Oscars 2019: ‘Aquaman’ director James Wan describes Academy snub as a “f*****g disgrace”

Aquaman director James Wan has been left furious after his film failed to secure an Oscars nomination in the category of ‘Best Special Effects’ nominations.

The film, which already hit box office records with its opening day, has emerged as a massive success and earned in excess of $93.6 million on the opening weekend. 

The superhero film, based on the DC Comics character of the same name,  is the sixth instalment in the DC Extended Universe and has the screenplay by David Leslie, Johnson-McGoldrick and Will Beall. 

Jason Momoa famously takes the lead and is backed up by an eye-catching cast of  Amber Heard, Willem Dafoe, Patrick Wilson, Dolph Lundgren, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, and Nicole Kidman in supporting roles.

Despite its commercial success, Aquaman failed to receive a nod from the Academy which instead recognised the likes of Mary Poppins Returns, Solo: A Star Wars Story and Christopher Robin in the ‘Best Visual Effects’ category.

Responding in a post on social media, Wan said: “Kelvin, you and your department are the unsung heroes of this film.”

He added: “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”.

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