Hollywood director Kathryn Bigelow has responded to the controversy surrounding her movie “Zero Dark Thirty,” a drama about the hunt for Osama bin Laden, as the awards season gets into full motion.
The enhanced interrogation segments, “torture” scenes in the film, have raised the ire of some Hollywood activists and prompted a number of senators to ask Sony Pictures to attach a disclaimer to the movie, informing audiences that the scenes are fictitious.
Bigelow was the first woman to win a Best Director Oscar for her war drama “The Hurt Locker” in 2008.
“Zero Dark Thirty” received five Academy nominations, including Best Picture. She was, however, snubbed by the Academy Award
this time around for Best Director.
Bigelow responded to the controversy in a statement to the Los Angeles Times.
"Experts disagree sharply on the facts and particulars of the intelligence hunt, and doubtlessly that debate will continue," Bigelow said. "As for what I personally believe, which has been the subject of inquiries, accusations and speculation, I think Osama bin Laden was found due to ingenious detective work. Torture was, however, as we all know, employed in the early years of the hunt. That doesn't mean it was the key to finding Bin Laden. It means it is a part of the story we couldn't ignore."
She also explained the need for realism in documenting a portion of the war on terror.
“War, obviously, isn't pretty, and we were not interested in portraying this military action as free of moral consequences," Bigelow argued.
The publicity has not hurt “Zero Dark Thirty” at the box office. The film topped the list in its opening weekend, pulling in $24 million.
Actor and Academy member David Clennon said that former Screen Actors Guild head Ed Asner and liberal activist-actor Martin Sheen were supporting a boycott of the film.
Asner warned that Bigelow is “in danger of becoming part of the system.”
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