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Plot, Details & Awards

Argo

Rated R for language and some violent images.

R In Theaters 10/12/2012 , 120min.
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Plot & Details

When militants seize control of the U.S. embassy in Tehran during the height of the Iranian Revolution, CIA agent Tony Mendez (Ben Affleck) creates a fake Hollywood film production in order to rescue a group of American diplomats who have sought refuge at the home of the Canadian ambassador. As the six members of the embassy staff remain behind closed doors, armed militants conduct thorough searches of local homes, and kill anyone suspected of harboring the Americans. Realizing that it's only a matter of time before the six are identified and taken hostage, Mendez offers a unique - yet potentially dangerous - solution: posing as a Canadian film producer, he will enter into Tehran under the precipice of scouting locations for an upcoming science fiction opus, gather up the refugees, pass them off as his crew at the airport, and fly out of Iran right under the militants' noses. Shortly after touching down in Iran, however, Mendez contends with a few unexpected developments that threaten to erode the bond of trust he needs to establish with the refugees, and expose his deception. Meanwhile, even if they do manage to make it as far as the airport, government bureaucracy threatens to leave them hopelessly stranded in their most desperate hour. Alan Arkin, John Goodman, and Bryan Cranston co-star. Inspired by actual events.

Awards

Academy Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2012 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Adapted Screenplay Chris Terrio Won
2012 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Sound Mixing Jose Antonio Nominated
2012 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Sound Mixing Gregg Rudloff Nominated
2012 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Sound Mixing John Reitz Nominated
2012 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Original Score Alexandre Desplat Nominated
2012 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Editing William C. Goldenberg Won
2012 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Picture Won
2012 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Supporting Actor Alan Arkin Nominated
2012 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Sound Editing Erik Aadahl Nominated
2012 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Sound Editing Ethan Van der Ryn Nominated

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2012 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Adapted Screenplay Chris Terrio Nominated
2012 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Director Ben Affleck Won
2012 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Actor Ben Affleck Nominated
2012 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Supporting Actor Alan Arkin Nominated
2012 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Original Music Alexandre Desplat Nominated
2012 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Editing William C. Goldenberg Won
2012 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Picture Won

Golden Globes

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2012 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Screenplay Chris Terrio Nominated
2012 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Picture - Drama Won
2012 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Supporting Actor Alan Arkin Nominated
2012 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Director Ben Affleck Won
2012 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Original Score Alexandre Desplat Nominated

Toronto International Film Festival

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2012 Toronto International Film Festival Film Presented Nominated

American Cinema Editors Guild

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2012 American Cinema Editors Guild Best Edited Feature - Drama William C. Goldenberg Nominated

American Film Institute

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2012 American Film Institute Top Ten Film of the Year Won

Art Directors Guild

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2012 Art Directors Guild Best Art Direction in a Period Film Sharon Seymour Nominated

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2012 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Adapted Screenplay Chris Terrio Nominated
2012 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Director Ben Affleck Won
2012 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Actor Ben Affleck Nominated
2012 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Supporting Actor Alan Arkin Nominated
2012 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Original Music Alexandre Desplat Nominated
2012 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Editing William C. Goldenberg Won
2012 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Picture Won

Detroit Film Critics Society

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2012 Detroit Film Critics Society Best Director Ben Affleck Nominated
2012 Detroit Film Critics Society Best Picture Nominated
2012 Detroit Film Critics Society Best Ensemble Nominated

Directors Guild of America

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2012 Directors Guild of America Best Director Ben Affleck Won
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