Ben Affleck may have been snubbed for directing it, but "Argo" certainly wasn't slighted at the Academy Awards, winning best picture in Sunday night's ceremony.
In beating Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln" for the top Oscar honor in the 85th annual ceremony, "Argo" became the first movie since 1989's "Driving Miss Daisy" to collect the best picture statuette without its director being nominated for making it. Although "Argo's" win was not a surprise, the introduction of the best picture by First Lady Michelle Obama was unexpected.
Inspired by -- but taking dramatic liberties with -- a true story, "Argo" stars Affleck as CIA agent Tony Mendez, who orchestrates the rescue of six Americans hiding in Iran after the 1979 takeover of the American embassy.
The escape plot hinges on the creation of a fake movie crew and bogus film, the latter of which is called "Argo."