‘Argo’ Fact vs. Fiction: The CIA Weighs In

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Last week marked the 35th anniversary of the start of the Iran hostage crisis, perhaps best known to some moviegoers as “the thing that happens in Argo.” But while learning history by watching Hollywood thrillers may be enjoyable, it’s not really the best way to get an accurate account of events. So the CIA has taken the occasion to fact-check Ben Affleck‘s 2013 Best Picture winner via Twitter.

Some of their reveals may not surprise you (shocker: the Hollywood version is more dramatic) but overall it’s interesting to see how reality stacks up against fiction. Hit the jump to find out “what’s ‘reel’ vs. ‘real,’” as the CIA puts it.

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Before Ben Affleck becomes Batman, he’s getting his own Mondo poster series. The company just revealed they’ve got a new series of limited edition prints coming up, based on the director’s previous films Gone Baby Gone, The Town and Argo. Here’s what the actor/director said about the company:

I’ve always loved Mondo and their passion for film, as well as their talented stable of artists. I was initially drawn by their ability to offer a unique perspective on so many beloved films and am thrilled to see my films become the newest additions to their work.

While we love the blockbuster and cult films the company usually targets, immortalizing Affleck’s small dramas feels likes a smart, surprising departure. Check out the images below. Read More »

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Here are the winners of the 85th Oscars. It was a rather strange year, with only the sixth tie in the history of the awards (for Sound Editing) an excess of references to Chicago, and a surprise win in the Best Director category for Ang Lee. (And those who expected Jessica Chastain to take the Best Actress award were surprised by Jennifer Lawrence winning the award, for Silver Linings Playbook.) Lee’s Life of Pi actually ended up being the night’s big winner, with four Oscars.

As expected, Ben Affleck‘s Argo took Best Picture, with producer Grant Heslov taking the opportunity to really highlight Affleck (also a producer) and give the director time to have the mic. And though the event was hosted by a comedian, Best Actor winner Daniel Day Lewis made the best jokes of the night — surprise, surprise, the guy was better than everyone else in the room.

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2013 seems to be the year of Oscar-themed pop culture art. Gallery 1988 did an amazing event, Mondo is preparing their own extravaganza and Scott Campbell has been adding to his Great Showdowns.

All this week leading up to the 85th Annual Academy Awards, Campbell has been immortalizing some of this year’s Best Picture nominees as Showdowns. And they are just too cool. That’s Argo above but, after the jump, see Beasts of the Southern Wild, Lincoln, Les Miserables and Django Unchained as only Scott C could do them. Read More »

WGA Awards Go to ‘Argo’, ‘Zero Dark Thirty’

In the last major pre-Oscars guild awards, the WGA followed the PGA, the DGA, and the SAG (not to mention the HFPA, the BAFTA, and most every other film-related acronym you can think of) in feting Argo, this time for the excellent adapted screenplay by Chris TerrioMark Boal‘s Zero Dark Thirty nabbed the original screenplay award, but at this point Argo seems a virtual lock to pick up Best Picture come Sunday.

Meanwhile, Malik Bendjelloul‘s documentary Searching for Sugar Man continued its winning streak, while critical faves Breaking BadLouie, and Girls all emerged victorious in the television categories. Hit the jump to see the winners.

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When ‘Argo’ Was Called ‘Lord of Light’

The following story and excerpt come from Jeff Goldsmith:

After winning BAFTAs for Best Director and Best Picture, Argo continues to enjoy its festive awards season glow.

For all the things going right for Argo, it’s interesting to learn more about the history behind the real script’s difficult past (the movie/script inside the movie). The digital iPad magazine Backstory just published issue 04, their awards season issue, and in it they did a profile about a script called Lord of Light by screenwriter Barry Ira Geller — the writer of the script that went on to become known as Argo.

Not only did Backstory track down and interview Geller, who in real life had his script supposedly stolen by the C.I.A., Backstory was also given permission to run original Jack Kirby storyboards and even the first 20 pages of the script that fooled the Iranian government! Now, Backstory gave /Film the exclusive permission to reprint the first four pages of their article, which you can see after the jump as screenshots.

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At this point, the only thing standing between Ben Affleck and a Best Director Oscar would seem to be the pesky fact that he wasn’t nominated for the award. Nevertheless, Affleck and his film Argo have turned into an awards juggernaut, starting with the Best Motion Picture (Drama) and Best Director awards at the Golden Globes, and rolling through various critics groups before taking the ensemble cast award from the Screen Actors Guild, and the top awards from the Directors and Producers guilds.

And now, Argo has won Best Editing, Best Director, and Best Film at the BAFTAs. The list of winners, via the organziation’s press release, is below. Read More »

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