Government of Iran

Iran blasts 'political' Oscar winner Argo

Michelle Obama's dress was subject to an Iranian makeover. Photo: AP

Tehran criticised Hollywood for awarding its top honour to the Iran hostage drama Argo, saying the decision was political and pointing to US first lady Michelle Obama's surprise appearance at the Oscar ceremony as evidence.

Wednesday, 27 February, 2013, 4:46am

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