Lord of the Rings star Andy Serkis has revealed that he does not
believe there should be a separate Oscar category for “performance
capture" actors. Serkis, 45, who played Gollum in Peter Jackson"s
fantasy trilogy, said the increasing use of the filmmaking tool had
sparked an “interesting debate".
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.