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Fox Pushes For Best Supporting Actor Nod For Motion Capture Actor

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Fox is pushing the Academy of Motion Pictures and Sciences for an Best Supporting Actor Oscar nod for Andy Serkis and his role in Rise of the Planet of the Apes.

But Serkis's face never on screen.

Fox CEO Tom Rothman is asking the Academy to consider Serkis who he feels was snubbed for his work on the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

Serkis is famous for his motion capture roles.

Having played Gollum in LOTR, Serkis played Caesar, the main chimp in the Apes flick.

Rothman said the following about Serkis's push:

I think we may be at the place where we will see a first-ever in Hollywood this year, which is to see Andy Serkis get nominated for a best supporting actor for Planet of the Apes, even though his face never actually appears. But his performance appears, so we are going to push that hard.

Oscar hasn't been kind of motion-capture actors.

Avatar broke box office records and received nine Oscar nods. None of which included acting nominations.

Do U think an actor should get a nod without showing his face?

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9 comments to “Fox Pushes For Best Supporting Actor Nod For Motion Capture Actor”

  1. 1

    Terrible Idea!
    This is very much like an athlete taking steroids, having bionic implants, and a team of pitch hitters.
    Yes, Andy did jump around in a suit that recorded his every move, but then a team of animators and technicians came back over that animation several times, cleaning, refining, and essentially creating a performance that would never be possible in real life. The TEAM of animators refined the motion to perfection. Adding emotion to the face, removing and speeding up bad timing. This is not something that was recorded, slapped on the character then sent to the render and print.
    Andy is a very talented actor, and he has specialized in this new technology, but it is a team of individuals that without whom, his performance would not be possible.
    I should add, there was never a discussion of Woody or Buzz being eligible. Ray Ramano plays a wonderful Mammoth, but no nod there. It is the same thing. The animators usually acto out a scene in their office, and do a rotoscope of their own performance. they also take the voice actors recording and try to match facial to the character.
    I am close and passionate on this subject. Do you know that most animation and VFX animators do not get listed in the credits, they are not eligible for royalties, and are often listed under catering and drivers due to a lack of union.

  2. 2

    ABSOLUTELY!!! Andy Serkis is amazing.. and especially in LOTR.. the movie wouldn't be as good without him, also Rise of the planet of the apes… it is a part of the movie he still has to act, yes he's in a suit and computers do a lot of work.. but there has to be an emotion in a movement to get it right on screen so that you feel i't's real.. and when you know your face isn't on screen you even have to make your movements greater.. not everyone could do that's I think it's an underestimated thing… so yes I think there should be an award for motion capture actors/artists….!

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  4. 4

    They missed their chance for this with the Lord of the Rings, where I think he actually had a chance.

    This however, not gonna happen.

  5. 5

    For Re: an_animator_again

    For a guy who calls himself "animator"… you are full of shit. This is NOTHING like nominating an actor for playing Woody, Buzz, or a freaking mammoth in a CGI cartoon movie. Those actors went into a studio and recorded lines for about 3 hours. There was no rotoscope done for any of those characters. Do you even know what rotoscope is? It isn't the same thing as motion-capture. Sure, they "might" film the actors in the booth to give the animators an idea of what there faces look like when they are doing the characters, but there is no motion capture or rotoscoping being done. The reason Andy Serkis is being considered for an Oscar is because the actor actually is in the film. Sure, they paint CGI over him in post to make him look like an ape, but it is a demanding, PHYSICAL performance. He is creating a character. His body is covered in sensors, and the facial expressions you see the ape make are expressions that the actor is making. Not just anyone can do this. Andy is the best in the business, and is used time and time again for a good reason.

  6. 6

    It arguably takes even more talent to be able to convey emotions through motion capture.

  7. 7

    He deserves a nomination. It crossed my mind when I watched the film. He was amazing.

  8. 8

    Yes. Yes. A million times yes. He is remarkable at what he does. Motion capture is not the same as voice acting. And you can't argue about the editing. All films are edited. It's an Oscar category itself.

  9. 9

    This movie was very good, and that is genuinly because of Serkis' excellent understanding of body language. Every scene with him was brilliant.