Based on true events, Argo chronicles the life-or-death covert operation to rescue six Americans, which unfolded behind the scenes of the Iran hostage crisis–the truth of which was unknown by the public for decades. On November 4, 1979, as the Iranian revolution reaches its boiling point, militants storm the U.S. embassy in Tehran, taking 52 Americans hostage. But, in the midst of the chaos, six Americans manage to slip away and find refuge in the home of the Canadian ambassador. Knowing it is only a matter of time before the six are found out and likely killed, a CIA “exfiltration” specialist named Tony Mendez (Ben Affleck) comes up with a risky plan to get them safely out of the country. A plan so incredible, it could only happen in the movies.
Although Ben Affleck was snubbed by the Academy for the Best Director category of the upcoming 2013 Oscar Awards, “Argo” received seven nominations: Best Sound Mixing, Best Original Score, Best Sound Editing, Best Film Editing, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Supporting Actor for Alan Arkin and Best Picture.
At the 70th Golden Globe Awards, the film won Best Motion Picture – Drama and Best Director for Affleck. The Critics Choice and BAFTA also awarded “Argo” Best Picture and Best Director not to mention rave-reviews it received from most film critics around the world.
So watch the film on DVD or Blu-Ray before it bags the Best Picture plum in this year’s Academy Awards, happening Sunday night, February 24, 2013.
“Argo” – Full Trailer: