Back Seat Producers Season 08 Shows

BSP Episode 266: Argo

Release date – 10/12/2012

Warner Bros. Pictures



  • Ben Affleck

Produced by

  • Grant Heslov
  • Ben Affleck
  • George Clooney

Screenplay by

  • Chris Terrio

Based on The Master of Disguise by Antonio J. Mendez and The Great Escape by Joshuah Bearman



Ben Affleck

  • Tony Mendez

Bryan Cranston

  • Jack O’Donnell

Alan Arkin

  • Lester Siegel

John Goodman

  • John Chambers


  • If the intern was there, she’d have been screaming THE DREAM TEAM!
  • Vaginas are always serious… a well-established fact.
  • Mixed reviews
  • A bit of comedy in the first half, then it tightened up.
  • A good period piece for the 1970s.
  • Also mixed reviews as to whether it should have won the Oscar.
  • Affleck did a good job in not over-acting the character, but it might have been too much in the other direction.
  • Hey, Argo F%#k yourself!
  • The conversation quickly veers off to the other movies nominated for a Best Picture Oscar
  • Nice touches that lent to the 1970s-ness of the movie.
  • The Civil War would have been over in a week if they had Twitter
  • #ShermansMarch
  • #AtlantaBurns
  • The would have liked a bit more Jack Kirby.
  • The 70’s pornstache was brilliant!
  • Oscar expectations, when seeing the movie after the fact, weren’t met.  BUT, still a good movie.
  • David lists movies that he thought were better than Argo.
  • Did it win Best Picture because of politics?
  • Discussing past Best Picture winners and whether they were warranted.
  • Thoughts on acting – well cast, well acted.
  • Alan Arkin stole every scene he was in.
  • Bryan Cranston goes all Walter White toward the end of the film!
  • Why are so many movies nominated for Oscars?
  • Netflix:  House of Cards, Hemlock Grove, Lilyhammer and Arrested Development
  • This is the End

Trivia bits-n-pieces:

  • In order to make the movie feel like the 1970s, Affleck shot it on regular film, cut the frames in half and blew the images up 200% to increase the graininess.
  • Argo is the first movie to win the Oscar for Best Picture without a Best Director win since Crash (2005) and the first movie to win the Oscar for Best Picture without the Director being nominated since Driving Miss Daisy (1989).

Awards won (partial list):

  • Academy Awards – Picture, Adapted Screenplay, Film Editing
  • British Academy Film Award – Film, Director, Editing
  • Critics Choice Awards – Picture, Director
  • Golden Globe Awards – Picture/Drama, Director
  • Los Angeles Film Critics Association – Screenplay
  • National Board of Review Awards – Top 10 Films, Special Achievement in Filmmaking, Spotlight Award/John Goodman
  • Directors Guild of America – Director
  • Producers Guild of America – Picture
  • Screen Actors Guild Awards – Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
  • St. Louis Film Critics Awards (shout out to BSP’s homeland) – Film, Director

Your Producers for this episode were:

  • Tony
  • Darrell
  • Tony
  • David

This episode was recorded:  4/10/13

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