Fox To Push Ahead With "Best Supporting Actor" Oscar Campaign For Andy "Caesar" Serkis!

Fox To Push Ahead With "Best Supporting Actor" Oscar Campaign For Andy "Caesar" Serkis!

His motion capture work in Rise of the Planet of the Apes left critics and audiences equally awestruck, and Fox have now confirmed that they'll be giving the actor a well deserved push leading to the race for the the 2012 awards season...

By JoshWilding - Nov 05, 2011 10:11 AM EST
Filed Under: Sci-Fi
Source: Los Angeles Times - The Envelope



The Los Angeles Times report that 20th Century Fox will indeed campaign for Andy Serkis's motion capture work on Rise of the Planet of the Apes to be acknowledged come awards season. His work as "Gollum" in The Lord of the Rings trilogy and as "King Kong" in King Kong received similar acclaim from critics, but he's yet to receive any serious sort of recognition for his work. In fact, no actor has ever been nominated for any sort of motion capture performance, with Oscar nominated movie Avatar receiving not a single mention for its cast despite being up for nine other awards.

"Our job is to try to have people be aware of and recognize great performances, even when they come in this case in an unusual skin," said Tom Rothman, co-chairman and CEO of Fox Filmed Entertainment. "I think it's one of the great emotional performances ever. The challenge is to overcome preconceptions and certain prejudices, to have people understand that … the emotionality of the character on screen is not provided by the animators, it's provided by the actor."

Hard to argue with that. Serkis' performance as Caesar was fantastic, and while you have to also give it up for the special effects guys at WETA, it's hard to imagine the character rendered so effectively without a real life human touch. The site go on to confirm that Fox will hold screenings at the Screen Actors Guild and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences with the actor participating in Q&As via satellite from the New Zealand set of The Hobbit. Behind the scenes material will also be included in a series of "For Your Consideration" advertisements.




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Cross
Cross - 11/5/2011, 11:07 AM
Finally they are doing something good.
lokisilvertongue
lokisilvertongue - 11/5/2011, 11:15 AM
he definitely deserves it
MaddMonkk
MaddMonkk - 11/5/2011, 11:28 AM
I think he deserves it. I loved the movie more than any this summer including all the cbm's. BUT he won't get it. SAG is run by actors and they will recognize Serkis but he'll fall under special effects category. Watch and see.
Kayo
Kayo - 11/5/2011, 11:49 AM
@ Madd: Agree

@ Dev: Good point
Nemeres
Nemeres - 11/5/2011, 11:51 AM
Jesus. Dan Radcliffe and Rupert Grint being pushed for Best Actor, and now this? I'm glad the Academy's broadening their horizons, but the studios are turning this into a freaking party. Get real.
Nemeres
Nemeres - 11/5/2011, 11:51 AM
Jesus. Dan Radcliffe and Rupert Grint being pushed for Best Actor, and now this? I'm glad the Academy's broadening their horizons, but the studios are turning this into a freaking orgy. Get real.
CapA
CapA - 11/5/2011, 12:16 PM
The man is a pioneer. We'll have to wait until more diverse performances are noted to see a specific award for this type of acting. In the meantime, hell yeah, Oscar nomination will do !
RunDTC
RunDTC - 11/5/2011, 12:28 PM
interesting. plan to finally go see it this weekend.

@Nemeres: what??? WB wnats Radcliffe and Grint nominated for Best Actor? might as well nominate Chris Hemsworth and Hayley Atwell....
RunDTC
RunDTC - 11/5/2011, 12:28 PM
*wants
ultimatefan1974
ultimatefan1974 - 11/5/2011, 12:44 PM
He should run for lead, Caesar was the protagonist, but it´s good that the studio will campaign for him.
superbatspiderman
superbatspiderman - 11/5/2011, 12:46 PM
I think that Serkis definitely deserves it and it doesn't matter that he was covered in special effects it was still him doing the acting. If he wasn't there then Caesar would have looked really fake and cheesy.
Fantine
Fantine - 11/5/2011, 12:54 PM
I want Rooney Mara to win Best Actress for Dragon Tattoo.
PaulRom
PaulRom - 11/5/2011, 1:02 PM
He definitely deserves it. Would be awesome to see Tom Hiddleston nominated for his performance as Loki, but that's not gonna happen (hopefully Avengers will get something).
Bandrews1
Bandrews1 - 11/5/2011, 1:06 PM
Good to know, he deserves it.
TheWingedWonder
TheWingedWonder - 11/5/2011, 1:10 PM
This should happen, this guy is awesome.
Kayo
Kayo - 11/5/2011, 1:10 PM
@ Catwoman1: Yes...........that movie is another contender for oscar next year.
danwgriff
danwgriff - 11/5/2011, 1:11 PM
@ teabag- Could you just post more pics? Thank you in advance.
Tomontherun99
Tomontherun99 - 11/5/2011, 1:17 PM
The first good thing FOX have ever done?
Fantine
Fantine - 11/5/2011, 1:34 PM
Im a huge Oscar nerd, my predictions!

