America on January 20th, the day that president Carter was officially not the president any more. The Iranians dictated the outcome of the election so that is why Ronald Reagan became president. The Iranians said that they would not release the hostages until Carter was out of office. That is why the hostages were held for 444 days. It is a shame on America to let another country dictate who our presidents will be. We should have nuked Iran at that time. I watched the movie Argo and agree that it should have won the Academy Award.