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  • RobertoTerra
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    #93694

    What if the Academy gave an Oscar for voice acting in an animated feature? Who would get nominated? Who’d win? Here are some possibilities (counting from 2001, the year the Best Animated Feature category was introduced):

    ** denotes my personal winner

    2001
    -Steve Buscemi as Randall Boggs in Monsters, Inc 
    -Eartha Kitt as Yzma in The Emperor’s New Groove
    -Mike Myers as Shrek in Shrek
    -Eddie Murphy as Donkey in Shrek **
    -Leonard Nimoy as Kashekim Nedakh in Atlantis: The Lost Empire

    2002
    -Corey Burton as Captain Hook in Return to Neverland 
    -Daveigh Chase as Lilo in Lilo & Stitch 
    -John Leguizamo as Sid in Ice Age **
    -Kevin Michael Richardson as Gantu in Lilo & Stitch 
    -Emma Thompson as Captain Amelia in Treasure Planet

    2003
    -Joe Alasky as Bugs Buuny/Daffy Duck/Beaky Buzzard/Sylvester/Mama Bear in Looney Tunes: Back In Action
    -Albert Brooks as Marlin in Finding Nemo
    -Jim Cummings as Kaa/Colonel Haithi/Buzzie/Flankey in The Jungle Book 2 
    -Ellen DeGeneres as Dory in Finding Nemo **
    -Jeremy Suarez as Koda in Brother Bear

    2004
    -Antonio Banderas as Puss in Boots in Shrek 2 
    -Brad Bird as Edna Mode in The Incredibles **
    -Samuel L. Jackson as Lucius Best/Frozen in The Incredibles
    -Robert De Niro as Don Lino in Shark Tale
    -Jennifer Saunders as Fairy Godmother in Shrek 2

    2005
    -Sacha Baron Cohen as King Julien in Madagascar
    -Danny Elfman as Bonejangles in Corpse Bride
    -Ralph Fiennes as Lord Victor Quartermaine in Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabitt **
    -Chris Rock as Marty in Madagascar 
    -Tracey Ullman as Nell Van Dort/Hildegarde in Corpse Bride

    2006
    -Steve Carrell as Hammy in Over The Edge
    -Maggie Gyllenhaall as Elizabeth “Zee” in Monster House
    -Ian McKellen as The Toad in Flushed Away **
    -Wanda Sykes as Stella in Over The Edge
    -Robin Williams as Ramón/Lovelace in Happy Feet

    2007
    -Hank Azaria as Professor Frink/Comic Book Guy/Moe/Chief Wiggum/Lou/Carl/Cletus/Bumblebee Man/Apu/Dr. Nick/The Sea Captain in The Simpsons Movie
    -Jeff Bridges as Ezekiel ‘Big Z’ Topanga in Surf’s Up
    -Nancy Cartwright as Bart Simpsons/Maggie Simpson/Ralph/Nelson/Todd in The Simpsons Movie
    -Janeane Garofalo as Coletee Tatou in Ratatouille
    -Ian Holm as Skinner in Ratatouille **

    2008
    -Ben Brutt as WALL-E in WALL-E
    -Rupert Everett as Prince Charming in Shrek the Third
    -Dustin Hoffman as Master Shifu in Kung Fu Panda **
    -James Hong as Mr. Ping in Kung Fu Panda
    -Mark Walton as Rhino in Bolt

    2009
    -Jennifer Cody as Charlotte La Bouf in The Princess and the Frog **
    -Keith David as Doctor Facilier in The Princess and the Frog
    -Hugh Laurie as Dr. Cockroach in Monsters vs. Aliens
    -Jenifer Lewis as Mama Odie in The Princess and the Frog
    -Christopher Plummer as Charles F. Muntz in Up

    2010
    -Tim Allen as Buzz Lightyear in Toy Story 3 **
    -Ned Beatty as Lots-O’-Huggin’ Bear in Toy Story 3
    -Steve Carell as Gru in Despicable Me
    -Tom Hanks as Woody in Toy Story 3 
    -Donna Murphy as Mother Gothel in Tangled

