If you ask any cinephile, the godfather of motion-capture performances for nearly two decades now has been Andy Serkis. The popular British actor has given us what I believe to be a trio of Oscar-worthy performances, including Gollum (“The Lord Of The Rings” series), Caesar (“The Planet of the Apes” series) and the titular “King Kong” (2005). These rank as some of the academy’s biggest oversights ever, but Serkis is hardly alone. In fact, I’ve come up with the Top 10 greatest motion-capture and voice-over performances that should have been nominated at the Oscars. See photos above.
Another such criminally-snubbed performance came from Scarlett Johnasson, who breathed a deep, emotionally-complex life into the OS system in Spike Jonze’s quirky romance “Her” (2013). Creating a genuinely believable romance with Joaquin Phoenix’s Theodore (and breaking our hearts in the process as well as his), Johnasson contended for Best Supporting Actress at the Critics’ Choice Awards; she lost to eventual Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o (“12 Years a Slave”).
And then there’s the late great Robin Williams, one of, if not the best, comic actors of our time. In Disney’s “Aladdin” (1992), he wowed everyone with his enigmatic, 100 miles an hour performance littered with great impressions and improvised one-liners. Simply put, “Aladdin” would be nowhere near as good with the late, great comic genius that was Williams. Not a sniff of Oscar chatter but it was 1992, to be fair.