Movie musical Cats has reportedly been dumped from contention at the 2020 Oscars after being branded the ultimate Christmas turkey by critics.
The film adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s hit stage show has been hit with scathing reviews since its release over the holidays, with some branding it a cinematic “monstrosity”.
Universal Pictures are now said to have removed Cats from its FYC – For Your Consideration – page of qualifying movies for the Academy Awards.
According to Variety, it’s also not featured on the Academy’s streaming platform for potential Oscars contenders.
Cats features an all-star cast of actors including Dame Judi Dench, Taylor Swift , Idris Elba and Jenifer Hudson, and the songs from the stage show.
However, the glitzy line-up wasn’t able to save the film from the savage reviews from both critics and cinema-goers.
Vulture branded it a “monstrosity” while Tim Robey gave the film zero stars and branded it a “sinister, all-time disaster from which no one emerges unscathed”.
A review posted on Elle condemned the film as a “a nightmare that won’t end”.
Many cited the cats’ strange “unsettling appearance” and the lack of plot, while others admitted the characters left them both bewildered and terrified.
Peter Debruge of Variety wrote: “Sadly, this uneven eyesore turns out to be every bit the Jellicle catastrophe the haters anticipated…
“A half-digested hairball of a movie in which Hooper spends too much energy worrying about whether the technology is ready to accommodate his vision…
“And not enough focusing on what millions love about the musical in the first place.”
As well as being blasted by critics and audience members, Cats also flopped ay the box office, bringing in just $15.3 million worldwide in its first six days of release.
The movie is said to have blown through a massive $100 million budget and may now struggle to recoup its losses.