Best Actress:

Rooney Mara - The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Meryl Streep - The Iron Lady
Michelle Williams - My Week with Marilyn
Glen Close - Albert Nobbs
Elizabeth Olsen - Martha Marcy May Marlene

Best Actor:

Ryan Gosling - Drive
George Clooney - The Ides of March/The Decedents
Micheal Fassbender - Shame
Leonardo DiCaprio - J Edgar
Gary Oldman - Tinker, Tailor, Solider Spy

Best Supporting Actress:

Viola Davis - The Help
Carey Mulligan - Shame/Drive
Keria Knightley - A Dangerous Method
Tilda Swinton - We Need to Talk About Kevin
Octavia Spencer - The Help

Best Supporting Actor:

Albert Brooks - Drive
Armie Hammer - J Edgar
Brad Pitt - The Tree of Life
Tom Hardy - Warrior
Ezra Miller - We Need To Talk About Kevin

Best Picture:

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
The Help
Drive
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
The Tree of Life
Tinker, Tailor, Solider, Spy
J Edgar
The Ides of March
Midnight in Paris
We Need to Talk About Kevin
Mrcool210
Mrcool210 - 11/5/2011, 1:41 PM
but he wasnt even a supporting character, he was the main character, ugghhh
headlopper
headlopper - 11/5/2011, 2:05 PM
That's a 'no brainer' . Guy's the personification of the thespian craft.(what?)
AC1
AC1 - 11/5/2011, 2:19 PM
@Dev you could argue the facial expressions are his own. He acted the role as if he were the character, expressions and all. His expressions were then used and mapped onto the digital Caesar, so really, all of the emotion on Caesar's face was based on Serkis' emotions.

Serkis should definitely be given a nomination at the very least. It'd be a testament to his skill and acting ability. Gollum or Kong or Caesar wouldn't have been the same without him.

As for who should win, I'm not entirely sure yet. I think Gary Oldman might deserve it for Tinker Tailor. Just realized Andy's only been pushed to be nominated for 'supporting'... I was writing this as if he was being pushed for lead, which he was.

OK then, in the supporting category, If he doesnt win, then either Colin Firth or Mark Strong should get it for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.
McGinnis
McGinnis - 11/5/2011, 2:34 PM
I think he should definitely get nominated at least. I haven't had a chance to see the film yet but at the moment I think Nick Nolte will win Best Supporting Actor for his role in Warrior.
GreendaleHumanBeing
GreendaleHumanBeing - 11/5/2011, 4:16 PM
@Catwoman the Oscar for best picture doesn't have the 10 film rule this year. Some of those movies (esp. HP 7.5) wont get the nom because of the new rule.
TheSchemer
TheSchemer - 11/5/2011, 4:16 PM
I just saw The Ides of March. Sorry, but Clooney doesn't deserve a nomination for that. He was great, but he wasn't even the main character.Gosling on the other hand...
fisheyes38
fisheyes38 - 11/5/2011, 4:43 PM
Sorry, Andy. If you weren't nominated for your outstanding work as Smeagol/Gollum, you sure as hell aren't going to get it this time.
Supes17
Supes17 - 11/5/2011, 5:01 PM
Alvahnomicron
Alvahnomicron - 11/5/2011, 6:12 PM
They'll wait 'til hes only got a coupl'a marbles rollin' around in his head, has arthritis in both hands, and finally gets let out of Shawshank. Then they'll drop the "Honorary Lifetime Achievement" Oscar on him...
kingmonkeyman
kingmonkeyman - 11/5/2011, 11:43 PM
I agree that he put on a good performance but i don't agree that someone with no dialogue should be nominated for an acting award. If anything it should be the special effects department that is nominated for their work on bringing the character to life on the big screen.
pepe
pepe - 11/6/2011, 2:34 AM
"Damn You... Damn you all to hell"
Digitaria51
Digitaria51 - 11/7/2011, 6:12 AM
This movie was outstanding. He's the clear choice in my opinion
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