Argo is not my favorite film of the year. It didn't even make my best-of list. But it's a populist mainstream genre entry of uncommon craft and intelligence, rooted in character and narrative. In terms of the best representation of what 2012 had to offer, Argo is absolutely the movie of the year.
Both Boal and Bigelow seem intent on shoving aside the true facts about torture's effectiveness. All Boal would offer when I queried him on the subject recently was the pallid response that the issue was "politically controversial, as you know."