Though many have counted it out of the best picture race, "Zero Dark Thirty" is still fighting. Packaged with today's Variety  is a 38-page, full-color bound booklet with a kudos roll call, critical praise and screenplay excerpts, as well as director Kathryn Bigelow's Los Angeles Times op-ed defending the film's depiction of torture. The final words on the back page are a quote from Michael Phillips of the Chicago Tribune: "A movie that will endure."

Not to be outdone, "Argo" put forth an ersatz front cover of Variety today, playing off its now famous contrived appearance in the paper three decades ago.



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