Kathryn Bigelow and her screenwriter, Mark Boal, are now deep in the middle of the awards season push. Hot on the heels of the very well received first critics' screenings of their "Hurt Locker" follow-up, "Zero Dark Thirty," Bigelow and Boal are doing a big sit-down with ABC's "Nightline" on Monday night.
The film, starring Jessica Chastain as a CIA agent, chronicles the U.S. manhunt for Osama bin Laden, culminating in the Navy SEAL raid on his hideout in Pakistan.
Among the topics that Bigelow and Boal are addressing are the accusations that the filmmakers got improper access to classified documents in their preparation for the film. Boal tells ABC's Martha Raddatz that he thinks it's a bit of election year politicking.
"It was surreal and bizarre to have – I mean there were major players in the Republican party characterizing the script and the movie before I had written a word, and I found that just really baffling," Boal says in a clip of the interview released by ABC News.