After winning the Best Foreign-Language Oscar in 2012 for "A Separation," Iran will not be participating in the 2013 Oscar race. The country has decided to boycott the Oscars to protest the incendiary "Innocence of Muslims" film that has been linked to violent and deadly uprisings in the Muslim world from Egypt to Pakistan, including the murder of the well-respected U.S. Ambassador in Libya. This action comes as the U.S. continues to condemn the film, including an impassioned President Obama Tuesday at the U.N.
Iran's cultural minister Mohammed Hosseini reportedly told the Associated Press that the country initially planned to submit Seyyed Reza Mir-Karimi's "A Cube of Sugar" to the race, but that "Innocence of Muslims," which portrays Mohammed as a false prophet and sexual deviant, is too grave an insult to be ignored.
"A Cube of Sugar" focuses on a family gathering for a wedding that turns tragic.