I am really surprised no one has gone after Affleck for the brazen changes he made to history in ARGO.
The one that annoyed me the most was him taking the role of Tony Mendez. There are so few leading roles for people of color, and to have Affleck eliminate a real life Latino hero seem pretty bad. I would think Harvey Weinstein would be milking this for all its worth. Then again, the whitewashing of the real life Latina Alicia Nash did not derail its Oscar success (nor did the straightening of the main character).
Affleck gave a pretty dumb statement on why he changed the character's ethnicity: http://nbclatino.com/2012/12/13/opinion ... z-in-argo/
Also, the entire airport chase sequence was completely fabricated. Once the group was on the plane, they did not face any other obstacles. The chase sequence was ridiculous and unnecessary. However, as we can clearly see, folks prefer these type of moments. I have had people say to me ZERO DARK THIRTY was well done but it did not sustain suspense like ARGO did.
These types of controversies should not factor into a film's Oscar chances, but apparently sometimes they do. It just seems odd for LINCOLN and ZERO DARK THIRTY to supposedly be hurt by things they changed for dramatic purposes, while ARGO has not received much attention for the things it compleyely made-up. Maybe Harvey is going for an all-positive Oscar campaign this year.
"When it comes to the subject of torture, I trust a woman who was married to James Cameron for three years."
-- Amy Poehler in praise of Zero Dark Thirty director Kathryn Bigelow