Andy Serkis has had quite the prolific career as a motion-capture actor. Perhaps most famous for playing Gollum in Lord of the Rings (as well as the upcoming The Hobbit), he’s also taken turns as Kong in King Kong, most recently, the ape Ceasar in Rise of the Planet of the Apes and captain Haddock in Adventures of Tintin.
Now, Serkis is speaking out about the lack of respect his profession is paid in the awards circuit, saying that actors who perform under motion-capture are just as deserving of Academy Awards as their live-action counterparts. He was ruled ineligible for best supporting actor nomination at 2003 academy awards because his character, Gollum in Lord of the rings onscreen was computer animated.
Serkis, for a decade of work exploring and expanding the possibilities of motion capture performance, deserves official recognition for his role in the technology, and for his roles as an actor.