‘Argo’ Wins Golden Globe, Nominated for Oscar

Lee Schatz, a resident of Severna Park for 22 years, was one of the six American diplomats hiding for his life during the 1979 Iranian crisis as depicted in the movie.

Argo took home a Golden Globe for best drama and Ben Affleck earned recognition for his directing of the film during Sunday night’s Golden Globes. The political thriller is also up for the Academy Awards' best picture nomination.

Argo holds a special meaning for one Severna Park man. Lee Schatz, an area resident for 22 years, was one of six American diplomats hiding in the homes of Canadian diplomats in Tehran after fleeing the embassy as it was occupied by Iran.

In the film, Schatz’s character is given the given the identity of Henry W. Collins, a cameraman during his escape.

In October 2012, Schatz told Patch he thought the film did a great job of portraying not only the intensity of the moment but the history as well,.

“I think the movie does a great job of capturing the events by starting with a little bit of history to get a context, because there are a lot of people who see this movie who have no idea why we have this long-standing political problem with Iran,” Schatz said.

Schatz added that he hopes for people seeing the movie that it helps make the history "a little more real for them.”

To read more about Schatz’s story, click here.

Have you seen Argo? Do you think it should win best picture at the Academy Awards? Tell us in the comments.  

CarolAnn January 14, 2013 at 05:47 PM
I saw Argo yesterday, finally (you can still catch it an Annapolis Harbour Center) and thought it was great. I liked Lincoln a lot but Argo topped it Even though I knew how it ended, it still kept me rivited in suspense during the escape scenes. Definitely deserving of Best Picture!
Kaitlyn Carr January 14, 2013 at 05:50 PM
Hi CarolAnn, I completely agree. I was on the edge of my seat the whole time! Thanks for your comment.


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