(WASHINGTON) — Argo’s victory at the Oscars went over well with the State Department, the setting for some scenes in the best picture winner.
Officials in the department were “excited” to see the movie claim the Oscars’ top prize, according to department spokesman Patrick Ventrell.
Ventrell said Secretary of State John Kerry was appreciative of the fact that Argo — based on the true story of the CIA’s rescue of six American diplomats hiding in the Canadian ambassador’s home during the Iranian hostage crisis — informed audiences of “the challenges we face living and working in overseas embassies.”
Over the weekend, Kerry tweeted, “Good luck @BenAffleck and #Argo at the Oscars. Nice seeing @StateDept & our Foreign Service on the big screen.”
Iranian media has had less-supportive things to say about Argo since the Oscars, claiming the film is biased and depicts the country in an unflattering light.
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