Tonight's shindig in Hollywood will be celebrating the year 2012 in film. But one cinematic top dog is now looking more like the elephant in the room.
Bin Laden hunt-flick "Zero Dark Thirty" has seen its chances for garnering the Best Picture award nearly vanish since its release late last year, reports Bloomberg
's Michael White. Despite being among the best-reviewed films of the year, and obtaining kudos from groups like the New York and Boston Film Critics Associations, word on the street is that ZDT
will be getting the snub tonight. And it's got nothing to do with the acting, the editing, or the cinematography.
It's the film's seeming endorsement of torture. If not explicitly, then by the casual impression left on some viewers that it might have helped track down OBL.
"The outcry from Washington and influential industry voices has made 'Zero Dark Thirty' a tough vote for left-leaning Hollywood," writes White. "It's led to a split between academy members disturbed by torture scenes that imply harsh methods worked, and others who defend the filmmakers' right to artistic freedom." White lists politicos Dianne Feinstein and John McCain, and actors Ed Asner and Martin Sheen among its more vocal opponents.
So who's the new favorite to be crowned Best Picture? Ben Affleck's "Argo," which is not only a non-controversial feel-good movie (relatively speaking), but a flick that manages to make Hollywood itself the center of attention. And boy does the academy love that