The film stars Affleck as Mendez with Bryan Cranston, Alan Arkin, and John Goodman, and was released in North America to critical and commercial success on October 12, 2012. The film was produced by Grant Heslov, Ben Affleck, and George Clooney. The story of this rescue was also told in the 1981 television movie Escape from Iran: The Canadian Caper, directed by Lamont Johnson.
Argo received seven nominations at the 85th Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay (Chris Terrio) and Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Alan Arkin). Argo also earned five Golden Globe nominations, and won the Best Picture – Drama, and Best Director, while being nominated for Best Supporting Actor for Arkin. It won the award for the Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture at the 19th Screen Actors Guild Awards with Alan Arkin being nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role. It also won Best Film, Best Editing, and Best Director for Ben Affleck at the 66th British Academy Film Awards.
When the nominations for the 85th Academy Awards were announced, there was controversy because Affleck was not nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director, with Bradley Cooper, Quentin Tarantino and host Seth MacFarlane commenting that he got robbed. Cooper and Tarantino are nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor and the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for Silver Linings Playbook and Django Unchained, respectively.
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