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The film 'Argo,' which is about the Iran hostage crisis, was nominated for five Golden Globes -- Best Motion Picture - Drama, Best Director for Ben Affleck, its main star, Best Screenplay for Chris Terrio, Best Original Song for Alexandre Desplat and Best Performance by an Actor In A Supporting Role in a Motion Picture for Alan Arkin.
'I want to thank the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for honoring 'Argo' with five nominations,' Affleck said in a statement. 'These nominations reflect the courage and determination of real life heroes in the US, Canada, Iran and across the globe.'
'They honor more than 120 actors with speaking roles in multiple languages, thousands of extras in the US and abroad as well as hundreds of extraordinary crew members who poured their heart into the film including the great Alan Arkin, brilliant Chris Terrio and extraordinary Alexandre Desplat, who were nominated today as well and who have my congratulations and gratitude. Thanks again to the HFPA for their support,' he said.
Affleck plays Tony Mendez, a CIA operative who leads a U.S. operation to rescue six U.S. diplomats in Tehran during the 1979 Iran hostage crisis. He and members of his team pretend to be a Canadian film crew. Arkin plays a Hollywood producer named Lester Siegel. The movie is based on a true story.
This is the third Golden Globe nomination for Affleck and the first for Best Director and Best Motion Picture. It is also the first time he has been nominated for an award ceremony's top movie prize. Affleck won his first Golden Globe in 1998, sharing the award for Best Screenplay with Matt Damon for 'Good Will Hunting,' for which they also won Oscars.
Affleck has been honored for his directorial skills before -- in 2007, the National Board of Review awarded the prize for Best Directorial Debut to the actor for 'Gone Baby Gone.'
(Pictured: Ben Affleck, Alan Arkin and John Goodman appear in a scene from the 2012 movie 'Argo.')
(Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. / Claire Folger)