Roundup: The case against 'Argo'
Yesterday, we led with "Lincoln" being taken to task for its factual infidelities; today, it's the turn of "Argo." Critical screeds against the Best Picture frontrunner are always a dime a dozen at this point in the season -- frankly, a defence of Ben Affleck's film would make for fresher reading right now -- but Andrew O'Hehir's Salon piece on why "Argo" doesn't deserve the Oscar is as cogently argued as any: "I’m less concerned with the veracity of individual details than with the fact that 'Argo' uses its basis in history and its mode of detailed realism to create something that is entirely mythological. It’s a totalizing fiction whose turning points are narrow escapes and individual derring-do designed to foreground Affleck and his star power." Personally, I don't think Affleck's star power is all that selfishly showcased -- but hey, I like the film. [Salon]
Nelson George on why, while many of this year's Oscar-nominated films highlight racial themes, their black characters' humanity is "still hit and miss." [New York Times]
Tom Shone tallies up the most repeated shout-outs across the archive of Oscar acceptance speeches -- "Harvey Weinstein" and "America" rate equally. [These Violent Delights]