Sony Co-Chairman: ZERO DARK THIRTY Does 'Not Advocate Torture'

Sony Co-Chairman: ZERO DARK THIRTY Does 'Not Advocate Torture'Zero Dark Thirty has, since its inception, garnered a fair share of criticism, and stirred an even greater bit of controversy.

The Kathryn Bigelow-directed film, which follows the decade-long manhunt for Osama bin Laden, depicts American government officials commiting acts of torture.

Today, AMPAS member David Clennon vocally announced that he would not be voting for Zero Dark Thirty for 'Best Picture' in this year's Academy Awards race, due to its promotion of of the violent acts. Clennon said the film, "makes heroes of Americans who commit the crime of torture."

Just this evening, Sony Co-Chairman Amy Pascal released a statement addressing Clennon's remarks:

"Zero Dark Thirty does not advocate torture. To not include that part of history would have been irresponsible and inaccurate. We fully support Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal and stand behind this extraordinary movie. We are outraged that any responsible member of the Academy would use their voting status in AMPAS as a platform to advance their own political agenda. This film should be judged free of partisanship. To punish an Artist's right of expression is abhorrent. This community, more than any other, should know how reprehensible that is. While we fully respect everyone's right to express their opinion, this activity is really an affront to the Academy and artistic creative freedom. This attempt to censure one of the great films of our time should be opposed. As Kathryn Bigelow so appropriately said earlier this week, 'depiction is not endorsement, and if it was, no artist could ever portray inhumane practices; no author could ever write about them; and no filmmaker could ever delve into the knotty subjects of our time.' We believe members of the Academy will judge the film on its true merits and will tune out the wrongful and misdirected rhetoric."

Sony Co-Chairman: ZERO DARK THIRTY Does 'Not Advocate Torture'

Zero Dark Thirty was recently nominated for five Academy Awards, including 'Best Picture' and its star Jessica Chastain for 'Best Actress.'

Directed and co-produced by Kathryn Bigelow with a screenplay by Mark Boal, both associated with The Hurt Locker, also features Chris Pratt, James Gandolfini, Joel Edgerton, EdgaR Ramirez, and Mark Strong.

Zero Dark Thirty is now in theaters everywhere.