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February 26th, 2013
10:36 PM ET

Tony Mendez on "Argo" winning at the Oscars: "Nothing I ever did in the service was as scary as that moment"

On Sunday evening, the cast and crew of the hit film "Argo" celebrated atop tinsel town, basking in the glow of an Oscar trophy that crowned their movie the best of the year. Tonight, 48 hours later, Piers Morgan welcomed the people responsible for bringing the gritty real life tale to Hollywood's silver screen.

Having lived the story first hand as an officer, Tony Mendez went on to pen the book "Argo: How the CIA and Hollywood Pulled off the Most Audacious Rescue in History," on which the Ben Affleck-led project is based. Joining the "Piers Morgan Tonight" host in studio, he described his feelings while waiting to hear the results late Sunday night:

"It was beyond belief," admitted the author of four non-fiction books, who now works full-time as an artist. "It was an emotional reaction, it was amazing. Nothing I ever did in the service was as scary as that moment. But it also had the high as well as the low."

Seated alongside her husband, Jonna Mendez reflected on the emotions tied to nearly half a decade of work:

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February 26th, 2013
05:33 PM ET

Tonight: Mark O'Mara and Antonio Mendez in a pair of live interviews

One year to the day since the tragic death of Florida teen Trayvon Martin, this evening "Piers Morgan Tonight" welcomes Mark O'Mara, a man slated to play an enormous role in a story that has captivated the nation since it broke, and figures to gain that much more public traction and scrutiny when the case goes to trial this summer.

Representing George Zimmerman – the man who shot and killed Martin on February 26, 2012 – O'Mara has been interviewed numerous times by Piers Morgan during the course of the last 12 months, in the past touching upon everything from the case's racial undertones to steadying his moral compass while soliciting funds for his clients defense.

Tonight's live, exclusive interview with criminal defense and family law attorney comes one night after the "Piers Morgan Tonight" host welcomed the parents of the late Trayvon Martin, as part of a conversation on gun violence and this evening's candlelight ceremony New York.

In addition to O'Mara, meanwhile, tonight Morgan will also welcome the man who literally wrote the book on "Argo." FULL POST

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February 26th, 2013
03:02 PM ET

Clips From Last Night: Travyon Martin's parents mark one year since their son's death; Catholic priests respond to new reports of church scandal

As Tuesday marks one year since the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed 17-year-old killed by neighborhood watch leader George Zimmerman in Sanford, Fla., "Piers Morgan Tonight" welcomed Martin's mother, Sybrina Fulton, his father, Tracy Martin, and family attorney Benjamin Crump.

Sybrina Fulton shared with host Piers Morgan how she planned to commemorate her son's life and death on Tuesday with "a candlelight ceremony here in New York."

"We also did a benefit dinner to help our foundation, so that we can try to do some of the things that we need to do so that we can make sure that no other parents have to go through what we have gone through in the last year," said Sybrina Fulton.

During the interview, Tracy Martin expressed his anger over "the senseless gun violence that's been happening since our son's tragic loss."

It's time for America to take a look at our gun laws," said Tracy Martin. "Take a look at the people that are purchasing guns, people that they are giving gun licenses to, because it's just too much senseless violence, just overwhelming the homes right now."

"We as parents certainly feel the pain for the children and the parents from Sandy Hook, the parents of the children that are being killed in Chicago, and parents that are dealing with loss all over this country. We certainly empathize with them."

Also on the program, Episcopal priest Fr. Albert Cutié and Jesuit priest Fr. Thomas Reese joined Morgan to discuss the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI amid scandal including the resignation of Britain's top Catholic archbishop and reports in the Italian press about the alleged blackmail of gay priests by male prostitutes in Rome. FULL POST

Need to Know News: 18 tourists die in hot air balloon explosion in Egypt; Spending cuts showdown may drag on
February 26th, 2013
11:31 AM ET

Need to Know News: 18 tourists die in hot air balloon explosion in Egypt; Spending cuts showdown may drag on

Each day, we here at "Piers Morgan Tonight" put together the news you need to know – from what happened last night to what will happen today.

For February 26, 2013 – 18 tourists die in hot air balloon explosion in Egypt, spending cuts showdown may drag on, and "The Onion" apologizes for vulgar Quvenzhané Wallis tweet...

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