By Joey Magidson
They say that all’s fair in love and war, but perhaps it’s time to add Oscar campaigning to that duo. In a perfect world, the race for Best Picture would be a friendly battle between studios, but especially of late, things have taken a decidedly nasty turn. Just about as soon as a film gains momentum for the Academy Awards, the smear campaign begins.
At present, for example, some people are attempting to drum up a controversy about the usefulness of torture in regard to Zero Dark Thirty. While the film treats the real-life use of “enhanced interrogation techniques” as a matter-of-fact bit of the United States’ history, a campaign is underway to discredit that and the film along with it. There’s also been a recent instance of certain politicians proclaiming the film to be less accurate than it originally claimed.
On the one side, defenders of the film say that these are just the facts, regardless of whether it’s nice to think about or not. Detractors paint that as a misconstruction of the truth and claim that this film in some way glorifies torture. Having seen the movie, I fall clearly into the former camp, but I’m not completely surprised that the latter claims have sprung up.
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