Just one day after "Zero Dark Thirty" was completely shut out at the Academy Awards, another august body of stuffed shirts has also decided to completely ignore the acclaimed Kathryn Bigelow film: Congress.
Yes, according to Reuters, the Senate Intelligence Committee — otherwise known as the Department of Ultimate Oxymorons — has dropped their threatened investigation into whether or not classified information about the hunt for Osama bin Laden was provided to Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal.
Still no word yet on whether their investigation into the death of Adam Sandler's career will continue or not.
For those who haven't been paying attention, the Senate Intelligence Committee, which is chaired by Senator Dianne Feinstein (D, California, as they say inside the Beltway), got their knickers in a twist over "Zero Dark Thirty's" portrayal of torture. Namely, they were cheesed off that the movie suggests that torture was a key component in the capture and killing of bin Laden in 2011.
As a result, Feinstein and company had threatened to bring Bigelow and Boal before the Committee in an attempt to find out where they got their information. Now, however, the Committee has apparently decided that since "Zero Dark Thirty" didn't win any Oscars, it's just not such a big deal after all. Funny thing that.
Of course, cynics might wonder what would have happened if "Zero Dark Thirty" had instead won Best Picture and provided an opportunity for Congress to make even more sensational headlines. And some Hollywood insiders feel that the controversy basically killed "Zero Dark Thirty's" chances at the Oscars, with many voters uneasy about the prospect of potentially endorsing such a patently treasonous endeavor. But hey, it's not like Congress has anything better to do anyway, right?
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