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  • Paul Sheehan
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    #192221

    Let the academy know what you, the most dedicated followers of the Academy Awards, want to see added, bringing the competitive awards up to the quarter century mark. 

    Three possibilities to ponder:
    1.  Voiceover Performance – every year, there are a slew of A-listers who “star” in animated features. 

    2.  Stunts — these hardworking performers are honored at the SAG Awards.

    3. Casting — this profession just got its own branch at the academy.

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    FilmGuy619
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    #192223

    Best Motion Capture Performance: Like Andy Serkis said, That is actual acting.

    Best Ensemble: If this were real, then plenty of overdue actors part of a starry ensemble (Amy Adams, Edward Norton, etc.) wouldn’t be overdue much longer.

    Also, I would suggest giving genres their own categories: Best Comedy, Best Sci-Fi/Horror, and Best Action Movie. That way, these genres can be more justly rewarded and voters get to reward their favored types in Best Picture. Everybody wins.

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    ETPhoneHome
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    #192224

    Casting should absolutely be a category. It would be treated essentially like an ensemble award, and would probably be as good a predictor for Best Picture as Editing.

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    benutty
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    #192225

    I think casting is a huge blind spot for The Academy and should be added before anything else is.

    I would love to see a Breakthrough Artist award that recognizes nominees from any branch. A great way to “initiate” new actors, directors, cinematographers, etc. into the Oscar community when they are traditionally left out of fields dominated by returnees. I think a key would be to null the nomination of anyone in this category that is nominated elsewhere that year or prior.

    I think “Original” should either be removed from the Song category, or a second music field should be opened in both Song and Score to recognize the songs and soundtracks that use pre-recorded music to enhance the movie-going experience. Moulin Rouge! for example. 

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    Daniel Montgomery
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    Mine is kinda nerdy: Best Digital Production Design. Every year, I watch tons of computer animated films with stunning production design, but of course they’re never considered, even though CGI certainly already enhances other live-action winners like “Hugo.”

    Because the difference between digital production design (like, say, “Big Hero 6”) and standard sets (say, “Mr. Turner”) is probably a very technical gray area for some films, I think it would have to be the kind of category where that branch of the academy decides what’s eligible and does the kind of preliminary longlist we get for categories like Visual Effects and Makeup and Hairstyling.

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    M H
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    Mine is kinda nerdy: Best Digital Production Design. Every year, I watch tons of computer animated films with stunning production design, but of course they’re never considered, even though CGI certainly already enhances other live-action winners like “Hugo.”

    Because the difference between digital production design (like, say, “Big Hero 6”) and standard sets (say, “Mr. Turner”) is probably a very technical gray area for some films, I think it would have to be the kind of category where that branch of the academy decides what’s eligible and does the kind of preliminary longlist we get for categories like Visual Effects and Makeup and Hairstyling.

    Mine is kind of like yours. I would like to see visual effects broken into two categories, with something like  Best Computer-Generated Imagery (which could also include the production design aspects) and Best Physical Visual Effects for traditional visual effects. Drawing something on a computer has a lot more in common with animation than it does with traditional visual effects, and it shouldn’t be lumped into the same category, IMO. 

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    babypook
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    #192228

    Best Motion Capture Performance: Like Andy Serkis said, That is actual acting.

    Best Ensemble: If this were real, then plenty of overdue actors part of a starry ensemble (Amy Adams, Edward Norton, etc.) wouldn’t be overdue much longer.

    Also, I would suggest giving genres their own categories: Best Comedy, Best Sci-Fi/Horror, and Best Action Movie. That way, these genres can be more justly rewarded and voters get to reward their favored types in Best Picture. Everybody wins.

    I mostly agree with Paul’s categories; they’re already citing Stunts;  but this point is interesting. For me it’s serves to ‘ghetto-ize’ these marginalized genres and I’d rather see them compete with the ‘mainstream’. On the other hand, it could work to move things forward, if only for a little while. Affirmative Action for films. Lol.

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    KyleBailey
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    #192229

    I think Hair and Make Up should be 2 different categories. They are usually head by the same person but designing hair and make up isn’t really the same. I also think Production Design and Art Direction should be separate. Lincoln may have had well designed big sets but Life of Pi was the one that was the most artistically beautifully designed. Voice Over is definitely a big one and Ensemble too. 

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    Atypical
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    #192230

    Casting. Award it to the casting director(s) only. It’s long overdue.

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    Noé
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    #192231

    I’m up for Best Ensemble. Totally. But I think splitting categories like Production Design and Visual Effects, or even adding one that I want – Best Motion Capture or Voice Over Performance, would be more of a lazy move instead of a true effort of recognition. The Academy members should be educated about how the industry works now, knowing and be open to acknowledge the new forms of making movies (therefore the need to open up and diversify its voters). In a fair competition, there wouldn’t be the need to seperate if the production design is digital for an animated feature or a set based creation for a period drama, no need at all. Or if a performace is off screen and just heard through the voice or seen through CGI. But we know how it goes…
     

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    Tyler The Awesome Guy
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    #192232

    Best Voice-Over Performance all the way! Who cares if there’s even people who shouldn’t have Oscars that get them for roles, credit where credit is due after all! 

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    Boidiva02
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    #192233

    How about seperating the Best Costume Design category into two: Best Contemporary Costume Design and Best Historical or Period Costume Design.

    Doesn’t it seem like big period pieces have an unfair advantage over the more contemporary/modern costume design?  

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    #192234

    I would like to see Best Voiceover Performance, with five nominees: men and women competing in one category. If this category had been around, I think it would be likely that Robin Williams and Jeremy Irons would both have won a second Oscar (actually Aladdin came out before Good Will Hunting so it would have been Williams’ first). Additionally, people like Ellen DeGeneres and Eartha Kitt could have been recognized for their stellar work, and Eddie Murphy may have won for Shrek or Mulan, which would have prevented the backlash when he lost for Dreamgirls. Scarlett Johansson may have been recognized for Her. This year, Amy Poehler and Phyllis Smith would both be strong contenders already for Inside Out. This could be a category where primarily comedic actors could get rewarded when they haven’t been able to break into the main acting categories.

    I also find it odd that the Academy has a casting branch but no casting award. And the makeup and hairstyling category needs to just move it to five nominees and stick with it, like the rest of the below-the-line categories.

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    Noé
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    #192235

    I’d add Best Titles Design.
     

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    Entertain-me
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    #192236

    I’d say Best Casting Director, but then Taylor Hackford would get mad at me…

    Personally, if they award Best Ensemble, it’d just be a repeat winner of either the SAG ensemble winner or the Best Picture winner, if there is a split. No third party would even be considered….

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