“Zero Dark Thirty” Victim Of Hollywood-Senate Conspiracy
Critics are crying foul, claiming that it wasn’t a lack of cinematic worthiness that caused the Academy to turn against the film, but because Kathryn Bigelow’s controversial movie had been targeted by a far-reaching Hollywood and bipartisan political conspiracy. The U.S Senate is rumored to have probed the film after being influenced by rival producers as part of an awards-season smear campaign. Who says Hollywood can’t do drama anymore?
The probe was dropped before Sunday’s telecast but this wasn’t public knowledge until the day after First Lady Michelle Obama announced that Argo had won Best Picture. Coincidence?
Led by Senators Dianne Feinstein, Carl Levin and John McCain, the probe in question investigated the ties between filmmakers of the film and the CIA, which Zero Dark Thirty depicts in a bad light. The Senators suggested the film might be inaccurate in its accounts of what led the CIA to Osama Bin Laden’s whereabouts, and wanted Sony Pictures Entertainment to include a disclaimer stating that torture tactics did not aid in bagging Bin Laden.
Still others believe that the probe was pushed on friendly senators by their friends (a.k.a. rival nominees), as a subtle way of discrediting Zero Dark Thirty and hurting its chances of winning an Oscar. (Considering that campaigning for film awards have become as cutthroat as political campaigns, it’s not out of the realm of possibilities.) This discrediting, in turn, clearly raised the chances of a pro-CIA film like Argo.
Factor in that FLOTUS Michelle Obama announced the winner of the category and that it would have been a PR disaster if a film accused of glorying torture like Zero Dark Thirty would have won, a Hollywood-Senatorial conspiracy sounds like it could have been the realest thing in Tinseltown.
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