Oscar Politics 101: Voter Boycotted 'Zero Dark Thirty,' Claims It Condones 'Torture'

Oscar Politics 101: Voter Boycotted 'Zero Dark Thirty,' Claims It Condones 'Torture'

Lest anyone think liberal politics don’t factor into the names read aloud on Oscar night, consider the case of David Clennon.

The veteran actor, perhaps best known for a recurring role on “Thirtysomething,” proudly published an op-ed proclaiming his opposition to a film recounting the search for Osama bin Laden.

Clennon didn’t cite shoddy acting, unfocused direction or other qualities that might disqualify “Zero Dark Thirty.” Instead, the actor felt the film condoned torture, and that was all he needed to know.

“I’m a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The Motion Picture Academy clearly warns its members not to disclose their votes for Academy Awards. Nevertheless, I firmly believe that the film ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ promotes the acceptance of the crime of torture, as a legitimate weapon in America’s so-called War on Terror. In that belief, following my conscience, I will not vote for ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ in any category… I cannot vote for a film that makes heroes of Americans who commit the crime of torture.”

No nod to Jessica Chastain for her brilliant performance or director Kathryn Bigelow for commandeering a challenging story without resorting to cheap theatrics.


Clennon disagrees with the film’s depiction of a key battle in the “so-called” War on Terror. is it any wonder Bigelow got snubbed for her work this year?