20 February 2013 1:05 PM, PST | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

From now until the Friday before the Oscars we'll be running daily pieces about why a film does or does not deserve Best Picture. We've analyzed reasons why Michael Haneke's Amour, Quentin Tarantino.s Django Unchained Benh Zeitlin.s Beasts of the Southern Wild, and David O. Russell.s Silver Linings Playbook all deserve the win. A pair of writers both attacked And defended Tom Hooper.s Les Miserables. Ang Lee's Life of Pi was deemed thematically weak. Now, Kristy digs into Kathryn Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty. Let's just admit it: Zero Dark Thirty has about zero chance of winning Best Picture. Yes, it is one of the best films of the year, earning a spot on countless critics' top ten lists, including mine. But after the movie became a political football for politicians who unfairly declared it "pro-torture" to further their own agendas, its Oscar prospects sunk fast. »

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