Argo, a film directed by Ben Affleck who is known for the Oscar award winning film – Good Will Hunting is starting the year with a bang after receiving a Golden Globe for Best Director and now his new drama film is awaiting verdict at the 2013 Oscars. Argo is a movie based on true events that occurred in an Iranian revolution that occurred in 1979. Argo stars Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston, John Goodman, Alan Arkin and Scoot McNairy. Check out the latest buzz on this new movie below:
“Why Argo Deserves An Oscar?
Like the perfectly-constructed dramas Academy voters fawn over year after year, the bumpy journey of Ben Affleck’s Argo — a film that owned, then quickly disappeared from, the awards conversation — may deserve an Oscar of its own. It all depends on the ending: whether the beloved Affleck can come from behind to take home the Academy’s Best Picture award after losing traction in the wake of its release. After Sunday night’s Golden Globes, the actor-turned-director was looking like a prize fighter ready to go all the way:
Affleck picked up the Globe for “Best Director” followed by a “Best Motion Picture, Drama” win for his true story thriller, the unbelievable story of a 1979 mission to rescue Iranian Embassy members under the masquerade of a sci-fi blockbuster production. The win is bittersweet for Affleck, who only days before was snubbed by the Academy Awards in their Best Director category. Argo picked up a nomination for Best Picture, but support for the movie looked minimal without Affleck in the Director top five.
Which also makes the Globes win a surprise. Argo is one of the many “prestige” films, movies one would never find in the first 8 months of the year when Hollywood floods the market with blockbusters, to beat the odds and make big bucks at the box office. Since its Oct. 12 release date, Argo has grossed over $111.6 million, picking up coveted critics awards along the way. Affleck’s third feature was always considered a frontrunner; like two movies perfectly weaved together, Argo kicks off with the heart of a caper comedy before segueing into an intense thriller worthy of greats like Michael Mann and Sydney Pollack. A movie about movies, Argo had all the right parts for a Best Picture contender. The only thing going against it was time.
Since 2000, only four of the Best Picture-winning films have been released before November. A majority of nominees have also been late-year releases — like the “bet $1″ strategy in Price Is Right, movie studios’ hope is that releasing their Oscar hopefuls closer to the actual voting deadlines will give them an edge. Argobuilt up strong buzz when it was first released, but with heavy-hitters like Lincoln, Silver Linings Playbook, Life of Pi, and Les Miserables popping up before the Academy called for votes, Affleck’s gem lost luster. The Social Network ran into the same problem when it was released on Oct. 1, 2010. David Fincher’s riveting drama was the one to beat for months after it debuted. The King’s Speech arrived in December to steal its thunder.”
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