    2011
    -Zach Galifianakis as Humpty Alexander Dumpty in Puss in Boots **
    -Jemaine Clement as Nigel in Rio
    -Anne Hathaway as Jewel in Rio
    -Bill Nighy as Grand-Santa in Arthur Christmas
    -Amy Sedaris as Jill in Puss in Boots

    2012
    -Martin Landau as Mr. Rzykruski in Frankenweenie
    -Catherine O’Hara as Susan Frankenstein/Gym Teacher/Weird Girl in Frankenweenie
    -Imelda Staunton as Queen Victoria in The Pirates! Band of Misfits **
    -Emma Thompson as Queen Elinor in Brave
    -Alan Tudyk as King Candy in Wreck-It Ralph

    So? What is your opinion? 


     

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    Scottferguson
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    #93696

    There shouldn’t be a fifth acting award for acting. In a balanced Oscars, there’d be at most two, one for best lead actor, one for best supporting actor. There is no reason to divide acting by gender. Acting ranks below directing, writing, editing, and cinematography in importance to the artistic success of movies, yet it already has four Oscars, while all of the above except writing have one.

    My guess is your guesses are reasonable, but I can’t imagine the Academy ever doing it,. There should be fewer Oscars in my opinion, not more.

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    Daniel B.
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    #93697

    Up until just a couple of years ago, some categories were limited to three nominees (Sound Editing, Visual Effects), some still only have three nominees (Makeup), and even the animation category has had, depending on the number of eligible films released, only three nominees on several occasions.

    A theoretical Oscar for Best Voice Acting strikes me as the type that would never warrant five nominees, and would most likely not be limited to animated films. It would probably include narration, and voiceovers for singing roles (although, this probably would not be as applicable as it would have been back in the ’60s, when someone like Marni Nixon could have racked up a few voiceover Oscars). I also think that they would use this type of a category to recognize motion-capture performances.

    With all of that in mind, here are what I would imagine a 3-slot lineup of nominees would have probably looked something like since 2001:

    2001
    (unfortunately, The Emperor’s New Groove would not have been eligible, since it was a 2000 flick)
    • Billy Crystal, Monsters, Inc.
    • John Goodman, Monsters, Inc.
    • Eddie Murphy, Shrek *

    2002
    • Daveigh Chase, Lilo & Stitch
    • John Leguizamo, Ice Age
    • Andy Serkis, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers *

    2003
    (Serkis ineligible because he appears onscreen)
    • Béatrice Bonifassi, The Triplets of Belleville
    • Albert Brooks, Finding Nemo
    • Ellen Degeneres, Finding Nemo *

    2004
    • Antonio Banderas, Shrek 2
    • Brad Bird, The Incredibles *
    Samuel L. Jackson, The Incredibles

    2005
    (Serkis ineligible for King Kong because he also appears onscreen)
    • Helena Bonham Carter, Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit
    • Morgan Freeman, March of the Penguins
    • Peter Sallis, Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit *

    2006
    • Larry the Cable Guy, Cars
    • Bill Nighy, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest
    • Robin Williams, Happy Feet *

    2007
    • Hank Azaria, The Simpsons Movie 
    • Ian Holm, Ratatouille
    • Peter O’Toole, Ratatouille *

    2008
    • Paul Bettany, Iron Man
    • Ben Burtt, WALL-E *
    • Dustin Hoffman, Kung Fu Panda

    2009
    • Ed Asner, Up
    • George Clooney, The Fantastic Mr. Fox
    • Zoe Saldana, Avatar *

    2010
    • Ned Beatty, Toy Story 3 *
    • Steve Carell, Despicable Me
    • Tom Hanks, Toy Story 3

    2011
    • Jim Cummings, Winnie the Pooh
    • Bill Nighy, Arthur Christmas
    • Andy Serkis, Rise of the Planet of the Apes *

    2012
    • Billy Connolly, Brave
    • Kelly Macdonald, Brave
    • Alan Tudyk, Wreck-It-Ralph 

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    24Emmy
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    #93698

    I wouldn’t mind them having 3 nominees.

