Should ANDY SERKIS Win An Oscar?

Should ANDY SERKIS Win An Oscar?

Andy Serkis' role in Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes has yet again raised the question of whether motion capture performances should receiving academy awards. Hit the jump for The Weekly Planet teams's take on whether or not this will ever happen, or even if it matters at all.

Andy Serkis' work as a predominantly motion capture performer has changed the way movies are made.  Over the years he's put in pioneering work in the Lord Of The Rings films, King Kong, Tin Tin, two Planet Of The Apes films and upcoming roles in The Avengers: Age Of Ultron and Star Wars: Episode VII.  But does his achievments entitle him to an academy award considering the amount of CGI involved?  Check out the embedded video below for Mr Sunday and Mason's view on the matter.  And be sure to share your thoughts below and to subscribe to Mr Sunday's new channel,

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sKeemAn - 7/18/2014, 8:01 AM
MarvelousMarty - 7/18/2014, 8:02 AM
No, just like last time. CGI chaps yes.
Sitterson - 7/18/2014, 8:03 AM
He should win something, this guy is amazing at what he does. Sadly, whoever seems to be the deciders for these kind of things are idiots most of the time in regards to Oscars.
Jollem - 7/18/2014, 8:04 AM
yes. these are a few others who also deserve an oscar by now

leonardo dicaprio
edward norton
gary oldman
Sitterson - 7/18/2014, 8:05 AM
@Jollem Compltley agreed. It's baffling how none of those guys have gotten an Oscar yet.
yossarian - 7/18/2014, 8:05 AM
For what?
Doopie - 7/18/2014, 8:07 AM
I'm inclined to say the Academy voters may not go for it due to the cgi but we live in a world where Cher can win an oscar so anything can happen really
EhMaybeSays - 7/18/2014, 8:08 AM
Stuntmen don't get Oscars so why should Mocap actors get them. People should stop clowning around with this Serkis business.
MisterPL - 7/18/2014, 8:09 AM
Andy Serkis should at least be eligible to be nominated as a lead actor for his role as Caeser.

If he was buried in makeup, no one would be arguing that the makeup guys should be given credit for his PERFORMANCE. The VFX folks already have their own categories.

It's Serkis' VOICE, it's Serkis PERFORMANCE.

Give the guy a nomination.
yossarian - 7/18/2014, 8:09 AM
Thank you rusty.
InfiniteMonkey - 7/18/2014, 8:10 AM
The Oscars are irrelevant.
Only the paycheck matters and the recognition from peers of how wonderful his work is.
No need to be recognised from an elite few who sit on their asses not knowing how much work goes into a project.
DefcoN - 7/18/2014, 8:10 AM
Absolutely. He should have won an Oscar years ago.
sKeemAn - 7/18/2014, 8:12 AM
Its about time the idiots at the Oscars recognize real talent and skill instead of picking the sane Hollywood performers every year. Oscars are a joke IMO.
Alfredo27 - 7/18/2014, 8:12 AM
no cuz of chris evans cap 2 best movie ever durdurdur
Sitterson - 7/18/2014, 8:13 AM
@Rust and yossarian, they are not stuntmen. Your comparison is completely unrelated. As MisterPL said, it is their performance and voice, and they are just as present and as talented as the other actors around them.
SuperCat - 7/18/2014, 8:15 AM
F*ck yeah, he should get it!

Jollem - 7/18/2014, 8:16 AM
thank you, Sitterson
EhMaybeSays - 7/18/2014, 8:16 AM
I agree that he should be eligible for voice acting nominations but making an award especially for him(lets face it, he'll win every year) is ridiculous.
MisterHolmes - 7/18/2014, 8:17 AM
P862010 - 7/18/2014, 8:17 AM
koba was better anyways
Doopie - 7/18/2014, 8:20 AM
Maybe they'll begin a new award just for mo-cap - the Andy Serkis award.

