Ed Rampell, Progressive - The three top professions that specialize in “make believe” -- Hollywood, intelligence agencies and the Executive Branch -- collided Sunday at the Dolby Theatre as the president’s wife announced that the pro-CIA agitprop movie “Argo” won the Best Picture Oscar.
The First Lady’s odd, historically unprecedented intrusion into what
is supposed to be an entertainment event during one of the most-watched
telecasts of the year came as the Senate was considering Pres. Obama’s
nominee for the CIA.
The awards ceremony celebrated cinematic espionage in a number of
other ways. There was a long homage to James Bond, depicting 007’s daring-do and the virile, handsome stars from Sean Connery to Daniel
Craig, who have played the supposedly suave British secret agent for
The tribute was capped by 76-year-old Shirley Bassey reprising live
the famous theme song for 1964’s “Goldfinger.” The British singer Adele
went on to belt out her hit from the latest Bond flick, “Skyfall,” for
which she also won the golden statuette for Best Original Song.
One of the Oscar ceremony’s other award presenters was Jennifer
Garner, who from 2001-2006 portrayed spy Sydney Bristow on the TV series
“Alias.” Garner also appeared in a recruiting ad for the Central
Intelligence Agency around the time the CIA was involved in falsifying
disinformation about Iraq’s fictitious WMDs. During her husband Ben
Affleck’s Best Picture acceptance speech, he acknowledged his wife and
the camera cut to Garner, the TV spy who loved him.
“Argo” also won in other Oscar categories, including Film Editing and
Adapted Screenplay. Never mind that the tense inter-cutting between
those Iranian Revolutionary Guards chasing that Swiss Air flight down the airport tarmac in a well-written scene is a flight of fancy concocted by screenwriter Chris Terrio.