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James Wan doesn’t hold back when he says how he feels about Aquaman not getting the VFX Oscar nod

January 6th, 2019 by Marc Comments

Well, look, we were all thinking it, weren’t we? 

When the official Oscar shortlist for visual effects dropped for next month’s ceremony, we were all shocked to see that James Wan’s Aquaman hadn’t made it on there, despite Ready Player One, Mary Poppins Returns, Welcome to Marwen, Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War all making it on there.

Now, while we admit that most of those movies had really good effects, we don’t think anyone could deny that, while Aquaman is flawed, its underwater world is a thing to behold and, apart from Episode I’s brief underwater scenes, something that really hasn’t been done before. The fact that it’s done so well means it absolutely should have gotten at the very least a nod.

And it seems that director James Wan agrees.

Taking to Facebook, Wan was chatting to visual effects supervisor Kelvin McIlwain when he told him: “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 f****ing disgrace”.

Harsh words for sure, but we can definitely feel Wan’s anger at the situation… can you?

Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….