Is There An Anti-Oscar Campaign Against 'American Sniper?'
Is Hollywood looking to shoot down the movie American Sniper at this year's Academy Awards?
That's the buzz as the controversial film with six Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture and Best Actor for Bradley Cooper continues to dominate the box office.
Rebecca Ford from The Hollywood Reporter told INSIDE EDITION, "War films and films about politics don't always jell well with the Hollywood left-leaning audience, so it really is a question of will it get any love when it comes to the Oscars."
Fox News channel's Sean Hannity put it bluntly. "I would fully expect American Sniper will get snubbed by the Hollywood elites."
A headline on the show biz website The Wrap read: "'American Sniper' Complaints Grow in Hollywood. Should Clint Eastwood Be Celebrating a 'Killer'?"
American Sniper is cleaning up in America's smaller cities, with eight of its top ten markets in Southern and Midwestern cities, including San Antonio, Oklahoma City, Houston, Nashville and Albuquerque.
"These are the more conservative and patriotic parts of the nation, and they're really turning out to see this story about the military and specfically this one hero," Ford explained.
Previous war films set in the Middle East such as Zero Dark Thirty and The Hurt Locker achieved critical acclaim, but nowhere near the blockbuster success of American Sniper.
"It's a very personal story, and people are gravitating toward hearing about this one man who overcame all these difficulties," she added.
Now, the former Marine accused of killing real-life American Sniper Chris Kyle at a gun range in 2013 wants his upcoming murder trial moved out of Erath County, Texas, fearing that he couldn't get a fair trial there due to the impact of this powerful movie.