An agent representing the mother of murdered toddler James Bulger has hit out at the Oscars after the director ‘made no contact’ before filming.
Kym Rowlingson slammed The Academy Awards ceremony online this afternoon after it was announced that short film Detainment was up for an award.
She claimed The Oscars ‘didn’t listen’ to James’s family’s upset, ‘despite several emails and over 91,000 signatures’.
Kym said: ‘I actually cannot believe what I’ve just watched!
‘So The Oscars didn’t listen, despite several emails [and] over 91,000 signatures, the Director of the shocking disgraceful short film is up for an Oscar – when will poor Denise Fergus get a break from all of this!
‘I’m so angry.
‘How can a film be made about her sons murder with no contact made to Denise or the family, how can he get away with this?
‘He openly admitted on national TV he didn’t ask Denise’s permission because he knew she wouldn’t like it and it would upset her!!!!!
‘And that deserves an Oscar! What the hell is going on!’
Shortly after the announcement, Denise also hit out stating she was both ‘disgusted and upset’ by the news.
She said: ‘I cannot express how disgusted and upset I am at this so called film that has been made and now nominated for an Oscar.
‘It’s one thing making a film like this without contacting or getting permission from James’s family, but another to have a child re-enact that final hours of James’s life before he as brutally murdered and making myself and my family have to relive this all over again!
‘After everything I’ve said about this so-called film, and asking for it to be removed, it’s still been nominated for an Oscar even though over 90,000 people have signed a petition which has now been ignored just like my feelings by the Academy.
‘I’m so angry and upset at this present time.
‘I personally want to thank everyone that has signed the petition up to now and hopefully will carry on supporting me in this.
‘I just hope the film doesn’t win it’s category in the Oscars.’