'A Separation' director Asghar Farhadi (C) 390 (R).
(photo credit: REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson)
Bloggers and Facebook pundits conceded on Monday that having Joseph Cedar’s
Footnote lose the Oscar to Iranian director Asghar Farhadi’s A Separation in the
Best Foreign Language Film category at Sunday night’s Academy Awards ceremony
was preferable to ending up on the short end of the current heated nuclear war
of words and actions between the two countries.
And they were not the
only ones to connect the Israeli- Iranian tensions to the film contest. Iranian
state TV termed the results a victory over Israel “leaving behind” a film from
the “Zionist regime.”
And Javad Shamaghdari, head of Iran’s Cinematic
Agency, portrayed the Academy’s decision as the “beginning of the collapse” of
Israeli influence that “beats the drum of war” in the US, according to wire
Farhadi himself attempted to step away from the huffy
rhetoric during his acceptance speech at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood, saying
that Iran is “spoken [about] here through her glorious culture, a rich and
ancient culture that has been hidden under the heavy dust of
“I proudly offer this award to the people of my country, the
people who respect all cultures and civilizations and despise hostility and resentment,” he added, apparently
unaware of the statements being made back in Tehran.
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