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Visual Effects Society calls out Oscars for Cats joke

While presenting the award for best visual effects, James Corden and Rebel Wilson came on stage dressed in their Cats costumes and passed a jibe about VFX in their film

Published: 11th February 2020

The Visual Effects Society (VES) isn't happy with James Corden and Rebel Wilson's act during the Oscars where they made fun of the CGI effects in Cats.

While presenting the award for best visual effects, the two actors came on stage dressed in their Cats costumes, and said, "As cast members of the motion picture Cats, nobody more than us understands the importance of good visual effects."

However, this jibe hasn't gone down well with the VES, which comprises of almost 4,000 members. 

"Last night, in presenting the Academy Award for Outstanding Visual Effects, the producers chose to make visual effects the punchline and suggested that bad VFX were to blame for the poor performance of the movie Cats. The best visual effects in the world will not compensate for a story told badly," the film body said in a statement posted on their official website.

"It demeaned the global community of expert VFX practitioners doing outstanding, challenging and visually stunning work to achieve the filmmakers' vision. Our artists, technicians and innovators deserve respect for their remarkable contributions to filmed entertainment, and should not be presented as the all-too-convenient scapegoat in service for a laugh," it added.

Concluding the statement, the body hoped that the Academy will properly honour the "craft of visual effects and all of the crafts, including cinematography and film editing, because we all deserve it."

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