The senators behind an investigation into the ties between the film Zero Dark Thirty and government intelligence have closed the book on the subject.
A Congressional aide today confirmed to Reuters that the Committee led by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Senators John McCain (R-Ariz) and Carl Levin (D-Mich) has dropped its inquiry into Kathryn Bigelow’s Oscar-nominated film … The committee subsequently called for an investigation into the propriety of access given by the CIA to Bigelow and Oscar-nominated screenwriter Mark Boal, whose film depicts CIA operatives employing enhanced interrogation practices on detainees.
Zero Dark Thirty, which recounts the arduous task of tracking and finding Osama bin Laden, entered Oscar season with significant buzz. The movie picked up several “Best Film” honors from major critics groups, and then the combination of the senatorial investigation and hard-left actors protesting the film’s alleged support of torture entered the narrative.
The film’s Oscar chances never recovered.
Questions still remain regarding the investigation. Will the senators release a summary of the investigation’s findings? Could it be that their efforts were meant to capsize the movie’s Oscar hopes, and now that the trophies have all been given out there’s no need to pursue matters further?
The investigation itself bordered on the surreal, with Thirty screenwriter Mark Boal comparing it to the McCarthy era.