Tehran: Iran`s state TV has described the country`s foreign film Oscar win as a victory over Israel.
The Monday broadcast says the award won by "The Separation" succeeded in "leaving behind" a film from the "Zionist regime”, a reference to the country`s arch-foe Israel.
"A Separation”, a tale of domestic turmoil, competed in the Oscars` foreign language category against the Israeli "Footnote”, about a rivalry between father-son Talmudic scholars.
Traditionally, Iranian officials are dismissive of international cultural ceremonies.
Iran has a long tradition of cultural achievements in cinema, literature and the arts. But clampdowns by hard-liners in recent years have included artists and others, forcing some to flee the country or work underground.