Daniel Day-Lewis would probably still win the thing
655321 - 7/18/2014, 8:22 AM
if actors in the movie the The Artist, can win or be up to win awards... Serkis should for the emotion he brings to the work he has done.
CombatWombat - 7/18/2014, 8:24 AM
no, but the VFX artists should
Doopie - 7/18/2014, 8:27 AM
First winner of The Andy Serkis AwardTM should definitely be Optimus Prime
Foolkiller - 7/18/2014, 8:27 AM
Absolutely not. CGI and Mo-Cap are lazy film-making. The only CBM I have seen which deserves a n oscar was for Michael Caine in The Dark Knight rises.
CherryBomb - 7/18/2014, 8:29 AM

What he does is amazing but there's so much more work that goes into a mo-cap performance than just Serkis. What makes it so spectacular are the CGI animators.

It annoys me when people ONLY credit Andy Serkis.
CherryBomb - 7/18/2014, 8:30 AM
But yeah, I get torn on subjects like this actually.
I felt ScarJo (who people know I'm not a fan of her acting in general) should've gotten a nomination for "Her", what she did with her voice was nothing short of amazing.
charlie2094 - 7/18/2014, 8:31 AM
Absolutely should be, Mo-Cap is just as much acting as it is regular live action, only difference is there's a layer of CGI placed over the performance. He should absolutely be eligible for awards, it's acting all the same, all the same emotions and nuances are there.
pepe - 7/18/2014, 8:33 AM
Gusto - 7/18/2014, 8:34 AM
LOL...give it up. Never gonna happen.
MisterPL - 7/18/2014, 8:36 AM
There's a significant difference between MOTION capture and PERFORMANCE capture.

Serkis is on the cutting edge of PERFORMANCE capture which is far more nuanced than simpler motion capture, which is just high-tech rotoscoping.

You can't look at Serkis' performance before the CG and not see and hear Caesar. The CG is essentially digital makeup, pixels instead of latex and fur.

And stunt people don't even have an Oscar category. Actors do. Apples and oranges.
Nubase - 7/18/2014, 8:39 AM
this movie must win awards, l left the cinema speechless, this movie is up there with the great sci fi movies, its a must watch
THEDARKKNIGHT1939 - 7/18/2014, 8:42 AM
Not gonna happen. [frick] the Oscars.
Vaportrail - 7/18/2014, 8:43 AM
I think this needs a new category. Best mocap performance/animation. The team involved is awarded it, like for best VFX or something.
Nubase - 7/18/2014, 8:44 AM
The thing about Oscars and perhaps not many on here realise is that to win an Oscar you have to campaign for it for a year, it means shaking hands with people, fake smiling and kissing butt, that how you get in and be considered, sir Anthony Hopkins, denzel Washington, all said that they will never campaign for an Oscar again cos the process you have to go through, even scorcase said he avoided the Oscar campaigns when he was younger cos he did not have the time for it.
LexHairFight - 7/18/2014, 8:46 AM
Before seeing the movie, I'd say no, but after... it was one hell of a performance. A great character and a wonderful portrayal of leadership. Serkis has to portray that leadership in his physical presence. Ceasar isn't the biggest, but he has to make it feel like he is.

It would be a great achievement if he got nomination.
GreenLantern519 - 7/18/2014, 8:48 AM
How about we wait until we see the rest of the films coming out this year. We still have five months of movies that are still eligible to be nominated. Oscar talk in July is dumb.
Phronesis - 7/18/2014, 8:51 AM
@CherryBomb Nowadays, there isn't much work for the animators. Mo-Cap has evolved to such a point where the actors literally take control of the performance. For example, when Serkis mo-capped King Kong back in 2005, a huge percentage of that was based off key-framing. But if you go see Dawn, most of Cesar movements, facial expressions, it's all him. There are some instances when the animators need to move... Let's say fur to interact with the environment, but 75% of that performance is Andy, not the animators.
Jollem - 7/18/2014, 8:55 AM
fun fact: andy is actually acting when he does what he does
MisterPL - 7/18/2014, 8:57 AM
This really shouldn't be about whether people think Serkis deserves to win.

It should be about whether he should be ELIGIBLE for the existing category of Best Actor in a Leading Role for his performance as Caesar in "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes."

I say YES.
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