Argo Wins Again!

Argo won another award last night at the Screen Actors Guild Awards.  After this win and the win at the Golden Globes for Best Motion Picture – Drama, could Argo win the Oscar as well?

In the past five years, only one film has swept the Oscars, the Golden Globes and the Screen Actors Guild Awards. That movie: Slumdog Millionaire in 2008.  This British-Indian film stunned audiences everywhere with its violent and candid look into the dramas behind the news-feeds.  The film used international actors, settings, and crew members. With this foreign sensibility, did that win Slumdog the big three?

Argo appeals to the same foreign categories. The film takes place in the heart of Iran in 1979. The characters are American workers harbored up with Canadian ambassadors during the hostage situation at the American embassy. Ben Affleck, director, used international characters in a historical event; could this be enough to grab the Academy Award? I think yes. Even though Ben Affleck missed out on a nomination for Best Director at the Oscars, the film’s aesthetics, content, and performance has enough to snag yet another Best Picture award.

In my opinion, Argo’s biggest competition for the Best Picture award is Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty.

Kristel Lugo/CW44 Tampa Bay

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