Fox Will Push Andy Serkis For Best Supporting Actor Oscar Nomination
Fox Filmed Entertainment CEO Tom Rothman says the studio will be supporting Andy Serkis for a possible Academy Award Supporting Actor nomination for his performance as the ape Caesar in Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Although the Academy has never recognized a CGI-enhanced performance in any acting category, in recent years many critics and fans have argued that a using a CGI overlay for an actor’s performance should be considered the same as a costume or make-up, and these performances should not be dismissed from Oscar consideration.
Fox’s Rothman emphasized this point in a conversation with The Hollywood Reporter at the Gotham Independent Film Awards in New York this week. In discussing Serkis’ performance, Rothman said, “The emotionality – what you see and what you feel – he did it. I saw him. I watched him. Then they digitally overlaid – you can think of it as a costume – the skin and the hair of an ape. But I tell you the thing that people felt – and a lot of people were moved when they saw the movie – is because of his performance.”
Serkis previously received critical acclaim for his role as the CGI-enhanced Gollum in the Lord of the Rings movie series, and was praised even more highly for his affecting and nuanced performance as Caeser the ape in Rise of the Planet of the Apes.