Tattle: Oscar an issue for Iran

Angelina Jolie (right) showed a gam; Sean Young (above) got the heave.
Angelina Jolie (right) showed a gam; Sean Young (above) got the heave. (PHOTOS: ASSOCIATED PRESS)
Posted: February 28, 2012

FOLLOWING ITS first-ever win Sunday night for best foreign film, Iran had a political conundrum:

On the one hand, the country wanted to boast about how its film, "The Separation," beat out the Israeli film "Footnote."

(You may take out our nuclear program but we have an Oscar, so there!)

On the other hand, bragging about the Oscar would give validity to the importance of Western influences.

Director Asghar Farhadi, in his acceptance speech Sunday, said he hoped the Oscar would raise awareness of Iran's sizable artistic achievements and rich culture, which have been "hidden under the heavy dust of politics."

And where has that been surprisingly apparent? Israel.

The Iranian film has drawn tens of thousands of Israeli movie-goers since it opened. Some came to see the Oscar competition for "Footnote," but some just came to see inside Iran.

And what do you know? Once you get past the hardline government, Iranians are people, too.

Moshe Amirav, a political-science professor at Hebrew University, in Jerusalem, said he "didn't stop thinking about the bomb the whole time" he was watching "A Separation."

"I said, what a contrast that we see this Iranian film with such admiration, and then when we leave we think about how they want to kill us," Amirav said.

(Note: The Academy Awards were not broadcast on Iranian TV.)

* Meanwhile, in Pakistan, the government honored Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, the country's first filmmaker to win an Oscar. The director won the prize for the documentary "Saving Face," which chronicles the plight of female victims of acid attacks, often by angry husbands or spurned lovers. Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani said that Obaid-Chinoy would receive a civil award for her accomplishment.

* Actress Sean Young was arrested after a scuffle with a security guard at the official post-Oscars party, police said yesteray.

Young was placed under citizen's arrest at the Governors Ball at 9:25 p.m. Sunday.

"She was trying to get into the party and couldn't get in," police Cmdr. Andrew Smith said.

Young tried to crash the Vanity Fair Oscar party in 2006. She entered rehabilitation for alcohol abuse in 2008, after being removed from the Directors Guild of America awards.

Angelina Jolie's leg has spawned its own Twitter account ("Angie's Right Leg") and now has more than 12,000 followers.

Most of what Angie's leg has to say is fairly simple-minded. (On Twitter? Shocking.) Sample tweets include "I'm a leg!" and "Look at the leg!" Ah, Twitter.


Kid Rock is teaming up with

the Detroit Symphony Orchestra for a one-night benefit concert May 12 for the nationally recognized orchestra, organizers announced yesterday.

"As a musician, and of course a Detroiter, I am proud to be supporting this longstanding cultural institution," Kid said in a statement. He said the performance, which will include his Twisted Brown Trucker Band, will be "well worth the price of admission."

Tickets start at $100, with top- price levels including an afterparty.

The orchestra, conductor Leonard Slatkin and Kid Rock are volunteering their services for the concert.

* For all you tween girls hanging

outside the Al Hirschfeld Theatre waiting for Nick Jonas to pop out for autographs after his matinee performances in "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying," don't hold your breath.

He's been asked to stay inside.

The youngest of the three Jonas Brothers said in his dressing room, "I would love to say hello to them, but they've advised me for traffic purposes and other reasons that it's best not to go out."

- Daily News wire services

contributed to this report.

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