Oscar 2012 and Asghar Farhadi

A Separation and Asghar Farhadi won the best foreign language film at the 84th Academy Awards. Asghar Farhadi’s film is the first Persian film that wins the Oscar. Farhadi was nominated for a best screenplay Oscar, too. The Academy Award is just the latest for ‘A Separation,’ which has already collected a Golden Globe, an Independent Spirit Award, the Cesar Award (French Oscar) and many other statuettes during this awards season. The 84th Academy Awards was really non-American, because the Best Film, Best Director, and Best Actor were French. Billy Crystal, the host, that told some good jokes tonight, said: “They must be going nuts in France right now, or whatever the French have in place of joy”. It’s interesting to know that Farhadi’s film, ‘A Separation’, has become a great event in the US, because it shows part of the real image of today’s Iran and today’s Iranians. This film also shows the world that many issues in Iran and other parts of the world are global issues, and the people in all around the world, specially the Iranian people and the people in the West, have many things in common. As we said before, the root of many things in the West, from the culture to the religion, is Iran and its Aryan Culture. Iran, that means “the land of Aryans”, is really one of the main Cradles of Civilization in the world. It’s funny to know that almost all film critics in the US have said positive things about “A Separation”, and tonight all of them said: “The win is well deserved”.


“The 84th Academy Awards ceremony, on February 26, 2012 (5:30 pm, with a red carpet ceremony at 4 pm), was televised live in the United States on ABC. This year’s awards took place at the Hollywood and Highland Centre (formerly the Kodak theatre) after film company Kodak filed for bankruptcy and asked for. Billy Crystal was the host. This is Crystal’s ninth time serving as host for the Academy Awards. (Bob Hope has the record, 18 times)”, the media reported. Kodak bankruptcy was a funny sign of the economic crisis in the US. ‘We’re here at the beautiful Chapter 11 theatre‘ announced Billy Crystal. He added: ‘The movies have always been there for us. So tonight, enjoy yourself. Because nothing can take the sting out of our economic worries more than millionaires presenting themselves with little gold statues‘. It’s really the best joke about the stupidities of the Oscar Ceremony, and also those people who care about it a lot. Anyway, “The Artist” and “Hugo” both won five awards. The Artists won Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Actor. The Artist had 11 nominations, and Hugo had 10 nominations. The Iron Lady won two awards, including Best Actress for Meryl Streep. It is her third Oscar win from an astounding 17 nominations. Woody Allen won Best Writing. You can check the full list of the winners here .


“Meryl Streep and Farhadi met each other before the Oscar night”, the Iranian media reported. But many knew nothing about what happened at the Spirit Award ceremony. Those who love the gossip and the stupid things a lot, have slept now, but they would care about this matter a lot, at tomorrow. “Kate Beckinsale kisses Asghar Farhadi as she presents him with the award for Best International Film at the 2012 Film Independent Spirit Awards in Santa Monica, California, February 25, 2012”, the American media reported. Apparently, Farhadi has tried to answer to the critiques about Angelina Jolie’s story. I don’t know why these stupid things should be important for many people. Tonight, many cared about Angelina Jolie’s leg, Jennifer Lopez’s tits, Angelina Jolie’s arms, and other stupid things that is part of the usual stupidity of the Academy Awards ceremony. “When the modern sheep care about these matters a lot, what can we expect from today’s world. The media play with us, and the politicians exploit us, but many still live like sheep and care about the stupid things a lot. And that’s why we call the current era ‘The Age of Stupidity'”, some say. It’s so obvious that the people need joy and entertainment, but joy and entertainment is one thing, and living like sheep is another thing. Anyway, Sandra Bullock presents the Oscar for best foreign language film to Iranian film A Separation. And Farhadi’s speech was like his films, that means it was not bad, but it was not good, too.


Asghar Farhadi’s Oscar speech was not so bad, but it could be much more better. Farhadi said: ‘At this time, many Iranians all over the world are watching us. And I imagine them to be very happy. They are happy not because of an important award or a film or a filmmaker. 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, a people who respect all cultures and civilizations and despise hostility and resentment”. Farhadi’s speech had good parts. But he had to offer this award to the victims and the martyrs. He had to talk about the people’s pain and sufferings in the past two years. He had to talk about Mr. Stupid Monkey (Obama) and how he betrayed Iranians and the freedom and democracy in the 2009-2011 period, and how he still betray the people. He had to talk about the savage Mullahs who kill and torture the people. He had to talk about many things, with a wise and short speech. He had enough time to write a good short speech for tonight. But his speech was like his films. Apparently, you can’t expect more things from him. I hope one day the younger generations of Iranians, that many of them are much more talented and much more open-minded than Farhadi, can show the world that Farhadi and his film are just a very small part of the Iran’s reality, and today’s Iran has many wiser and braver people, and also many better works. Of course, Farhadi and his films are not bad or embarrassing, and he deserves the awards. But Farhadi showed that he has the potential for becoming “Asghar Khayemal” (Asghar ass-kisser)


