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Iran Is Not Pleased with ‘Argo’ Winning Best Picture

Officials in Iran aren’t too happy about Argo taking home the Best Picture Oscar at last night’s Academy Awards. The Ben Affleck film tells the true story of a secretive CIA operation to rescue American hostages during the 1979 Islamic Revolution. State TV called the film an “advertisement for the CIA”, and accused the award of being “politically motivated” after First Lady Michelle Obama joined the ceremony via video from The White House to present the prize. In recent years, Iran has had a contentious relationship with The Oscars. Authorities shut down the film studio responsible for The Separation, the Iranian movie that won last year’s Best Foreign Film prize. Also in 2012, This Is Not a Film, which follows an Iranian filmmaker appealing a conviction for creating “propaganda against the regime”, was named a shortlist finalist for the Best Documentary Oscar …

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