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Sun 24 Feb 2013

Iran may boycott 2013 Academy Awards

Iran may boycott the 2013 Academy Awards and refuse to name a candidate for the foreign film category, even though Ye Habbeh Ghand, also known as A Cube of Sugar, was picked by Iran's cinema agency committee to run for the prize. 

The call for the move came in late September 2012 from Javad Shamaghdari, the head of the government-controlled cinema agency, in the wake of the anti-Islam movie trailer which allegedly mocks Prophet Mohammad. 

The amateur US-made movie entitled Innocence of Muslims, triggered a wave of turbulent and often violent protests around the Muslim world. 

Shamaghdari, who is known for his opposition to Western film festivals, claims that the Oscars should be boycotted unless the organizers condemn the movie. 

Tehran officials have long had a negative relationship with the country's filmmakers and have denounced the domestic cinema as dominated by Western dissident ideas. 

Their stance towards the Oscars, however, changed after Iranian director Asghar Farhadi won an Oscar for best foreign film for his movie A Separation in February 2012. The film competed against an Israeli film and three others in the foreign language category.

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