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New ads everywhere want an Oscar for Andy Serkis

Dec. 6, 2011by: Paul Tassi

Here's a look at the form Fox's Oscar campaign for Andy Serkis is taking: a series of banner ads spread across a ton of major film sites like Variety and THR saying that "Now is the time" for an actor to earn a nomination for motion capture work.

The campaign had just been talk until now, but with these plastered all over the internet, I have a hunch that things are going to work out for Serkis. The Academy always wants to seem hip with the times and get people talking about it as viewership numbers have flagged in recent years, and this would be something to gather buzz if he was nominated. In fact, it's the only reason we're talking about the Oscars now at all, so it's already working.

I think they could have picked a better set of photos for the below ad, as Serkis has a snarl on his face that doesn't quite match Caesar's expression, but still, I like the thought.

Extra Tidbit: It's not just the tech though, it's the performance as well. Like as good as the facial capture was, no one in AVATAR deserved an Oscar nod in the least.
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4:32PM on 12/07/2011

NO

No he shouldn't and it won't happen so stop crying about it. They academy will not taint the oscars more by crossing that barrier. I can see a new category being added in the future to adjust with the times but they won't f*CK with their classic awards. Although adding 5 more movies to best movie was pretty bad, it will be nowhere near as bad as this.
No he shouldn't and it won't happen so stop crying about it. They academy will not taint the oscars more by crossing that barrier. I can see a new category being added in the future to adjust with the times but they won't f*CK with their classic awards. Although adding 5 more movies to best movie was pretty bad, it will be nowhere near as bad as this.
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12:12AM on 12/07/2011

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3:54AM on 12/07/2011
I just see a man pulling a face. The animators deserve the Oscar for making him look good.
I just see a man pulling a face. The animators deserve the Oscar for making him look good.
5:56AM on 12/07/2011
Definitely. It's like me performing a role in a back room to only Robert DeNiro and then him going out into the world and repeating my performance in an 'OOO AH' way.

Does that make me a good actor...?

As for the above link.... whoever made that picture stands a good chance of torpedoing Serkis' Oscar hopes...
Definitely. It's like me performing a role in a back room to only Robert DeNiro and then him going out into the world and repeating my performance in an 'OOO AH' way.

Does that make me a good actor...?

As for the above link.... whoever made that picture stands a good chance of torpedoing Serkis' Oscar hopes...
11:43PM on 12/06/2011

Meh

I'm about on the same page. Serkis is great within motion capture work, but his performance as an 'actor'...not sure that's the right direction to lead it.

Speaking of ads, I hope Bacardi performed sex favors for everyone at JoBlo. I think I'd have an easier time walking through the Korean Demilitarized Zone than going from one article to another without hitting a Bacardi ad that takes over my screen.
I'm about on the same page. Serkis is great within motion capture work, but his performance as an 'actor'...not sure that's the right direction to lead it.

Speaking of ads, I hope Bacardi performed sex favors for everyone at JoBlo. I think I'd have an easier time walking through the Korean Demilitarized Zone than going from one article to another without hitting a Bacardi ad that takes over my screen.
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12:11AM on 12/07/2011
uh... so he wasn't acting? He very much was, and he nailed it. I mean I thought it was a fucking ape, not Serkis, which is the point of acting, to create a character rather than just go 'oh it's just Tom Cruise' etc.
uh... so he wasn't acting? He very much was, and he nailed it. I mean I thought it was a fucking ape, not Serkis, which is the point of acting, to create a character rather than just go 'oh it's just Tom Cruise' etc.
6:00AM on 12/07/2011
Uh... he WAS acting? He very much wasn't. In fact I very much disagree...
Uh... he WAS acting? He very much wasn't. In fact I very much disagree...
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4:09PM on 12/06/2011
Who cares if we never see his face, the performance just wasn't Oscar worthy.
Who cares if we never see his face, the performance just wasn't Oscar worthy.
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2:57PM on 12/06/2011
And yes, Frank Oz should have received a nomination for Empire Strikes Back. And that was just the strength of his voice.
And yes, Frank Oz should have received a nomination for Empire Strikes Back. And that was just the strength of his voice.
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2:54PM on 12/06/2011

No technical reason not to.

John Hurt was nominated for Best Actor in a role for which he appeared entirely in prosthesis and make-up (Elephant Man.) Many actors, from Jane Wyman to Holly Hunter, have won Oscars for roles with no lines of dialog. Brad Pitt was half-CGI for much of Benjamin Button, and he got a nomination. If Serkis's performance is judged to be one of the five best in either category of the year, then damn straight he should get a nomination.
John Hurt was nominated for Best Actor in a role for which he appeared entirely in prosthesis and make-up (Elephant Man.) Many actors, from Jane Wyman to Holly Hunter, have won Oscars for roles with no lines of dialog. Brad Pitt was half-CGI for much of Benjamin Button, and he got a nomination. If Serkis's performance is judged to be one of the five best in either category of the year, then damn straight he should get a nomination.
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2:42PM on 12/06/2011
Pied Piper, topchambers, JimmyArrow - you're all sane. The rest of you? Mad, mad as hatters.
Pied Piper, topchambers, JimmyArrow - you're all sane. The rest of you? Mad, mad as hatters.
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1:55PM on 12/06/2011

