James Wan Upset Over Oscars Best VFX Shortlist

James Wan Is Ticked Off About Aquaman Not Making It Into the Oscars Best VFX Shortlist

The director of Aquaman is not pleased about the movie not making it into the Oscars Best VFX Shortlist. Many directors likely feel the same way, but James Wan has not been afraid to share his opinion on the matter.

The Oscars Best VFX Shortlist

James Wan Upset About Oscars Best VFX Shortlist
How did this not make the shortlist?

Ten films made it onto the list, and not a single one includes the trident-wielding hero. These films include, in order of how the shortlist shows them: Ant-Man and the Wasp, Avengers: Infinity War, Black Panther, Christopher Robin, First Man, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, Mary Poppins Returns, Ready Player One, Solo: A Star Wars Story, and Welcome to Marwen.

The list had originally started out with twenty films, and is now down to these ten. Aquaman had made it into the list of the top twenty, so many were surprised that it got cut out along with nine other films (Bumblebee, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, The Incredibles 2, Isle of Dogs, Mission: Impossible – Fallout, Mortal Engines, The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, Paddington 2, A Quiet Place). The decision leaves three Marvel movies in the running. Meanwhile, no DC movies are going to make it forward.

James Wan’s Reaction

Aquaman Director James Wan

James Wan was not afraid to be vocal in his call-out against the decision. His statements have made it clear that he’s more offended for his VFX supervisor’s sake than anything else. He was quick to step up in defense of Kelvin McIlwain.

In a statement against the Academy, he reportedly said: 

“You and your departments are the unsung heroes of the 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 fucking disgrace.”

The Oscars

The Oscars will run from Sunday, February 24th to Monday, February 25th. During that time the Academy will announce the winners. But the real question is: how many people will be tuning in to watch? Some fans (from multiple fandoms, mind you) are feeling a bit burned by the decisions being made this year, as in years past. 

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