'A Separation' Unites Iranian-Americans in Los Angeles
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A French director produced The Artist with French actors, but the movie that won for Best Picture was shot entirely here in Los Angeles. How did Harvey Weinstein come up with yet another winner? The Best Foreign Language Film, A Separation (Jodaeiye Nader az Simin), was shot by Iranians in Iran, but the biggest celebrations might have been among expats here. We hear about the reception in Iran and Los Angeles. Also, the price continues to rise as the second round of bidders to buy the Dodgers is being evaluated. We hear who's still in the game. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, will the US have to evaluate its strategy for pulling troops out of Afghanistan.
Banner image: Asghar Farhadi (L), director of A Separation, and the cast arrive on the red carpet for the 84th Annual Academy Awards on February 26, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (From 2nd L-R) Peyman Maadi, unidentified, Leila Hatami and unidentified guest. Photo by Joe Klamar/AFP/Getty Images
'A Separation' Unites Iranian-Americans in Los Angeles ()
At last night's Academy Awards, Iran's A Separation won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. The hard-line Iranian news agency, Fars, reported that when he accepted the award, director Asghar Farhadi said, "I proudly offer this award to the people of my country, who, despite all the tensions and hostility of recent months between Iran and the West over Iran's nuclear program, respect all cultures and civilizations." In fact, Farhadi spoke of Iranians all over the world who were watching, "happy, not just because of an important award…but because at the time when talk of war, intimidation, and aggression is exchanged between politicians the name of their country, Iran, is spoken here through her glorious culture, a rich and ancient culture that has been hidden under the heavy dust of politics. I proudly offer this award to the people of my country, the people who respect all cultures and civilizations and despise hostility and resentment. Thank you so much."
Harvey Weinstein's Oscar Touch ()
Harvey Weinstein did it again last night, securing the Best Picture Oscar for a French film shot in black and white with almost no soundtrack. After no less than 303 Oscar nominations, Meryl Streep calls Weinstein "God," and the French director of The Artist calls him "le boss." Kenneth Turan is film critic at the Los Angeles Times.
- Kenneth Turan: Los Angeles Times
Violence over Koran Burning Threatens US-Afghan 'Partnership' ()
The burning of holy Korans that Americans call "accidental" has exposed the seething anti-Americanism in much of Afghanistan. Nationwide protests continue, and two American advisors were assassinated this weekend in an office accessible only to the most trusted personnel. All this has cast doubt on the so-called "partnership" that's essential to the strategy for a western troop withdrawal by 2014. Today, nine Afghans were killed by a suicide bomber near and American air base. We get the latest from Kabul, an update on damage control and the potential political consequences here at home.
- Alissa Johannsen Rubin: New York Times, @alissanyt
- Greg Jaffe: Wall Street Journal, @GregJaffe
- Chris Mason: Center for Advanced Defense Studies
- Brian Katulis: Center for America Progress, @Katulis
- Michael Hirsh: National Journal, @michaelphirsh
Magic Johnson Tops List Bidding Process ()
Bids for the Los Angeles Dodgers have ranged from $1.2 billion to $1.5 billion but not all of them qualified for the second round, and the survivors don't all have strong ties to LA. Matthew Futterman is watching the process for the Wall Street Journal.
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