Wednesday, 12 February 2020 08:02

Oscars 2020: Fur flies, vegan burgers and RIP Luke Perry

As the dust settles following Sunday's Oscars ceremony, we take a look at the latest stories to emerge from the show's embers.

Our first tail (geddit?) is about a film that was unsurprisingly overlooked by the Academy - Tom Hooper's ill-fated big-screen adaptation of Cats.

The audience at the Dolby Theatre purred with delight when James Corden and Rebel Wilson turned up to present an award dressed as their characters in the film.

Yet their catty jibe about the movie's much-criticised visual effects left one party feline distinctly aggrieved.

In a statement released on Monday, the Visual Effects Society said it was "immensely disappointing" that visual effects had been "the butt of a joke".

The film musical received catastrophic reviews when it opened last year.

Tom Hooper's adaptation of the Andrew Lloyd Webber show is also up for eight Golden Raspberrys, awards that celebrate the year's worst films.

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Sunday's ceremony saw Corden and Wilson present the Oscars for best visual effects while dressed as their characters Bustopher Jones and Jennyanydots.

"As cast members of the motion picture Cats, nobody more than us understands the importance of good visual effects," they declared, before presenting the award to 1917.

Corden told the BBC's Colin Paterson after the show that he was happy to poke fun at himself.

"It's important to take all of these things with a bag of salt... we had a nice time, it was a fun little bit to do".

He added that he hadn't had a lot of time to mingle with the stars during the ceremony.

"A lot of the time I spent in a small room being made to look like a cat!"

Many critics found fault with Cats' effects, which were used to turn its starry cast into furry hybrids with both human and feline attributes.

Work on the film's effects continued even after its release, with updated prints being sent to cinemas after it had opened.

It followed reports that earlier prints had shown Dame Judi Dench's character with a human hand - an oversight Corden and Wilson mirrored in their Oscar costumes.

In its statement, the Visual Effects Society (VES) said the duo's skit had "suggested that bad VFX were to blame for the poor performance of the movie".

"The best visual effects in the world will not compensate for a story told badly," the society continued.

"Our artists, technicians and innovators deserve respect for their remarkable contributions... and should not be presented as the all-too-convenient scapegoat in service for a laugh."

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the organisation behind the annual ceremony, has yet to respond.


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