James Wan Furious Over 'Aquaman' Oscar VFX Snub
On Facebook, Wan called the omission a "f***ing disgrace."
For months, he's talked about the hard work in creating the underwater effects for the DCEU film, which was one of the reasons for the film's many delays.
Before its release, Warner Bros. chief Toby Emmerich praised the "incredible job" that Wan and his team did on the film, which is "imagining the underwater world in a way you haven't seen before."
"You and your department are the unsung heroes of this film," Wan told visual effects supervisor Kelvin McIlwain in a Facebook comment. "The fact that your VFX peers in the Academy aren’t recognizing or appreciating what we/you’ve all contributed to the film and cinema is a f–king disgrace."
Mcllwain replied, “It was a complete shock to everyone that we are not in the final 10 films that will be presenting at the Academy VFX Bake-off."
The films that have been announced for the VFX shortlist include a lot of Disney/Marvel films, which surely adds insult to injury.
The 10 films on the VFX Oscars shortlist:
"Ant-Man and the Wasp"
"Avengers: Infinity War"
"Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom"
"Mary Poppins Returns"
"Ready Player One"
"Solo: A Star Wars Story"
"Welcome to Marwen"
At least "Aquaman" has lots of lovely gold coin in its coffer to ease the sting. It's well on its way to becoming Warner Bros’ first billion-dollar release since "The Dark Knight Rises" in 2012.
It's possible it could still get nominated in other technical categories.
Nominations for the 91st Academy Awards will be announced on Tuesday, January 22.
[Via The Wrap]