November 30, 2014 at 3:16 pm #167066
If the Oscars had a category for Best Voice-Over Performance — which they tragically don’t — who would be nominated this year? This can be anything from animated voices to narrators. Give us your faves from 2014 below!November 30, 2014 at 4:05 pm #167068
First of all, great thread idea Marcus!
There were some definite highlights this year, so assuming that this category would just be an overall ala the Emmys (i.e.- no lead, supporting, or narration vs character voice work), I would nominate the following (so far):
Chris Pratt as Emmet, ‘The Lego Movie’
Will Arnett as Batman, ‘The Lego Movie’
Will Ferrell as Lord/President Business, ‘The Lego Movie’
Cate Blanchett as Valka, ‘How To Train Your Dragon 2’
Bradley Cooper as Rocket Raccoon, ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ (winner)November 30, 2014 at 5:32 pm #167069
Andy Serkis would be the reigning king of such a category.November 30, 2014 at 5:46 pm #167070
Does this count for motion capture? then Benedict Cumberbatch for The Hobbit and Andy Serkis for Dawn of the Planet of the ApesNovember 30, 2014 at 6:07 pm #167071
Who I would like see nominated from what I’ve seen.
- Scott Adsit – Big Hero 6
- Jay Baruchel – How To Train Your Dragon 2
- Cate Blanchett – How To Train Your Dragon 2
- Gerard Butler – How To Train Your Dragon 2
- Benedict Cumberbatch – The Penguins of Madagascar
- Will Ferrell – The LEGO Movie
- Morgan Freeman – The LEGO Movie
- Ben Kingsley – The Boxtrolls
If there were only five nominees, I would pick…
KingsleyNovember 30, 2014 at 6:21 pm #167072
A lot of ones so far are great, but I would also like to add Bill Irwin as TARS in Interstellar. While it doesn’t hold a candle to HAL in 2001, he still brought a good deal of depth to what could have been a throwaway character. Also, if he didn’t appear at the end, I would have absolutely included Michael Fassbender for Frank.November 30, 2014 at 7:43 pm #167073
^You guys do realize that Fassbender doesn’t give a vocal performance but gives a live action one in ‘Frank’, right? That’s him the entire time. Therefore, he shouldn’t even be in the conversation. Ditto Serkis (‘Apes’) and Cumberbatch (‘The Hobbit’) as they give motion-captured performances which is much more than just lending your voice.November 30, 2014 at 7:51 pm #167074
^Thats why I clarified that he wouldn’t be eligible. The trickiest definition of the year has to go to Will Ferell in The Lego Movie.November 30, 2014 at 8:27 pm #167075
I think that Cate Blanchett would win for How To Train Your Dragon 2. She was easily the best, THE BEST voice-over performer this year.November 30, 2014 at 8:37 pm #167076
Who would be nominated
Cate Blanchett, How to Train Your Dragon 2
Benedict Cumberbatch, The Penguins of Madagascar
Will Ferrell, The LEGO Movie
Morgan Freeman, The LEGO Movie
Ben Kingsley, The Boxtrolls
Winner: Cate Blanchett, How to Train Your Dragon 2November 30, 2014 at 8:38 pm #167077
If they had given out that award from the same year they began the Animated Feature category, I think there would have been some interesting showdowns.
2001: Eddie Murphy in Shrek – BAFTA nominee, fyi!
2002: Andy Serkis in The Two Towers
2003: Ellen DeGeneres in Finding Nemo
2004: Tom Hanks in The Polar Express (multitudinous characters would beat out iconic Banderas in Shrek 2)
2005: Sasha Baron Cohen in Madagascar would deserve it! But it’d go to Morgan Freeman for March of the Penguins.
2006: Robin Williams in Happy Feet (tough between him and Paul Newman in Cars, but in this category I think Robin Williams being snubbed in general for Aladdin would make him a favorite)
2007: Peter O’Toole in Ratatouille (how wonderful would that have been?!)
2008: Ben Burtt in WALL·E
2009: Ed Asner in Up
2010: Might have been the first Carell (Despicable Me) vs. Keaton (Toy Story 3) showdown! I’d give Steve the edge, though.
2011: I’d LIKE to think one of the brilliant Simpsons actors would take this one home. My guess would be Julie Kavner. But it may well have been Andy Serkis for Rise of the Planet of the Apes.
2012: Emma Thompson in Brave (beautifully understated work)
2013: Idina Menzel in Frozen. Not my favorite, but certainly iconic and a wonderful reward for a well respected theater actress.
This year I think Andy Serkis would be the favorite, again, but I think voters would love the opportunity to nominate Chris Pratt and Will Arnett for The LEGO Movie as well.November 30, 2014 at 8:38 pm #167078
Ben Kingsley gave the best voice performance this year in The Boxtrolls. I thought he was Timothy Spall for a lot of the movie he did such a wonderful job in that movie. I also thought Kristen Wiig was great in How to Train Your Dragon 2 and Will Arnett in The Lego Movie was great as well.November 30, 2014 at 10:33 pm #167079
^Thats why I clarified that he wouldn’t be eligible. The trickiest definition of the year has to go to Will Ferell in The Lego Movie.
Ah, I see what you are saying. It sounded like you were saying that if Fassbender never showed his face he should’ve been eligible, and if that were the case, again I’d have to disagree with you because that is Fassbender under that mask… He’s not voice acting, he’s physically acting.
As for Ferrell, I totally see your point. He does have that live-action scene at the end, which would be cause for debate. He does strictly voice act his character up to that point, so that would definitely be debatable.November 30, 2014 at 10:34 pm #167080
Ben Kingsley gave the best voice performance this year in The Boxtrolls. I thought he was Timothy Spall for a lot of the movie he did such a wonderful job in that movie. I also thought Kristen Wiig was great in How to Train Your Dragon 2 and Will Arnett in The Lego Movie was great as well.
I’ve heard great things about Kingsley, but I haven’t gotten a chance to see ‘The Boxtrolls’. Hopefully I’ll get to see it soon.