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After effectively killing Zero Dark Thirty’s chances for any of the top Oscars, the Senate has decided to drop its investigation into alleged communication between the CIA and the filmmakers.
While the film had been sweeping critics’ awards early in the 2012 awards seasons, the controversy surrounding torture scenes began to overshadow the film itself, just before the entire country got to see it. Last month, the Senate Intelligence Committee launched an investigation to find out what information the CIA shared with director Kathryn Bigelow and writer Mark Boal.
According to Reuters’ sources, the committee has decided to drop the investigation. The source was sure that the CIA never led the filmmakers to believe that “enhanced interrogations” helped find Osama Bin Laden.
During every event, Bigelow was asked questions about torture. Eventually, she wrote an op-ed, saying that she does not endorse torture. As a pacifist, she protests “against the use of torture, and, quite simply, inhumane treatment of any kind.”
Still, she didn’t get a Best Director nomination and the film only received five Oscar nominations. It won just one award, tying with Skyfall for sound editing.