Ayatollah Khomeini handed Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination for Argo

Ayatollah Khomeini: “Over the moon”

TEHRAN: In a move that has stunned Hollywood, Iran’s former Supreme Ruler Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini has been unexpected given an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Argo.

Khomeini, who led Iran’s 1979 revolution and died in 1989, plays himself in Ben Affleck’s tense drama about the Iranian hostage crisis, and was said to be over the moon about the Oscar nod.

“It’s completely unexpected,” said a source in Tehran. “As a country, we may have chosen to boycott this year’s Academy Awards over the anti-Islamic film Innocence of Muslims and have urged all other Islamic countries to do the same, but it’s still an amazing feeling to get the recognition, especially alongside such cinema greats as Robert De Niro and Tommy Lee Jones.”

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