The organization’s honors, the “Oscats Awards,” have recognized the best movies and actors this year for positive storylines and CGI characters.
From Star Wars: The Last Jedi to Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, PETA, or the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, on Thursday revealed the Hollywood actors and movies it recognizes for animal-friendly achievements this year with its first-ever Oscats Awards.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi nabbed the prizes for best live-action movie and best original screenplay for positive storylines like Finn and Rose liberating fathiers used for racing and Chewbacca choosing not to eat a porg.
And a fur-free Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle won for best computer-generated imagery for creating an entirely digital jungle of realistic elephants and hippos, while Ferdinand nabbed the best animated film award for its titular character, a big-hearted bull who doesn’t belong in the ring.
In the acting categories, Andy Serkis, who played Caesar in War for the Planet of the Apes, shared the best actor prize with Doug Jones for The Shape of Water, which PETA said “captured the despair felt by those who are abused and kept chained.”
And Frances McDormand picked up the best actress honor for rescuing a bug who was stuck on his back in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.
“Hollywood was kinder than ever in 2017,” said PETA senior vp Lisa Lange in a statement as she cited the inclusion of animal rights messages in sci-fi blockbusters and motion-capture performances that kept live animals away from film sets.
Other PETA winners: Guillermo del Toro won for best director, Ryan Gosling for best costume, and What the Health for best documentary.