A visual effects artist who worked on box office flop Cats has his claws out after two of the movie's stars cracked jokes about the film’s VFX at the Oscars on Sunday night.
Presenting the award for Best Visual Effects, James Corden and Rebel Wilson, who co-starred in the movie, appeared dressed as cats and sent up the special effects in the movie.
"As cast members of the motion picture Cats, nobody more than us understands the importance of good visual effects," they said, before announcing that First World War drama 1917 had won the coveted award.
However, VFX artist Yves McCrae, who worked on the universally maligned film, has not taken kindly to the comments and has had a bit of a hissy fit.
"Hey guys I haven’t watched all of the Oscars but I assume these two were really classy and thanked me for working 80 hour weeks right up until I was laid off and the studio closed, right?" McCrae said on Twitter on Monday night.
Hey guys I haven't watched all of the Oscars but I assume these two were really classy and thanked me for working 80 hour weeks right up until I was laid off and the studio closed, right? https://t.co/dolAwK2xbr— Yves McCrae (@YvesTM) February 11, 2020
In a second tweet, he added: "Thank you to everyone for the outpouring of kind words and support! Hearing how much people enjoyed the movie far outweighs a couple misguided jokes!"
Thank you to everyone for the outpouring of kind words and support! Hearing how much people enjoyed the movie far outweighs a couple misguided jokes! 😻😻😻— Yves McCrae (@YvesTM) February 11, 2020
The Visual Effects Society has also released an angry statement over suggestions that Cats’ poor box office performance was down to the bad VFX.
"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," they said. "The best visual effects in the world will not compensate for a story told badly."
They added: "On a night that is all about honouring the work of talented artists, it is immensely disappointing that the Academy made visual effects the butt of a joke. 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."
Cats, which was released last December and directed by Tom Hopper, was savaged by critics and is on track to lose $100 million, according to Variety magazine.
The furrago of a flick has also picked up eight nominations at the Razzie Awards, the annual gong show for the worst achievements in film.
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