“Zero Dark Thirty” director Kathryn Bigelow is already blaming her Best Director Oscar nomination snub on the hacker group Anonymous, whom she believes hacked into the Academy’s online voting computers to prevent her from getting nominated in an effort to protest her film’s glorification of torture.
“It’s the only explanation,” Bigelow told Hollywood & Swine. “How else do you explain an Oscar snub for a female director so passionate about her movie that she convinced the CIA to reveal classified information? We need to immediately do another vote with paper ballots only.”
Within moments of Bigelow making her accusation, other actors and directors — all thought to be shoo-ins for nominations — also blamed Anonymous for altering the Academy voting. Among the snubbed were Ben Affleck, Tom Hooper, John Hawkes, Marion Cotillard, and Leonardo DiCaprio, all of whom are convinced that the hacker group is the only plausible explanation for why they too weren’t nominated.
The Academy immediately issued a statement denying that there is any evidence that their online voting process — done for the first time this year — was compromised by Anonymous. According to a spokesperson for the Academy, one of the main reasons they decided to offer online voting this year, was to help embarrassed actors, directors, and writers blame hackers for their Oscar snubs and help them save face with their peers.
In related Oscar news, Judd Apatow revealed that an early morning phone call got his entire family’s hopes up that “This is 40” received an Oscar nomination. Unfortunately, the phone call turned out to be a wrong number and Apatow was forced to break the news to his wife and two daughters that once again the Academy didn’t feel their acting was award-worthy.