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Fox wants a Best Supporting Actor nomination for Andy Serkis

11.06.2014

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We all love Andy Serkis, that’s just a fact. The man works harder than most and deserves all the credit in the world for making performance capture a household term even my mother can understand. For the last few years the notion of Serkis finally receiving substantial credit in the way of an Oscar has come up in conversation a lot. Fox has recently revealed that it will campaign for Serkis to land a Best Supporting Actor nod for his role as Caesar in DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES.

THR reported the news saying Fox will push for several members of the Dawn cast, including performance-capture actor Toby Kebbell, to be considered in the Supporting categories across the board. It makes sense for Fox to go for the Supporting category I think as there is a better chance they will give him a nod that way considering the strong leads he would be going up against in the Best Actor category (Steve Carell in FOXCATCHER comes to mind). Could this be his year? With some strong campaigning and visibility, it could very well be.

The Academy, for better or worse, has been trying to step out of the stigma that it’s a bunch of old codgers running the place with "cool" hosts and calling it The Oscars finally. However, they have also been slow to recognize performance-capture as art. Let’s get it going already!

What do you think? Will he get the nomination?

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11:49PM on 11/09/2014

Not again....

Every friggen year with this plea for MOCAP recognition. It doesn't matter if the Academy is wanting to shake their "old fogey" reputation, it's clear they're not budging from their MOCAP standpoint.

Keep on casting, Hollywood. But, the Academy isn't biting anytime soon.
Every friggen year with this plea for MOCAP recognition. It doesn't matter if the Academy is wanting to shake their "old fogey" reputation, it's clear they're not budging from their MOCAP standpoint.

Keep on casting, Hollywood. But, the Academy isn't biting anytime soon.
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8:30PM on 11/07/2014

nope

being able to jump around like a monkey isnt acting.
being able to jump around like a monkey isnt acting.
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11:07AM on 11/07/2014

Won't happen - shouldn't happen

Serkis is doing great work but he can't get an Oscar nod for acting for a film he doesn't even appear in. To get one, he'll have to play by the same rules as anyone else, unless they create a new specialized category (maybe one that include voice acting?)
Serkis is doing great work but he can't get an Oscar nod for acting for a film he doesn't even appear in. To get one, he'll have to play by the same rules as anyone else, unless they create a new specialized category (maybe one that include voice acting?)
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11:03AM on 11/07/2014

I think that ship has sailed

I think his best chance at the oscar would have come from Rise. He was phenomenal in the part, and it was new and fresh, etc... That was when the iron was hot, and they chose not to strike. I could see Toby Kebbel getting nominated, as he was very good in Dawn. But Caesar was the LEAD, not the supporting character they're suggesting
I think his best chance at the oscar would have come from Rise. He was phenomenal in the part, and it was new and fresh, etc... That was when the iron was hot, and they chose not to strike. I could see Toby Kebbel getting nominated, as he was very good in Dawn. But Caesar was the LEAD, not the supporting character they're suggesting
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10:20AM on 11/07/2014

Eyes !

Emotions come from eyes and the MOCAP cant capture EYES.
Emotions come from eyes and the MOCAP cant capture EYES.
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9:09AM on 11/07/2014
Some have said that Rise of the Planet of the Apes was better than Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, and plot wise that may be true. But Andy Serkis gave an amazing performance as Ceasar in this one. Not one of an Ape discovering his place, but as a real leader with multiple layers. Serkis has been great in so many things, as Gollum, as Kong, but for me this performance was his best yet. He got more mileage out of this script than anybody else could.
Some have said that Rise of the Planet of the Apes was better than Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, and plot wise that may be true. But Andy Serkis gave an amazing performance as Ceasar in this one. Not one of an Ape discovering his place, but as a real leader with multiple layers. Serkis has been great in so many things, as Gollum, as Kong, but for me this performance was his best yet. He got more mileage out of this script than anybody else could.
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7:28PM on 11/06/2014
I get the feeling a lot of the "actors" who vote in the category will always just consider him a special effect.
It'd be great to see him nominated but I think at most we'll see a special award for him somewhere down the line.
I get the feeling a lot of the "actors" who vote in the category will always just consider him a special effect.
It'd be great to see him nominated but I think at most we'll see a special award for him somewhere down the line.
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7:24PM on 11/06/2014
Many summer blockbusters claim to be "character pieces". Dawn of the Planet of the Apes really is a character piece, thanks in no small part to Serkis' performance.
Many summer blockbusters claim to be "character pieces". Dawn of the Planet of the Apes really is a character piece, thanks in no small part to Serkis' performance.
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4:02PM on 11/06/2014
Like most below me, I think Serkis is way over due for his work on motion capture acting. Going forward, acting as a cgi character will be the norm, so hopefully the academy will place these performances in "best/supporting actor", or create a new category.
Like most below me, I think Serkis is way over due for his work on motion capture acting. Going forward, acting as a cgi character will be the norm, so hopefully the academy will place these performances in "best/supporting actor", or create a new category.
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3:24PM on 11/06/2014
I wouldve supported Serkis going a notmination for Lord of the Rings, King Kong, and the first Planet of the Apes movie. But this last one i didnt feel was all that special. As an actor its the same role as one he's already done, which the Academy rarely ever appriciates, and this time around wasn't as demanding as the first film.

