Performance capture is when an actor"s movements are translated into CGI. But it reignited the debate on whether motion capture actors are able to compete on a level playing field during awards season. “It"s a very interesting debate," the BBC quoted Serkis as saying. “The industry is going to be using performance capture more and more in films. “Personally I"ve never believed there should be a separate category because the essence of the performance is pure acting," he stated.
Serkis is an expert in the field, having played Gollum and King Kong via a performance capture suit. “It"s ultimately whether whoever"s voting for the awards thinks the performance is a genuinely moving character," he said. “I don"t really think there should a special acting in a digital realm award or anything. From an acting standpoint, it"s the same," he added.