08 december 2012

And The Oscar Goes To ... Argo!

01_argo_iphone.jpgI know it's still too early in the game (especially since this year's match seems to be the most contested in years) but nevertheless: five reasons why Argo is set for gold at the Oscars!


1. It's actually a really good movie. It's easy to be cynical and say that it doesn't matter if a movie is any good - seeing as Driving Miss Daisy and A Beautiful Mind struck gold - but the Oscars' recent track record (No Country for Old Men, The Hurt Locker, The King's Speech, The Artist) undeniably showcases a true love for cinema. (Yes, I left out Slumdog Millionaire, although that actually wasn't half bad, if you like your honey shaken, not stirred.)


2. It's a testament to American bravery and perseverance, which could work even more in the movie's favor given the tension build-up between the US and Iran in recent years. Argo is not about kicking an old enemy's ass, it takes place in a country that still ranks pretty high on America's kick ass list.


3. It's about Hollywood, and how the movie industry helped to get six Americans out of Iran during one of the worst diplomatic crises in history. Hey, when Fox News is screaming that the movie industry is run by a bunch of liberal pussies, it doesn't hurt reminding the world that Hollywood can save lives (and has done so in the past).


4. It's directed by Ben Affleck. Now, I know what you're thinking: Pearl Harbor, Gigli, Daredevil, not to mention a bunch of movies that no one ever saw (except maybe on the bottom shelf of a video store). But Affleck has made a remarkable comeback as a director - Gone Baby Gone, The Town and Argo are all excellent movies - and with most Academy members being actors, expect them to be eager to reward 'one of their own' making it to the big league (like when they inexplicably gave Kevin Costner an Oscar for comatizing moviegoers with Dances with Wolves).


5. It's made a lot of money. Argo is doing remarkably well at the box office - having just crossed the $100 million dollar mark, well above what everyone expected. So it's not like Hollywood would be giving the award to a niche political thriller that just so happens to glorify its involvement in act of bravery. Argo is a bona fide hit with both critics and audiences.


So yes, I know Argo is one of many films competing for this year's Oscars - with Lincoln, Les Misérables, Silver Linings Playbook, Zero Dark Thirty and Life of Pi also being considered extremely strong contenders. But if I were to put my money on a movie today, I would go all in on Argo.