Argo won because it was such a well made film,it wasn't just solid and workmanlike. It had a subtle brilliance, Affleck was like an old hand (and he is hardly a neophyte) he knew just how to ease you into the story. BTW Looper was the best film i saw this year, but i knew that was never going to win anything.
Argo won because of it's fictional "fuck ya" moments!
-The bazaar scene... NEVER HAPPENED!
-The Canadians having "cold feet"... NEVER HAPPENED!
-The nail-biting hold up at the airport... NEVER HAPPENED!
-The big chase at the end... NEVER HAPPENED!
-The CIA "letting" Canada have this one... WHAT DO YOU THINK?!
And this is from someone who was alive at the time all this took place.
At least the script writer acknowledged Ken Taylor, his wife and their friends; If only for a few seconds.