In accepting the best movie award last night at the Oscars, Ben Affleck thanked Canada.
"I thank you everyone in the movie, on the movie, worked on the movie, did anything with this movie gets thanked. I want to thank Canada," said Affleck, without elaborating. "I want to thank our friends in Iran living in terrible circumstances right now."
As the AP reported days ago, the ex-ambassador, who is depicted in the film as giving shelter to the Americans being sought out by the Iranians, wanted Affleck to thank Canada.
Ken Taylor, Canada's former ambassador to Iran who protected Americans at great personal risk during the 1979 Iran hostage crisis says it will reflect poorly on Ben Affleck if he doesn't say a few words about Canada's role if the director's film Argo wins the Oscar for best picture Sunday.
But Ken Taylor — who said he feels slighted by the movie because it makes Canada look like a meek observer to CIA heroics in the rescue of six U.S. citizens caught in the crisis — is not expecting it.
"I would hope he would. If he doesn't then it's a further reflection," Taylor said. "But given the events of the last while I'm not necessarily anticipating anything."
Taylor kept the Americans hidden at the embassy in Tehran and facilitated their escape by getting fake passports and plane tickets for them. He became a hero in Canada and the United States after. The role he played in helping the Americans to freedom was minimized in the film.
But Affleck did not thank the Americans, and the CIA in particular, for the role they played in the whole ordeal.
And over the weekend, Secretary of State John Kerry plugged Argo, but Affleck did not return the favor and plug Kerry or the State Department.