When you flip back the pages of history to the early 1930s, you’ll find an era of comic books, radio shows, and Hollywood movies turning US government agents into celebrated heroes–“G-Men” as they were called. J. Edgar Hoover, the first Director of the FBI, played a heavy hand in helping the government come off as cunning, clever, and incredibly cool in political movies.

Flip forward to 2013, onto the red carpet, and we see a resurgence of the government—now the US and the UK—being celebrated and honored. All four of the nominated political movies of 2012 won Academy Awards last night and that says a lot about how government and even politics are emerging as hipper than owls on handbags.


Daniel-Day Lewis clinched his third Oscar (which is a career record) for Best Actor for his portrayal of none other than Abraham Lincoln himself, the 16th president of the United States. Rick Carter and Jim Erickson also won the Oscar for Production Design. Lincoln was a powerful figure in US history and thanks to Steven Spielberg’s political drama, he’s getting another wave of honor and fanhood.


The 23rd James Bond film, based on the super-stealthy spy missions of the UK’s infamous Secret Intelligence Service agent, pulled off an Oscar for Sound Editing (tied with Zero Dark Thirty) and another for Adele’s theme song, appropriately titled “Skyfall”. James Bond already represents everything cool when it comes to government agents and world diplomacy –the debonairness, near-genius intelligence, and access to futuristic tech. But it’s great to see Hollywood awarding it.

Zero Dark Thirty

Although Kathryn Bigelow’s film only commanded an Oscar for Sound Editing (tied with Skyfall), it was nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Actress (Jessica Chastain), Best Editing, and Best Original Screenplay. Documenting a decade-long manhunt for the world’s most wanted fugitive, Bigelow focuses on Maya (Chastain), the CIA agent assigned to find Osama bin Laden. There’s something about the CIA that strikes intrigue amongst society, and this top-secret government organization is front and center in more than one of these political movies of 2012.


After scooping up Oscars for Adapted Screenplay and Film Editing, Argo, based on a CIA operation in the 1970s, still had one more trick up its tuxedo jacket—and it made government cool again. In the final moments of the Academy Award’s show, Jack Nicholson introduced Michelle Obama (on a TV screen), who addressed the Oscar audience directly from the White House. After the first lady delivered a brief speech, she opened the envelope for Best Picture and announced “Argo” as the big winner. Go government!

The government dominated the spotlight at this year’s award show and closed strong—mission success. We’re not at liberty to say, but some of the government agencies in these films may or may not be using Huddle. Considering that 80% of the UK central government uses Huddle, I guess it wouldn’t be that surprising.

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