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A controversial short film about the murder of toddler James Bulger will be allowed to compete at the Oscars.
James' mother, Denise Fergus, had asked for Vincent Lambe's Detainment to be pulled from next month's ceremony after it was nominated in the best live action short category.
Mrs - Fergus - Imagery - Film - Reenactments
Mrs Fergus said she was haunted by some of the imagery in the film, especially reenactments of James being led away by the hand by his killers Jon Venables and Robert Thompson.
Despite her pleas, the Academy has confirmed Detainment will remain in contention.
Statement - 'The - Academy - Deepest - Condolences
In a statement, it said: 'The Academy offers its deepest condolences to Ms Fergus and her family. We are deeply moved and saddened by the loss that they have endured, and we take their concerns very seriously.
'Following long-standing foundational principles established to maintain the integrity of the awards, the Academy does not in any way influence the voting process.
'Detainment - Academy - Members - Choices - Individual
'Detainment was voted on by Academy members. When making their choices, each individual applies their own judgment regarding the films' creative, artistic and technical merits.
'We understand that this will not alleviate the pain experienced by the family; however...
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