“I thankfully want to say that I’m standing in a room of people who understand that 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.” — Zero Dark Thirty director Kathryn Bigelow, speaking last night upon accepting the Best Picture award from the New York Film Critics Circle.

“I think at the end of the day, we made a film that allows us to look back at the past in a way that gives us a more clear-sighted appraisal of the future.” — Zero Dark Thirty screenwriter-producer Mark Boal speaking last night.