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The debate surrounding Zero Dark Thirty has escalated as the Oscars approach.
While the Senate Intelligence Committee is reportedly investigating communication between the films creators and the CIA, according to TheCelebrityCafe.com, the film may be taking hits in the awards realms as well.
The problem stems from remarks passed by Academy member David Clennon at a Los Angeles rally fighting against the torture of terror suspects, according to Reuters.
Clennon reportedly told KABC that he “believe[s] that the film clearly promotes a tolerance for torture” and that “you can't separate artistry and morality, and I hope that my fellow members of the Academy will consider the morality of each nominee” while stating that he hopes other members of the Academy will not cast their votes for Zero Dark Thirty.
Sony co-chairman Amy Pascal later issued a statement defending the film.
"We are outraged that any responsible member of the Academy would use their voting status in AMPAS as a platform to advance their own political agenda,” said Pascal.
Pascal also stated in no uncertain terms that “Zero Dark Thirty does not advocate torture.”
Among the five Oscar nominations that Zero Dark Thirty has received are ones for Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay.