Nope, Wakanda Forever, and Tilda Swinton Among PETA US Oscat Winners

Nope, Wakanda Forever, and Tilda Swinton Among PETA US Oscat Winners

London – PETA US has announced its annual Oscat Award winners, right as final voting begins for the 95th Academy Awards. For the sixth year running, the group is recognising compassionate stars and films that used storylines, costumes, and special effects to promote kindness to animals.

Best Actress went to Scottish icon Tilda Swinton for her compassionate decision to star alongside her own dog Louis in The Eternal Daughter, meaning that the dog has a loving home to return to after filming – not a barren cage at a training compound, which is the sad reality for many dogs in Hollywood. Winning Best Actor for his role in Jurassic World: Dominion, Jeff Goldblum wowed PETA US with his speech as Dr Ian Malcolm, warning against using animals (dinosaurs) in research and declaring that “human beings have no more right to safety or liberty than any other creature on this planet”.

Also making film sets kinder to animals, costume designer Ruth E Carter chose all faux fur for the cast of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, earning her a Faux for Fox Sake Oscat. PETA US says “Yup” to Jordan Peele with its Primo Primate award for his use of a computer-generated chimpanzee in Nope’s haunting depiction of why wild animals don’t belong on the sets of television shows. (Hint: the stress can make them attack their captors.)

“Animal advocacy got its close-up over the past year, from warnings about the dangers of forcing chimpanzees into the spotlight to impassioned speeches against human supremacy,” says PETA US Senior Vice President Lisa Lange. “Hollywood has come a long way, and we are delighted to celebrate all the leaders working to bring kindness to the big screen.”

Other winning films with positive messaging include the star-studded Puss in Boots: The Last Wish, which nabbed Best Animated Feature for promoting adoption and condemning hoarding and declawing animals. Fresh won the Meat Is Murder Oscat for depicting humans forced into captivity as an allegory for the meat industry’s cruelty. And in thanks to The Bad Guys for demonstrating that the real villains were the ones who tested on animals, the film won a Test Students, Not Animals award.

PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment” – opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit or follow the group on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.


Jennifer White +44 (0) 20 7837 6327; [email protected]

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