Mother Of Murdered Toddler 'Disgusted' Over Oscar-Nominated Short Film About Her Son's Killers

Shaan Joshi

As previously reported by the Inquisitr, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences recently announced the nominations for the 91st Academy Awards, with over 120 nominations spread across 24 different categories.

While most moviegoers tend to focus on the more prestigious categories for feature-length movies -- acting, directing, producing, and screenwriting -- the Academy also honors filmmakers who opt to create short films. The Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film has been handed out since 1931, and like other award seasons, five films were nominated for this year's awards.

One film, in particular, is garnering a lot of attention around the internet, but not for the reasons you might think.

As detailed by the BBC, one U.K. mother is taking issue with Detainment, an Oscar-nominated short film directed by Vincent Lambe and Darren Mahon. The movie, which was first aired at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival, depicts the murder of James Bulger, a 2-year-old toddler who was abducted, tortured, and killed by two young boys in 1993.

Detainment recreates police interrogations of the two young murderers by making use of original transcripts -- as opposed to taking liberties and creating dialogue from scratch -- which lends a sense of realism to the film, which has a running time of just 30 minutes.

"I cannot express how disgusted and upset I am that this so-called film has been made and now nominated for an Oscar," Fergus tweeted.

"It's one thing making a film like this without contacting or getting permission from James [sic] family but another to have a child re-enact the final hours of James's [sic] life before he was 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..."

As the BBC notes, shortly after the Academy Award nominations were announced, Michael D. Higgins, the President of Ireland, tweeted a congratulatory message to the film's production team.