TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - An official says Iran should boycott the 2013 Oscars in the wake of the anti-Islam film that denigrates the Prophet Muhammad.
Javad Shamaghdari, from the government-controlled cinema agency, says Iran should "avoid" the Hollywood festival.
The semi-official Mehr news agency on Monday quoted Shamaghdari as urging the committee in charge of selecting Iran's choice to take a step back.
The committee already picked "Yek Habbeh Ghand," or "A Cube of Sugar" - a film about a family wedding turning into a funeral when the groom's relative dies - to run for best foreign film. The government has still to endorse the selection.
Shamaghdari says the Oscars should be boycotted until the organizers denounce the anti-Islam film, which was made in the U.S. and which prompted outrage among Muslims world over.