Scarlett Johansson

Scarlett Johansson

The awards season is on the verge of getting under way and already there has been controversy about failing to recognise performances where the actor doesn't appear on screen.

Scarlett Johansson has delivered a riveting voice performance in Her, a film that has already seen her win Best Actress at the Rome Film Festival.

However, the Hollywood Foreign Press has deemed her performance ineligible for the Best Actress Golden Globe.

Just because Johansson does not appear on screen does not make this performance any less gripping, powerful, or emotional than if she was.

In fact, you could argue that a voice performance carries more merit as Johansson has been able to deliver that power and emotion by merely standing in a recording booth.

In the last decade or so, we have seen the way actors 'perform' change radically, and it is time that the awards ceremonies get with it and evolve to recognise that change.

The Golden Globes would not be breaking new ground be recognising Johansson's performance as they give Robin Williams a Special Golden Globe Award for his work on Aladdin.

More recently, Eddie Murphy was nominated for a Best Supporting Actor BAFTA for his work as Donkey in Shrek.

This argument raised its head about ten years ago when Andy Serkis delivered a fantastic performance as Gollum.

Gollum himself may have been a CGI created character but, through the use of motion capture, Serkis brought him to life.

Serkis performed every moment that Gollum makes over the three movies - just because he doesn't appear on the screen does not mean that that work shouldn't be recognised.

This argument reached new heights in 2011 with the release of Rise of the Planet of the Apes: which once again involved Serkis.

Serkis takes on the role of ape Caesar, in what is a truly mesmerising, powerful, and emotional performance from the actor.

Motion capture and voice work requires the same amount of preparation, dedication and hard work as a 'traditional' acting role and they need to recognised this way.

Surely, it is only a matter of time before we start to see these types of performances bagging the major nominations, but it need to happen sooner rather than later.

It's fair to say that no one wants to see a separate CGI category; we want to see these fantastic performances in the mix with Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, and Best Supporting Actress.

Warner Bros. have still heavily supporting the performance by Johansson and will campaign for her for an Oscar or Screen Actors Guild nomination.


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