ARGO: Disappointing Choice For Best Picture


The Academy Awards Sunday night was all it’s supposed to be; pomp and circumstance, glitz and glamour, limousines and red carpet. It was one of the better and more entertaining awards show.  Often, one can find themselves bored and uninterested but this year the show saw the correct balance of awards, and entertainment.  Although not a particular fan of Barbara Streisand, she looked great and sounded amazing, belting out The Way We Were.  She is an icon.  Seth MacFarlane for his part was a great host despite what some might consider his over-the-top humor.  His opening with William Shatner was more than a little amusing.  Even the last musical number with Kristin Chenoweth, “Here’s to the losers” was controversial, although quite funny.  There were few surprises as many of the categories were up for grabs.  But there was one huge upset, despite the fact it wasn’t an upset, ARGO.  Two, if not four movies, were clearly better.  But of course it’s a matter of opinion and who knows why the Academy votes the way it does.  Clearly, Lincoln was a far better film and should have taken the honor but Zero Dark Thirty was also a strong candidate.  The largest detraction from Argo was its historical inaccuracies.  The movie made Tony Mendez into a hero but he was not hero portrayed in the movie.  if not for the Canadians, there is no Argo.  Not enough credit was given to our friends to the north.  They put themselves on the line to save our citizens.  The CIA was the minor player in this rescue.  There was no airplane scene as portrayed at the end of the film.  It was a complete fabrication; simple, Hollywood drama.  Important historical inaccuracies in non-fiction, are disturbing since many people will never know the actual circumstances of the rescue.  They believe what they’ve just witnessed.  If the actual events on the ground aren’t exciting enough, perhaps you shouldn’t be making the movie.  Poor character development early on, left the viewer indifferent to the plight of these six Americans who were far less intriguing or important than those left behind.   You don’t care about these characters until they’re on the plane at the end of the movie.   Finally, the fifty-two Americans left behind should have received greater recognition of their 444 days in captivity.  They were the true heroes.

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