, History, Biography

Director: Ben Affleck Cast: Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston, Alan Arkin, John Goodman, Victor Garber, Tate Donovan, Clea DuVall, Scoot McNairy, Rory Cochrane, Christopher Denham, Kerry Bishé, Kyle Chandler, Chris Messina, Zeljko Ivanek, Titus Welliver, Keith Szarabajka, Bob Gunton, Richard Kind, Richard Dillane, Omid Abtahi, Page Leong, Farshad Farahat, Sheila Vand, Tom Lenk, Taylor Schilling

Academy Awards: Best Picture; Best Adapted Screenplay (Chris Terrio); Best Film Editing

Also Nominated For: Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Alan Arkin); Best Original Score (Alexandre Desplat); Best Sound Mixing; Best Sound Editing

I First Saw In: 2012

Synopsis: Acting under the cover of a Hollywood producer scouting a location for a science fiction film, a CIA agent launches a dangerous operation to rescue six Americans in Tehran during the U.S. hostage crisis in Iran in 1980.

Did You Know? This was the first Best Picture winner since Grand Hotel not to receive a nomination for Best Director or one of the Lead Acting categories.

Quotables: REPORTER: What does “Argo” mean?
SIEGEL: I don’t know.
REPORTER: You don’t know?
SIEGEL: It means “Argo fuck yourself”.

And now a Word from the Guise:
Argo‘s triumph at the Oscars was vindication for Ben Affleck after having been cheated out of a Best Director nomination. I breathed a sigh of relief when First Lady Michelle Obama declared Argo the winner, for it was bar none my favourite film of the year. I was tense with anticipation the entire time, holding my breath for unhealthy lengths of time, waiting for something terrible to happen.

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