31 January 2013 7:32 AM, PST | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

Some years, Academy Awards voters just want to feel right about themselves, their industry, their country. And maybe honour one of their own who hasn't always shared in the love of his peers.

That could explain why Ben Affleck's Argo has gone from best-picture longshot to Oscar favourite over such competitors as Steven Spielberg's stately but talky Civil War portrait Lincoln or Kathryn Bigelow's brilliant yet contentious CIA thriller Zero Dark Thirty.

Argo is a feel-good thrill ride that's patriotic enough to warrant a good "USA! USA!" chant as the credits roll. It's all about how Hollywood helped save some lives. And a best-picture win could be viewed as righting a wrong after Affleck inexplicably missed out on a best-director nomination. »

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