“Chalk up this year’s nominations as a victory for the bullying power of the United States Senate and an undeserved loss for Zero Dark Thirty and director Kathryn Bigelow in particular,” L.A. Times critic Kenneth Turan wrote this morning. “If ZD30 has any message about what led to Bin Laden’s location, it’s that, rather than torture, it was the slow, meticulous, painstaking gathering of information over nearly a decade…that did the trick.”

Zero Dark Thirty‘s Kathryn Bigelow explained it all again to David Letterman. “Accurate in a way a movie can be accurate,” etc. Here’s the whole 11-minute segment.