"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."
"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," 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."