Tuesday, February 18, 2003

Salon.com -- Gollum: Dissed by the Oscars?

Should Serkis have received a best supporting actor nomination for his contribution to the performance of Gollum? In the end, the answer is no, not because his talents are less significant than those of the supporting actor nominees, but because the work that he has done here is not equivalent. It would be a disservice to the other nominees to compete against the computer-enhanced Serkis, just as it would be a disservice to Gollum to be written off as an accomplishment of acting. The fact is that Gollum represents a new breed of synthespian performers, far more interesting than "Simone's": computer-generated performance not as a replacement for human performance, but as an extension of it.

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