Director James Wan has called the exclusion of his film, Aquaman from visual effects Oscars shortlist a “f**king disgrace”. According to The Wrap, Wan voiced his displeasure through a comment on an old Facebook post.
Kelvin McIlwain, who worked as the visual effects supervisor on the Jason Momoa-fronted DC movie, had congratulated the director for his work on a post on social media a while ago.
Wan wrote, “Replying to 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****ing disgrace”.
Ant-Man and the Wasp, Avengers: Infinity War, Black Panther, Christopher Robin, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, Ready Player One, Solo: A Star Wars Story, Welcome to Marwen and Mary Poppins Returns are part of the shortlist.
Aquaman marks the superhero’s first independent appearance since Justice League. The Wrap further writes that it is the first Warner Bros on its away to hit the $1 billion dollar mark in box office collections after Dark Knight Rises in 2012.
The film traces the origins of Momoa’s Arthur Curry aka Aquaman as he struggles between his identity as a human and Atlantean. Also starring Amber Heard, Nicole Kidman and Patrick Wilson, it hit Indian cinemas on 14 December. Veteran actress Julie Andrews has also lent her voice to Kraken, a mythical sea creature that helps Momoa’s waterbound hero broker peace between Atlantis and the dry land.