‘Argo’ gets major last-minute endorsement … from the State Department!

Mark Deming
Yahoo! Movies Oscars Blog24 February 2013
John Kerry and Ben Affleck
John Kerry and Ben Affleck

Ben Affleck's got fans in high places.

The U.S. Department of State, not usually know to have a rooting interest in the Oscars, is pulling hard for "Argo."

On Saturday, John Kerry, in one of his first duties as new Secretary of State, logged on to the State Department's official Twitter account to announce:

It probably doesn't hurt that Affleck hails from Massachusetts, where Kerry served as a U.S. Senator for nearly three decades. As if this wasn't a strong enough endorsement of Team Affleck, the State Department also tweeted a photo of the movie's crew on the set captioned:

There's no word if the Pentagon is pulling for "Zero Dark Thirty" or the State of Illinois is behind "Lincoln," but we're sure Kerry will have something diplomatic to say if "Argo" doesn't walk home with Best Picture.

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