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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

(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."

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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. (Read more Iran stories.)

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