'Your papers, please' must never be heard in America
Independent voices from the TWT Communities
A few weeks ago, "Zero Dark Thirty" seemed well on its way to capturing the Academy Award for best picture. It was winning early critic awards and gaining the kind of momentum a movie needs to win Hollywood's biggest prize.
Could congressional scrutiny over such an emotionally charged issue as alleged torture be affecting the awards momentum of “Zero Dark Thirty”?
"For academy voters, there's two issues here: Some believe the filmmakers fudged the facts. And even if they didn't get it wrong, there's the notion that showing torture and acknowledging its role in the decade-long hunt for bin Laden all but endorses its use. That's going to ding the film's Oscar hopes," Mr. Whipp said. "But Hollywood hates Washington grandstanding, and there's a deep-seated belief among academy members that the complaints are coming from people pursuing their own political agendas."
"After all, 'Zero Dark Thirty' was still nominated for picture and four other Oscars," he pointed out. "It's more of a case of the directors' branch still being a boys club."