The 84th Oscar was a French Oscar. The little known French director, Michel Hazanavicius, was “the happiest director in the world”, as he himself said. And the French actor, Jean Dujardin, who won Best Actor, was the happiest actor in the world. Crystal said: “They must be going nuts in France right now, or whatever the French have in place of joy”. In these days, many Iranians don’t care about the Oscar a lot. When Mr. stupid monkey (Obama) and other European and American monkeys, who betrayed Iranians and the freedom and democracy in Iran and aided the Mullahs in killing Iranians, desperately try to torture the ordinary Iranians, who cares about the Oscar? When Mr. stupid monkey (Obama) and other Western monkeys try to make a good deal with the Mullahs, and most of the ordinary people in the West forget what happened in 2009 and who betrayed who and who was the bad guy, who can care about the Oscar a lot? As Crystal said millionaires presenting themselves with little gold statues and some winners become millionaire, but what happen to the ordinary people? Who speaks about or cares about the ordinary people and their pain and suffering? Some funny Iranians say: “the (below) pictures prove that Farhadi’s daughter (Sarina Farhadi) has more balls that his father ! Farhadi’s daughter has the balls to appear without Hijab (Islamic veil), while Leila Hatami has not the balls, and Farhadi himself has not the balls to give a good speech at the Oscar night”. The below picture, that is a picture before the 84th Academy Awards on Feb. 26, 2012, show (from left): Leila Hatami, Mahmoud Kalari, Peyman Moadi, Sarina Farhadi, Thomas Langmann, and Asghar Farhadi)


The 84th Academy Awards had its own special moments. The media reported: “Streep’s speech begins on a disarmingly self-deprecating note. ‘When they called my name I imagined half of America going ‘Aw, no! Her! Again!’. Hugo, Scorsese’s 3D film, is dominating the technical categories and comfortably leads the field. The traditional Oscar obituary montage, was a sad, soulful trip along the stills of Ben Gazzara, Elizabeth Taylor, etc. After 82-year-old Christopher Plummer won the supporting actor prize, Crystal quipped: ‘The average age for winners has just jumped to 67’. ‘Please welcome the original girl with the dragon tattoo,’ says Billy Crystal, waving one arm to introduce Angelina Jolie. We learned that ‘Angelina Jolie’s Right Leg’ has its very own Twitter account. Jolie wanted to gave Oscar to Woody Allen, but he was no there. He was back in New York, he doesn’t like LA. ‘The Academy accepts this award on his behalf,’ smiles Jolie. Meryl Streep’s makeup artist took home a statuette for transforming Streep into Maggie Thatcher. ‘The Undefeated’ wins best documentary, one of the producers calls it ‘f-u-c-k-ing wonderful’ ! Backstage heard it, producers bleeped it out for the audience at home. Crystal said that when he came out of ‘The Help’ he wanted to ‘hug the first black woman that I saw. From Beverly Hills, thats about a 45 minute drive‘.” Some of Billy Crystal’s jokes were really good.


Before the Oscar night, Peyman Moadi’s wrote an open letter to Farhadi. He wrote: “Here in Iran, many (Mullahs and Mullah film critics) try to say that your film is a bad or weak film, and you don’t deserve to win the awards, and your awards are political awards … I always thought Woody Allen is a genius. When Woody Allen sent a message to you, via her sister, and said that he could not go to LA, but we would be happy to see you in New York to discuss about your film, I finally realized the true meaning of what others say about ‘A Separation’. Woody Allen had said that for years he didn’t expect to be able to see a film, not only from our cinema, but from the cinema in the whole world, that had such impact on him. When the producer of ‘the Artist’ said: ‘When I saw ‘A Separation’ I wished I was its producer’ … When Angelina Jolie asked you, honestly and without any gesture, to play in your next film, and when you said that your next film is a French language film, and she said that she can learn the French language until that time, it was really one of the proudest moment. When Meryl Streep asked you about the film directing, and then said that she wants to work with you, or when Spielberg said ‘A Separation’ is the best film of this year in the whole world, and when many others that I am not allowed to name them here, said that your film is their favorite film, I understood that ‘A Separation’ is a great film … your story with Robert De Niro, Bob Dylan, and many others that praised you and your film, should be told … In New York, when you said: ‘the similarities between the people in all around the world is much more than their differences, but the politicians try to emphasize the differences, and pretend that the differences are so big‘ , they warmly applauded you”


Moadi added: “An American Film critic had said: ‘If you want to attack Iran, first watch ‘A Separation’ and see the people that you want to attack them. After that, you would change your minds’ Asghar you have done your duty. Your film was more important that your speech (at the Golden Globe or Oscar)”. It’s true. ‘A Separation’ is not a bad film. But If Moadi tries to say that it’s a great film, it’s not true. ‘A Separation’ has become a great event, because it’s the first Iranian film that tries to show a true image of Iran. The world knows nothing about today’s Iran, and it’s the first time that the world can see part of the real image of today’s Iran and Iranians in a film. That’s why ‘A Separation’ has become a great event. But Farhadi has become conservative, and it’s not good. His speech could be better. The Oscar night was a rare opportunity, and he could use it better. Of course, no once expect him to be an intellectual, or a hero, but at least he could repeat what he had already said about the martyrs and the Iranian movement. Anyway, in the recent days, John Anderson wrote an article in the CNN (on February 20, 2012), with the title “How an Iranian film unites us all”. What John Anderson wrote was the first reasonable thing that we heard from the Americans. We would write more about it later. “Parodying the Gaddafi-type dictator he plays in his upcoming film, ‘The Dictator,’ Baron Cohen showed up carrying what he said were the ashes of the late North Korean leader Kim Jong Il. Then he spilled them all over the E! host’s tuxedo”, the media reported. Baron Cohen and his ideas were funny. I hope one day in the near future, the comedians make joke about the toppled Mullahs in the Oscar ceremony.

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