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Posted at 10:25 PM ET, 02/26/2012

‘A Separation’ becomes first Iranian film to win an Oscar

Iran’s “A Separation,” took the Oscar for best foreign language film, making it the first from the country to win the honor. Director Asghar Farhadi accepted the award, briefly speaking in Farsi and mentioning Iranians’ ability to make significant cultural achievements.

For weeks the filmmaker — along with director Israeli director Joseph Cedar — has stressed that their pieces were about family and humanitarian issues, not politics. However, the speech had political undertones.
Asghar Farhadi, director of Iranian film "A Separation," accepts the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. (GARY HERSHORN - REUTERS)

While Farhadi was speaking, the camera cut quickly to director Steven Spielberg, who is an outspoken supporter of Isreali interests. The shot highlighted tensions that emerged earlier in the week. Farhadi missed an award-related event, which sparked reports in the Israeli media that he might be avoiding Cedar, Reuters reports.

“A Separation” has already scooped up several awards, including a Golden Globe for foreign language film earlier this month.

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By Cara Kelly  |  10:25 PM ET, 02/26/2012

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