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On the other hand, 'Les Miserables' adds two more Oscars as it grabs the Best Sound Mixing award and Best Supporting Actress prize for Anne Hathaway.
Chris Terrio claims the prize for Best Adapted Screenplay for the Iranian hostage drama, while Mark Boal wins the Best Original Screenplay for the Osama bin Laden hunt thriller.
The Osama bin Laden hunt film claims victory on the chart, defeating newcomers 'A Haunted House' and 'Gangster Squad'.
Sony co-chairman Amy Pascal lashes out at David Clennon, who openly declares that he won't vote for 'ZDT' because it 'never acknowledges that torture is immoral and criminal.'
The actor playing an agent who tortures a detainee in the Osama bin Laden hunt movie says the interrogation technique is 'very similar to surfing and getting dumped by a big wave.'
Accepting prestigious prizes from New York Film Critics Circle, Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal take time to fire back at senators who investigate CIA contacts who gave information to the filmmakers.
Portraying the real-life female agent, Chastain admits it's a hard task because she must use her 'imagination to fill in the blanks where the research couldn't answer the questions.'
Three senators write an open letter to the CIA contacts who talked to 'ZDT' makers, urging the agency to give evidence that harsh interrogation led to information about Osama bin Laden's whereabouts.
'What I want you to know is that Zero Dark Thirty is a dramatization, not a realistic portrayal of the facts,' Michael Morell wrote to his CIA personnel.
Pushing Sony Pictures to give a disclaimer to the Osama bin Laden hunt film, Dianne Feinstein, Carl Levin and John McCain write, 'You have a social and moral obligation to get the facts right...'
The senior senator from Arizona claims that the waterboarding technique as depicted in the movie did not lead to information about Osama bin Laden's whereabouts in Pakistan.
The 'Canyons' scribe confesses that he went too far with his Twitter rants, which he says make him 'look like I'm attacking Kathryn Bigelow when I just had an urge to tweet about her.'