Give Andy Serkis An Oscar Nom, Already!
Attention Academy: Can you please consider Andy Serkis for an Academy Award nomination?
At this Sunday's Golden Globes, Steven Spielberg called his The Adventures of Tintin star "the man of a thousand digital faces." The 47-year-old Brit actor has dazzled moviegoers with his incredible motion-capture performances in Rise of the Planet of the Apes, King Kong and The Lord of the Rings (not to mention his many live-action performances), but the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has so far ignored his craft.
I've been rooting for Serkis to be recognized since he blew me away with his performance as Gollum in The Lord of the Rings trilogy, specifically the scene in The Two Towers in which he has a conversation with himself. It gave me chills.
Now, watching unseen footage of his raw performance as the rebellious chimp Caesar in Rise of the Planet of the Apes, courtesy of HitFix, I get those chills again. Can you feel the emotional pull?
YES, I know that the polls for Oscar nominations closed last Friday, but after seeing this additional behind-the-scenes footage, my fingers are crossed that Serkis' name will be announced alongside the others on January 24.
In the past, the Academy has seen fit to nominate actors buried within heavy makeup, such as John Hurt in The Elephant Man. Eric Stoltz was nominated for a Golden Globe for his performance in Mask. Their faces obscured, they broke through the latex barrier with body language and vocal emotion. How is Serkis' performance any different?
Let's help usher the Academy into the digital age with an unprecedented nomination for the man who practically pioneered the motion-caption performance art form. This is a call to arms!