Can Andy Serkis win an Oscar for ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’?

For more than a decade, Oscarologists have been outraged that Andy Serkis has not been considered seriously for award recognition when he performed such impressive, CGI-enhanced roles as Gollum in “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy and Ceasar in “Rise of the Planet of the Apes.” Now he’s getting hosannah reviews for his reprise as Ceasar in “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.”

The Oscars insist that they’re more hip these days. Does that mean they can finally consider motion-capture performances in the same league as live action turns? At least with a nomination, if not an Academy Award win? Gold Derby’s forums are abuzz with debate — follow it and join it here.

Can ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ reap revenge at the Oscars?

Sample comments below:

Tyler the Awesome Guy: I don’t think so. Definitely not a win, or even a nomination. Maybe a nomination for smaller critics’ awards, but honestly for a win, and for an Oscar win at that, not in a million years.

KyleBailey: I didn’t understand all the buzz with the first one but this one definitly makes a case. But he is a lead this time around rather than Supporting and it already looks like a battlefield for Best Actor this year. I think the fact that he learns how to speak in this one really added to his performance.

vinny: Saw it today. It was good. Oscar worthy Andy Serkis?…….possibly. He was great BUT there are some big releases coming out this Oscar season so we have to see how they hold up

KT: Andy Serkis deserved an Oscar nomination for The Two Towers over a decade ago.  He could’ve joined Chris Cooper and Ed Harris in a very strong lineup.  Shame really.  The Academy 30 years ago around Star Wars time would’ve already given Serkis a special Honorary Oscar for his achievements.  Ain’t no way the actors will nominate him for a film like Apes, which won’t even be on their radar

babypook: We nominate someone who ‘cant win’? Times are changing. Sirkis is an actor afterall, and one at the forefront of change, variety, and with few limits.

Gabriel: Not gonna happen. The Academy only responds to conventional acting. Same reason why Scarlett Johansson was dismissed for her great performance in Her. They just don’t care for  voiceovers/motion capture etc.

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2 thoughts on “Can Andy Serkis win an Oscar for ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’?

  1. I have to applaud 20th Century Fox for the campaign the launched for him with the last Apes film. I think it will take a while to change the Academy’s attitude towards such performances, and I think most studios wouldnt have bothered putting money into a campaign which largely served as a conversation starter on motion capture. Its kind of outrageous he didnt get nominated for the Two Towers of the Hobbit. His one “cave of riddles” scene in the Hobbit is an absolute master class in playing tactics that will be shown in college scene study classes for a long time.

  2. Without a doubt, it is possible but it’s improbable. I for one think he deserves it. He manages to bring out terror, sympathy and fascination in the audience through an inhuman creature. I’m guessing that’s not easy. If Scarlett Johansson can get a critics choice nomination for playing the voice of a computer, I’m sure there’s a chance that Andy Serkis can get an Academy Award nomination.

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