People For The Ethical Treatment Of Animals Launch Their Own Film Awards
Saturday 2nd March 2019 | David
While the Academy Awards celebrate the best Hollywood have to offer, the the organisation known as the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals have also launched their own set of awards celebrating the treatment and depiction of animals on the big screen.
Known as the PETA Oscats, the awards have been held since 2017, with the top prize being known as The Cat's Meow, which is pretty much the Oscat’s answer to Best Picture. This year, the top award was handed to Marvel Studios' Black Panther, with PETA praising not only how the filmmakers created animals using computer-generated imagery instead of forcing live animals to perform, but also how lead actor Chadwick Boseman stuck to a vegan diet while filming. Special praise was also given to how the Jabari Tribe of warriors were depicted as being vegetarians, with Winston Duke, who played M'Baku in the Marvel Cinematic Universe film, winning the award for Best Actor.
Other awards included Best Director for Bradley Cooper for casting his own dog in A Star is Born instead of using one supplied by a training facility, Best Actress for Natalie Portman in Vox Lux and Annihilation for her dedication to using an all-vegan wardrobe, and Best Animated Feature for Wes Anderson's Isle of Dogs. Mowgli and The Meg also won awards for Best Instant Karma Moments for depicting animals striking back against abusive humans.
Although it was the first Star Wars film to have lost money at the box office, Solo: A Star Wars Story also won for Best Costume, on account of Donald Glover’s fur-free jacket. One film which did not lose money at the box office, however, was the massively successful Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, which was awarded Best SeaWorld Side-Eye for its strong message of how exploiting captive animals is dangerous and immoral.
Legendary comic creator Stan Lee sadly passed away at the age of 95 last December, although he was honoured with the PETA Oscat In Memoriam award. Throughout his career at Marvel, Lee helped to create universe where heroes abide by strong ethical codes and principles, which PETA explain helped ‘fans to act with compassion and stand up against injustice’, making Stan Lee a real-life superhero.
Unlike the actual Academy Awards, the Oscats did not receive a receive deal of press coverage and were not presented in a ceremony watched by millions, but PETA still deserve to be applauded for going out of their way to remind that that animals are people too. Instead of an expensive gold statuette, each of the winners will receive a framed certificate, something they should hang proudly on their walls.
You can view the fill list of Oscat winners here, and you make a donation to PETA here.