However, i want him to get an honorary award for his achievements in motion capturing performances. I want them to acknowledge that motion captured acting is just
I wouldve supported Serkis going a notmination for Lord of the Rings, King Kong, and the first Planet of the Apes movie. But this last one i didnt feel was all that special. As an actor its the same role as one he's already done, which the Academy rarely ever appriciates, and this time around wasn't as demanding as the first film.

However, i want him to get an honorary award for his achievements in motion capturing performances. I want them to acknowledge that motion captured acting is just as demanding and challenging as regular acting. I wouldve liked to see Zoe Saldana get a nomination for Avatar.
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3:12PM on 11/06/2014
I definitely think Caesar is a lead in that movie, but if it has to be supporting to get the man a nomination, I'll take it.
I definitely think Caesar is a lead in that movie, but if it has to be supporting to get the man a nomination, I'll take it.
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3:02PM on 11/06/2014

Cue the backlash!

A lot of animators will complain that their work on Caesar and Gollum was at least as important as Andy Serkis' performance when it comes to awards time.

Nevertheless, Andy Serkis is an excellent actor who deserves recognition for his work. He really set the gold standard for motion-capture acting.
A lot of animators will complain that their work on Caesar and Gollum was at least as important as Andy Serkis' performance when it comes to awards time.

Nevertheless, Andy Serkis is an excellent actor who deserves recognition for his work. He really set the gold standard for motion-capture acting.
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2:59PM on 11/06/2014
They both did an amazing job in the film (Serkis and Kebbell), but this reminds me of the whole Johansson debacle if she deserves to be nominated for her excellent voice work in 'Her'. And I because of that I don't think it will happen unfortunately for Serkis and/or Kebbell.

Anyway, as of right now my pick for Best Supporting Actor would go to Edward Norton for Birdman.
They both did an amazing job in the film (Serkis and Kebbell), but this reminds me of the whole Johansson debacle if she deserves to be nominated for her excellent voice work in 'Her'. And I because of that I don't think it will happen unfortunately for Serkis and/or Kebbell.

Anyway, as of right now my pick for Best Supporting Actor would go to Edward Norton for Birdman.
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2:53PM on 11/06/2014
Supporting actor? He was the main actor in that film (and he was excellent).

The Academy doesn't know (even all these years later) how to categorize what Serkis has done in film. Long overdue for him to get true recognition for his unique acting work.
Supporting actor? He was the main actor in that film (and he was excellent).

The Academy doesn't know (even all these years later) how to categorize what Serkis has done in film. Long overdue for him to get true recognition for his unique acting work.
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2:49PM on 11/06/2014
Awesome news, and way overdue! It's almost criminal that no category exists to properly credit performance-capture actors (as well as the TONS of people who work behind the scenes. None of this would work if it weren't for them as well). Serkis and Kebbell practically stole the show in Dawn, and they deserve all the praise in the world for embodying such emotion and personality and projecting that into purely CGI characters.
Awesome news, and way overdue! It's almost criminal that no category exists to properly credit performance-capture actors (as well as the TONS of people who work behind the scenes. None of this would work if it weren't for them as well). Serkis and Kebbell practically stole the show in Dawn, and they deserve all the praise in the world for embodying such emotion and personality and projecting that into purely CGI characters.
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