Didja watch last night's ACADEMY AWARDS ceremony? We always do here at the DUNER BLOG. Didja see how they awarded the top prize for BEST PICTURE? It was announced via satellite link from the White House. First Lady Michelle Obama ripped open that goofy, over sized, golden envelope. She smiled and announced: "And the winner for BEST PICTURE is ARGO!" Back in California, the audience erupted into applause as Director and Producer BEN AFFLECK hoisted the golden statue high in the air. Even GEORGE CLOONEY was involved!
However, in Tehran, no one was celebrating. The movie about the Embassy Occupation is not popular there. Iranian state media called the film an "unflattering portrayal of the Islamic Revolution." The culture minister, Mohammad Hosseini, dismissed the picture as "an advertisement for the C.I.A." Likewise, Tehran City Council Member Masoomeh Ebtekar...who was a young college student back in 1979 and took part in the Embassy occupation...claims Hollywood terribly exaggerated the violence that happened that day. The final-climax-airport-chase-scene never occurred in real life either.