'A Separation' wins best foreign language film Oscar

Posted at 02/27/2012 10:13 AM | Updated as of 02/27/2012 12:40 PM

HOLLYWOOD - Iran's "A Separation," a taut family drama, on Sunday took home the Oscar for best foreign language film, after winning a series of other awards season prizes.

The Iranian film triumphed over Belgium's "Bullhead," "Footnote" (Israel), "In Darkness" (Poland) and "Monsieur Lazhar" (Canada).

The movie -- which sets out a deep social expose of the Islamic republic of today in a simple story starting with a divorce -- explores the themes of love, lies, honor and unintended consequences with psychological nuance.