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Sat Jan 26, 2019, 03:36 AM

Oscars 2019: James Bulger film to remain in Oscars

Source: BBC

Oscars 2019: James Bulger film to remain in Oscars

26 January 2019

A film recreating events around the notorious murder of two-year-old James Bulger will be allowed to compete at the Oscars, the awards' organisers say.

James' mother had called for Detainment to be withdrawn, after it was nominated in the best live action short category.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said it takes Denise Fergus's concerns "very seriously" but maintains a "neutral role" in the voting process.

It said academy members applied their "own judgment" on the film's merits.

James was a month short of his third birthday when he was abducted by two 10-year-old boys, Jon Venables and Robert Thompson, at the Strand shopping centre in Bootle, Merseyside, in 1993.

Detainment, directed by Vincent Lambe, recreates the police interviews with his killers, by using transcripts from the original tapes played in court during their trial.


Read more: https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-47012067

The young actors in a publicity shot for the film

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