Argentina was victorious at the Oscars as Juan Jose Campanella took home the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language film for his crime thriller El Secreto de Sus Ojos (The Secret of Their Eyes). The film starred one of the country's most illustrious stars, Ricardo Darín, as a federal police agent obsessed with a the rape and murder of a young woman that he investigated 30 years prior.
The film was Argentina's highest grossing movie of 2009, due in large part to the winning combination of Campanella and Darín, who have worked together on three previous films to great success, one of which was also nominated best foreign language film in 2002 (El Hijo de la Novia).
El Secreto de Sus Ojos was one of the few surprises of the night, beating out the film most critics bet on to take home the golden statue, France's Un Prophète, directed by Jacques Audiard. Campanella also bested three other remarkable movies for the title of Best Foreign Film; La Teta Asustada (Peru's first Oscar nod, directed Claudia Llosa), The White Ribbon, (from Germany, directed by Michael Haneke) and Ajami (from Israel, directed by Scadar Copti and Yaron Shani).