Is “Zero Dark Thirty” poised for an Oscar win?

It hasn’t even been released yet, but Kathryn Bigelow’s “Zero Dark Thirty,” the intense drama focused on the CIA’s ten-year hunt for Osama bin Laden, has already has swept Best Film awards from the New York Film Critics Circle, Boston Society of Film Critics, National Board of Review and New York Film Critics Online. And independent film critics agree. New York Magazine ‘s David Edelstein, who picked “Thirty” as the best film of 2012, calls it “phenomenally gripping—an unholy masterwork.” Salon’s Andrew O’Hehir calls it “mesmerizing,” arguing that its “troubling” depictions of torture prompt viewers to answer tough but “excellent” questions. Time’s Richard Corliss wrote that it “blows ‘Argo’ out of the water.”  It’s even got the (dubious) honor of being hate-tweeted by famed writer Bret Easton Ellis.Continue Reading…

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Is “Zero Dark Thirty” poised for an Oscar win?

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