Call For ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ To Be Boycotted By Oscars
It is rarely if ever that, the Academy has ever called for a movie to be boycotted. Well, if Academy member David Clennon has a say in it, ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ might be boycotted by the Academy. Many would argue that everybody has the right to put their point across and in the free world you cannot boycott something, just because you don’t like it personally. According to Clennon the movie “promotes the acceptance of the crime of torture, as a legitimate weapon in America’s so-called War on Terror”.
Whether he likes it not and as much as the truth might hurt and as much as it might be a bitter pill to swallow, even he in his heart of hearts knows that Zero Dark Thirty to quite an extent has depicted facts, which needed to probably be told. “I cannot vote for a film that makes heroes of Americans who commit the crime of torture” Clennon was further quoted as saying. He has the right to his opinion and can choose to not vote for the film, but it probably is wrong for him to try to influence other people’s opinions. Sony is the studio involved in the making of the film and it’s not too pleased with an Academy member trying to influence the voting.
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Sony President Amy Pascal reacted on the issue by expressing her outrage and was quoted as saying “Zero Dark Thirty does not advocate torture. To not include that part of history would have been irresponsible and inaccurate. We fully support Kathryn Bigelow and [screenwriter] Mark Boal and stand behind this extraordinary movie. 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.” Zero Dark Thirty has received five Oscar nominations, but to the surprise of many the film’s director Kathryn Bigelow failed to receive a nomination.
Zero Dark Thirty will compete only for best film, best original screenwriting, best actress (Jessica Chastain) and two editing prizes. All the controversy that Zero Dark Thirty has created has only helped bolster its box-office collections. The movie in a single weekend managed to earn more money than what Bigelow’s previous film Hurt Locker did through its entire US box-office run. Although, Hurt Locker was better received by the Academy, than Zero Dark Thirty.
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