Senate Intelligence Committee drops investigation into ‘Zero Dark Thirty’

Zero Dark Thirty‘ might not have had a good showing at the Oscars on Sunday night, but Monday morning brought some good news for the film.

The Senate Intelligence Committee, which was looking into the filmmakers’ contacts with the Central Intelligence Agency, is no longer pursuing its investigation, as an anonymous congressional aide told Reuters.

The Committee launched its investigation when Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) called the movie “inaccurate and misleading,” particularly objecting to the depiction that “enhanced interrogation” techniques led to the capture of Osama bin Laden. A source close to the situation confirmed to Reuters that the CIA had not told filmmakers Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal that those techniques led to bin Laden’s capture, but had merely provided information for character development.

The political drama surrounding ‘Zero Dark Thirty‘ might have been to blame for its disappointing evening at the Academy Awards. Bigelow didn’t nab a Best Director nomination, which industry experts called a major snub. And the film didn’t win Best Picture — which went instead to ‘Argo‘ — even though it was at one time considered the frontrunner for the award.

Earlier this year, Bigelow wrote an article in The Los Angeles Times defending her right to create the film and depict scenes of torture.

At the time of Reuters‘ article, Sony Pictures Entertainment, the film’s production company, had not commented on the end of the investigation.

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