The Straits Times
Published on Feb 26, 2013

Iran slams Hollywood over Argo Oscar win


TEHRAN (AFP) - Iran on Monday criticised Hollywood for awarding its top honour to the Iran hostage drama Argo, with a senior official saying it "lacks artistic value" and media poking fun at United States (US) first lady Michelle Obama's surprise appearance at the Oscar ceremony.

"This anti-Iran movie lacks artistic value," Culture and Islamic Guidance Minister Mohammad Hosseini was quoted as saying by the official IRNA news agency.

"It was awarded the top honour through a massive financing and advertisement campaign ... so that it attracts more attention worldwide," said Mr Hosseini, who also accused Hollywood of targeting the Islamic republic.

Iran's state television earlier slammed the 85th Academy Awards as "the most political Oscar ever", as it reported the news that Argo had won the coveted best film Oscar.