WBEZ | Argo http://www.wbez.org/tags/argo Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Best Picture breakdowns: 'Argo' http://www.wbez.org/blogs/charlie-meyerson/2013-01/best-picture-breakdowns-argo-104831 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Argo2.jpg" style="height: 189px; width: 300px; float: right;" title="Ben Affleck in 'Argo' (Warner Bros)" warner="" />Three reasons I&#39;ll be rooting for &quot;<a href="http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/envelope/oscars/oscarwatch/argo/">Argo</a>&quot; when Academy Awards are handed out Feb. 24:</div><p>1. &quot;Argo&quot; is&nbsp;one of only three Best Picture nominees I&#39;ve seen, and of those three -- &quot;Lincoln&quot; and &quot;Beasts of the Southern Wild&quot; are the other two -- it has the happiest ending.</p><p>(Shallow cinephile? Why, yes, I am.)</p><p>2. &quot;Argo&quot; has a deep connection to one of the giants of the comic book world &mdash; and that&#39;s not a reference to the girth of Affleck&#39;s friend and&nbsp;<a href="http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/ben-affleck-says-he-pulled-from-kevin-smiths-red-state-talent-pool-3-more-things-learned-from-argo-20121009">inspiration</a>,&nbsp;self-described &quot;sedentary processed-foods eater&quot;&nbsp;<a href="http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20344142,00.html">Kevin Smith</a>.</p><p>No, it&#39;s the central role in the movie for comic book art that, in real life, was <a href="http://www.comicbookmovie.com/fansites/nailbiter111/news/?a=69299">created by Marvel and DC Comics legend Jack Kirby</a>&nbsp;...</p><p>3. ... Whom I interviewed on a panel at a Chicago comic book convention in the 1980s, when <a href="http://www.facebook.com/groups/49640035930/permalink/10151938588580931/" target="_blank">my hair and beard</a> resembled Affleck&#39;s in &quot;Argo.&quot;</p><p>A win for &quot;Argo&quot; is a win for anyone who used to look like that.</p><p>Second choice: &quot;<a href="http://www.beastsofthesouthernwild.com/" target="_blank">Beasts of the Southern Wild</a>.&quot;</p><p>Lincoln would have enjoyed that ending more than the ending of his movie.</p><script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> Thu, 10 Jan 2013 13:13:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/charlie-meyerson/2013-01/best-picture-breakdowns-argo-104831