The film is a dramatic thriller based largely on the role that retired CIA agent Antonio Mendez of Knoxville played in the rescue of six U.S. embassy officials from Iran in the wake of the 1979 hostage crisis.
The film was directed by Ben Affleck, who played Mendez. The film also won Oscars Sunday for best adapted screenplay and best film editing.
Chris Terrio, who wrote the screenplay, and Affleck both commended Mendez for his contribution to the film.
“I want to dedicate this to a man named Tony Mendez,” Terrio said. “Thirty three years ago, Tony, using nothing but his creativity and his intelligence got six people out of a very bad situation and so I want to dedicate this to him ... and people all over the world in the U.S. and Canada and Iran who use creativity and intelligence to solve problems nonviolently. Thank you."
Affleck also thanked Mendez, "who let us use his story."