Serkis is not a great actor

If he were better at acting, we'd see him more often in normal roles. The truth is, the scene where he showed his face was among the worst in the LOTR trilogy. He's a hammy actor, which explains why he's so good in motion capture but why he should never get an Oscar.
If he were better at acting, we'd see him more often in normal roles. The truth is, the scene where he showed his face was among the worst in the LOTR trilogy. He's a hammy actor, which explains why he's so good in motion capture but why he should never get an Oscar.
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12:57PM on 12/06/2011
Can't say I agree to be honest. He's a great artist within the 'performance capture' medium but as an actor - no. A man in a suit having his facial expressions translated by a computer is nothing compared to an actor on set, in a close-up 'warts and all'.

Plus am I the only one who finds Serkis annoying? He ruined TinTin for me...
Can't say I agree to be honest. He's a great artist within the 'performance capture' medium but as an actor - no. A man in a suit having his facial expressions translated by a computer is nothing compared to an actor on set, in a close-up 'warts and all'.

Plus am I the only one who finds Serkis annoying? He ruined TinTin for me...
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12:19PM on 12/06/2011

You wanna talk about ads?

This site is absurd with the mountain of pop-up, pop-sideways, drop down, pull up, etc, etc, etc advertisements. Good god. This place is MySpace now. All of these internet movie sites have the same information-- whatever they can steal from Deadline.com-- and I always liked the attitude better than others, but I think I'm done here. Just absurd.
This site is absurd with the mountain of pop-up, pop-sideways, drop down, pull up, etc, etc, etc advertisements. Good god. This place is MySpace now. All of these internet movie sites have the same information-- whatever they can steal from Deadline.com-- and I always liked the attitude better than others, but I think I'm done here. Just absurd.
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12:36PM on 12/06/2011
You're kidding me right? The one banner at the top and the 3 on the right side are too much for you? Doesn't distract me at all...I suggest you quit whining and get over it.
You're kidding me right? The one banner at the top and the 3 on the right side are too much for you? Doesn't distract me at all...I suggest you quit whining and get over it.
12:46PM on 12/06/2011
Adblock.
Adblock.
1:31PM on 12/06/2011
Bah, this guy is some kind of Deadline.com bot or something.
Bah, this guy is some kind of Deadline.com bot or something.
7:06PM on 12/06/2011
Sounds like somebody needs a tall glass of ice cold, refreshing Bacardi Superior.
Sounds like somebody needs a tall glass of ice cold, refreshing Bacardi Superior.
2:40AM on 12/07/2011
@PiedPiper Pretty funny. I honestly LoLed.

@Odysseus I think you have to be kidding. When I come to the site there is an ad that pushes down my entire screen, then it retreats into only the top 1/3 of my screen. There ads on either side of the screen as I scroll down, there is a toolbar sponsored by Bacardi running along the bottom of my screen, and every time I click on a new page a pop up ad for Bacardi comes up. Its ridiculous. It has gotten worse and worse on this site.

I've always
@PiedPiper Pretty funny. I honestly LoLed.

@Odysseus I think you have to be kidding. When I come to the site there is an ad that pushes down my entire screen, then it retreats into only the top 1/3 of my screen. There ads on either side of the screen as I scroll down, there is a toolbar sponsored by Bacardi running along the bottom of my screen, and every time I click on a new page a pop up ad for Bacardi comes up. Its ridiculous. It has gotten worse and worse on this site.

I've always enjoyed Joblo more than the other movie sites. They all have the same articles and info, but the presentation is what differentiates them. If this place forces me to visit AICN or CHUD to get my movie info fix then they will do the world a disservice.

Plenty of people seem to have liked my post, so I can't be the only one that feels this way.

12:16PM on 12/06/2011

I'm behind this.

But what matters the most is not the oscar itself but the recognition this man deserves.
But what matters the most is not the oscar itself but the recognition this man deserves.
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12:05PM on 12/06/2011
I'm assuming if he were to be nominated it would be for Best Supporing?
I'm assuming if he were to be nominated it would be for Best Supporing?
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11:55AM on 12/06/2011
Underrated actor.
Underrated actor.
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11:42AM on 12/06/2011

the amount of work he put in

he should get at least a nomination. But i do think he was more deserving in Two Towers. Also, i think Zoe Saldana was good enough in AVATAR for a nom.
he should get at least a nomination. But i do think he was more deserving in Two Towers. Also, i think Zoe Saldana was good enough in AVATAR for a nom.
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10:57AM on 12/06/2011
NOOOO! This will open the flood gates of cgi actors winning oscars. The Oscars are bullshit anyways, but they'll be even worse if people are given oscars who have their likenesses painted over by computers. Don't do it!
NOOOO! This will open the flood gates of cgi actors winning oscars. The Oscars are bullshit anyways, but they'll be even worse if people are given oscars who have their likenesses painted over by computers. Don't do it!
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10:55AM on 12/06/2011

DO IT DO IT

ANDY SERKIS HOME NOW.

DO IT
ANDY SERKIS HOME NOW.

DO IT
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