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Oscars 2013: Did 'Argo' Deserve To Win?

Dale Chong |
February 24, 2013 | 9:33 p.m. PST

Staff Reporter

The 2013 Oscars has finally arrived and everyone's lined up their predictions, the most popular of which is the category of Best Picture. A lot of hype was built up for this prestigious category. "Argo" stood along with fellow nominees "Lincoln," "Silver Linings Playbook," "Life of Pi," "Les Miserables," "Zero Dark Thirty," "Django Unchained," "Beasts Of The Southern Wild," and "Amour." For the most part, "Argo" was heavily predicted to win the Oscar for Best Picture. However, there has been quite a bit of support for the other nominees as well. 

The top two runners for the award were "Argo" and "Lincoln." Both shared many of the same nominations, and had great reason to earn the most anticipated title of the evening. Not only is "Lincoln" a nominee for Best Picture, it is also nominated for seven other categories including Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing, Best Music (Original Score), and Best Production Design, not to mention the various individual nominees such as Daniel Day-Lewis for Best Actor, and Sally Fields for Best Supporting Actress. Clearly, "Lincoln" has earned the right for recognition. "Lincoln" was the highest grossing film of all the nominees, closely followed by "Django Unchained" and "Les Miserables," and after that "Argo."

Some might have guessed that "Les Miserables" would take home the little gold statue. The incredible never-before-done approach of creating its soundtrack gave the story more credibility and meaning. Its overall production is outstanding as well, yet it is rare for a musical-to-movie adaptation wins a title like Best Picture. With its fresh take on musical-movies, "Les Miserables" proudly earned its nomination. 

Ben Affleck receiving the Oscar for Best Picture (TwitPic)
Ben Affleck receiving the Oscar for Best Picture (TwitPic)
Overall, "Argo" won its Oscar fairly. Ben Affleck's direction takes an approach to this true-story based film like no other. Many would say "Argo" came out with its win unexpectedly. Up against all of the films nominated, it almost sounds like "Argo" did not receive as much attention as others. It also is the fourth film in Academy Awards history to win Best Picture without having a nomination for Best Director (unlike fellow nominees "Lincoln," "Silver Linings Playbook," "Life of Pi," "Amour," and "Beasts of the Southern Wild"). As "Argo" took home the gold statue and Affleck made an hasty yet endearing acceptance speech, it became Hollywood's favorite film of the year.

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Anonymous (not verified) on April 16, 2013 10:05 AM

I think with all the other good movies like Life of Pi, Zero Dark Thirty and Django Unchained, Argo did not deserve to win. Here is some more info on that http://www.whystuffwhy.com/why-did-argo-win-the-oscar-2013/

Donna Pearman (not verified) on March 7, 2013 1:08 PM

I think Les Miserables should have run the best picture.It had such a fantastic music and acting.I was
really moved by the movie-People don't understand when movies are adapted from another medium

esswasIm (not verified) on March 1, 2013 1:19 PM

lets just compare the experience we get watching in Life of Pi with the experience we get watching Argo, the diffence is enormous and heavily in favor of Life of Pi, which part of Argo is better than Life of Pi ? it is awful on part of Oscars that they gave Argo the best picture whereas the unique cinema of this year was Life of Pi, the movie that stays with you for life, such movies are not made often and movies like Argo are simply everyday stuff and forgettable as soon we eat a snack outside the theatre lol

Anonymous (not verified) on February 27, 2013 10:04 AM

hello everyone
wasnot it obvious that lincoln was the winner, they gave the oscar to argo just to continue arguing with Iran, if not why michelle obama came to give the award, it was obvious that argo didnot deserve that, some of information was wrong, this is rediculous that america mixes the govermental problems with the hollywood movies I feel sorry for the directot of Lincoln, he deserved to win.

Anonymous (not verified) on February 25, 2013 6:05 AM

The academy of motion picture arts and science does not care for steven spielberg and it was clear he would not win for best director or best motion picture. spielberg is one of the greatest directors who ever lived and that tells you a lot about the oscars.