James Wan Says ‘Aquaman’ Not Getting Best VFX Oscar Nom Is a ‘F*cking Disgrace’

While films like 'First Man,' 'Avengers: Infinity War,' 'Black Panther,' and 'Solo: A Star Wars Story' all made the shortlist, DC's 'Aquaman' did not.

James Wan

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James Wan

The full list of Oscar nominations won't be arriving until Tuesday, but thanks to the Academy releasing the shortlist for certain categories, we already know which films won't be receiving a nomination when it comes to Best Visual Effects. While films like First ManAvengers: Infinity WarChristopher RobinBlack PantherReady Player One, and Solo: A Star Wars Story all made the shortlist, DC's Aquaman did not. James Wan, the flick's director, is not happy about that.

On a Facebook post celebrating the release of Aquaman, the film's visual effects supervisor Kelvin Mcllwain commented to offer his congratulations. As The Wrap reports, Wan responded by writing, "Kelvin, 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 fucking disgrace."

Mcllwain offered his own follow-up: "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." Aquaman, which sits at a respectable 64 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, has received praise for its lavish visuals.

The final nominees for Best Visual Effects will be revealed next week alongside the rest of the categories. The worldwide gross of Aquaman is currently sitting at over $846 million, on track to become the best performing film in DC's Cinematic Universe. 

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