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Academy Awards

Underdog ‘Argo’ may emerge as favorite

Ben Affleck, center, stars as Tony Mendez in “Argo,” a rescue thriller about the 1979 Iranian hostage crisis. The picture appears to be gaining momentum in the best picture race, which may be partly because of Afflect’s snub in the best director category.
Ben Affleck, center, stars as Tony Mendez in “Argo,” a rescue thriller about the 1979 Iranian hostage crisis. The picture appears to be gaining momentum in the best picture race, which may be partly because of Afflect’s snub in the best director category.
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Some years, Academy Awards voters just want to feel right about themselves, their industry, their country. And maybe honor one of their own who hasn’t always shared in the love of his peers. That could explain why Ben Affleck’s “Argo” has gone from best-picture long shot to Oscar favorite over such competitors as Steven Spielberg’s stately but talky Civil War portrait “Lincoln” or Kathryn Bigelow’s brilliant yet contentious CIA thriller “Zero Dark Thirty.” “Argo” is ...


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