For Immediate Release:
April 14, 2021
Moira Colley 202-483-7382
Los Angeles – PETA’s Animals in Film and Television division is in the awards season spirit with its fourth annual Oscats, which honor the movies and stars who promoted kindness to animals through props and wardrobe, story lines, and the use of special effects during the previous year.
Pete Davidson’s “Hunt Mushrooms, Not Animals” T-shirt in The King of Staten Island nabbed Best Costume and a perfectly-placed “Meat Is Murder” sticker on Riz Ahmed’s refrigerator in Sound of Metal won for Sticking It to Meat.
Meanwhile, Monkey Scene, Monkey Didn’t went to David Fincher’s Mank for using digitally rendered monkeys, elephants, and giraffes instead of real wild animals; Best Bear Who Wasn’t There went to The Call of the Wild for its innovative use of CGI; and Dolittle was praised for its Tech, Not Terror for swapping 1967’s live-animal cast with impressive computerized graphics.
Mike White scooped Best Adapted Screenplay for The One and Only Ivan, whose strong anti-captivity message was delivered without exploiting real wild animals; a server’s diatribe about the killing of sensitive cows for hamburgers in I’m Thinking of Ending Things nabbed the Meta Meat-Free Moment award; and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy vs. the Reverend earned the Best SeaWorld Snark prize for its Blackfish shout-out.
“Grab the vegan popcorn, call the dog over, and settle in to enjoy the animal-friendly moments in these flicks,” says PETA Senior Vice President Lisa Lange. “PETA’s Oscats celebrate the thoughtful ways Hollywood can show compassion for animals on both sides of the camera.”
The winners will each receive a framed certificate, and the full list—which also includes an In Memoriam nod to PETA pal Cloris Leachman—is available here.
PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. Anyone who sees an animal used for a production or at an animal training compound should report it at PETA.org/Report or 323-210-2233. For more information, please visit PETA.org or follow the group on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.
Note: “Oscar,” “Oscars,” “Academy Award,” and “Academy Awards” are registered trademarks of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which isn’t affiliated or associated with PETA, nor does it endorse, sponsor, or otherwise approve of PETA’s Oscats.