Did Andy Serkis deserve an Oscar nomination?

Andy Serkis using performance capture to create a computer generated character for "Rise of the Planet of the Apes." 20th Century Fox

Andy Serkis using performance capture to create a computer generated character for "Rise of the Planet of the Apes."
20th Century Fox

(CBS) Despite all of the campaigning around British actor Andy Serkis' motion-capture performance as a computer-generated ape, Caesar, in "Rise of the Planet of the Apes," the actor did not nab a Best Supporting Actor nomination from Academy Award voters.

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Serkis' nomination at the recent Critics Choice Movie Awards was unique and also controversial, according to the Los Angeles Times, because not once in the movie did the actor's own face or body appear in the film. Although Serkis was nominated, Christopher Plummer ended up walking away with the Critics Choice Award for his performance in "Beginners."

This is not Serkis' first time playing a compute-generated image with motion-capture technology. He also played the giant gorilla in King Kong and Gollum in "The Lord of the Rings."

After the 47-year-old actor's CCMA nomination, he told the LA Times, "I'll tell you what's fantasic is that it shows, at least, a growing understanding of performance capture as not a genre or type of acting but a technology which allows actors to play so many different characters."

If Serkis had received an Oscar nomination, it would've been the first time the Academy would have officially regonized a motion-capture performance.

  • Camille Mann

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