Aquaman director James Wan called out the Academy and their Oscar snub of Aquaman’s visual effects team. He described the snub as a “f****** disgrace.”
Wan took to Facebook right when Aquaman was being released and thanked everyone and implored them to go see the film.
Kevin McIlwain, Aquaman’s Visual Effects Supervisor responded to Wan’s post writing, “Congrats James, It was such an honor to be a part of this creative endeavor and to work with you again. Cheers!!!!”
That’s when Wan responded calling out the Oscar snub.
“Kevin McIlwain, you and your department are the unsung heroes of this film. 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****** disgrace.”
McIlwain responded in kind.
“I’m with you James. 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 selection process is very flawed in my opinion and too open to influence.”
The ten films chosen for the Oscar’s “bake-off” include six Disney-owned properties which include Marvel Studios and Star Wars films. They are:
- Ant-Man and The Wasp
- Avengers: Infinity War
- Black Panther
- Christopher Robin
- First Man
- Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
- Marry Poppins Returns
- Ready Player One
- Solo: A Star Wars Story
- Welcome to Marwen
If you’ve seen Aquaman, you know the visual effects in the movie are out of this world whether it’s the fearsome Trench, Black Manta’s super suit, or some of the sheer awesomeness of the creatures and monsters found within the deep.
Aquaman turned the comical sea horse mount from the old cartoon show into a fearsome and ferocious steed that was a monster to be reckoned with. If there was one thing that really stood out in Aquaman it was the visual effects department.
Wan and company definitely have a right to be upset by the Oscar snub.
What do you think? Do you think Aquaman should have been nominated for an Oscar? Do you even care about the Oscars? Do you think Disney has influenced the Oscar nominations?