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    Anonymous
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    #93699

    I don’t think there should be anymore categories. I did like the idea of Stunts, but the show is too long with too many activities. Not saying they don’t deserve the acclaim…

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    GoMe91
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    #93700

    I’d like to see this category exist. One category. Three nominations. That would nice.

    I alwasy found it out odd that is wasn’t until 2001 that they created the Animated Feature category. I mean, they had a category for animated short films. Why couldn’t full length features get honored? 

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    RobertoTerra
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    #93701

    Up until just a couple of years ago, some categories were limited to three nominees (Sound Editing, Visual Effects), some still only have three nominees (Makeup), and even the animation category has had, depending on the number of eligible films released, only three nominees on several occasions.

    A theoretical Oscar for Best Voice Acting strikes me as the type that would never warrant five nominees, and would most likely not be limited to animated films.

    True, but in some cases it was really hard to choose only five. Three would be even harder. That’s why I put five nominees. But yes, in other cases some of those nominees were really fillers

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    RobertoTerra
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    #93702

    I’d like to see this category exist. One category. Three nominations. That would nice.

    I alwasy found it out odd that is wasn’t until 2001 that they created the Animated Feature category. I mean, they had a category for animated short films. Why couldn’t full length features get honored? 

    Maybe because full lenght animated features were eligible for Best Picture (as Beauty and the Beast did) 

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    Junk
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    #93703

    For me, the winners should have been – 

    2001
    -Eddie Murphy, Shrek 

    2002
    – Andy Serkis, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

    2003
    Ellen DeGeneres, Finding Nemo 

    2004
    Brad Bird, The Incredibles 

    2005
    – Andy Serkis, King Kong

    2006
    -Paul Newman, Cars

    2007
    – Peter O’Toole, Ratatouille 

    2008
    – Edward Asner, Up

    2009
    – George Clooney, Fantastic Mr. Fox

    2010
    -Ned Beatty, Toy Story 3

    2011
    – Johnny Depp, Rango

    2012
    – John C. Reilly, Wreck-It Ralph

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    Halo_Insider
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    #93704

    I actually really like this idea, if only because whenever I see Peter O’Toole’s performance in Ratatouille I can’t help but think to myself how hilarious and great it would be if he could’ve gotten a Best Supporting Actor nomination for it.

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    That Don Guy
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    #93705

    The problem with having a voiceover category is, there’s a good chance that the award would be given out based on who the actor is, as opposed to the performance itself.  The Emmys gets around this (usually) by letting only animators and voiceover actors vote for the winner.

    Still, had they had this category 30 years ago, James Earl Jones would be that much closer to his EGOT.  (Of course, this assumes that he would enter – “the version I heard was,” the reason he wasn’t credited when Star Wars first came out was, he felt that doing a voiceover in a movie wasn’t really a performance.)

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    GoMe91
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    #93706

    [quote=”GoMe91″]I’d like to see this category exist. One category. Three nominations. That would nice.

    I alwasy found it out odd that is wasn’t until 2001 that they created the Animated Feature category. I mean, they had a category for animated short films. Why couldn’t full length features get honored? 

    Maybe because full lenght animated features were eligible for Best Picture (as Beauty and the Beast did) [/quote]

    Hm…Weren’t foreign language films and documentaries also eligible for Best Picture? 

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    Daniel B.
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    #93707

    The problem with having a voiceover category is, there’s a good chance that the award would be given out based on who the actor is, as opposed to the performance itself.

    How is that any different from any of the current acting categories? 

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    AroundU
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    #93708

    Wasn’t Eddie Murphy nominated for a bafta in supporting for Shrek? I don’t think there needs to be an extra category, if a performance in a animation is that worthy, which is uncommon, then it should be in one of the 4 acting categorys.

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    Junk
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    #93709

    Yes he was actually. He has to be the sole person achieve that feat.

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