Andy Serkis has become the performance-capture king of Hollywood over the years. It's an extremely physical and difficult art form and adds a whole new level and dimension to characters that would otherwise be simple CGI. From his tormented Gollum in "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy, to his more recent "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes", he has perfected the talent and we aren't the only ones that feel like he should be recognized for it.
According to reports, Fox is now pushing Serkis to earn a nomination for Best Supporting actor for the Academy Awards for his work in "Apes". His creation of Caesar was incredible and he enabled the audience to really feel empathetic and a connection to the primate.
While Serkis' Caesar was definitely a top-billed member of the cast, so could otherwise be considered a lead instead of supporting, the race for the Best Actor category this year is an insanely tight one. Fox and team probably feel they have a better chance to take the smaller category than go head-to-head with the other heavyweights in an impressive year. Murmurs of such actors like Benedict Cumberbatch, Michael Keaton, Steve Carell, Jake Gyllenhaal, Eddie Redmayne, Jack O'Connell and several others are already fighting for recognition in that one and many of those roles are based on real-life heroes, which is tough to beat.
In order to make this choice credible, Fox is campaigning the film to be an entire ensemble piece, also promoting Toby Kebell, Jason Clarke, Keri Russell and Gary Oldman in supporting roles. This happens frequently and we saw a similar move done with "The Fighter" and Christian Bale's nomination. He was considered a co-lead but a good performance is a good performance and it is a race and competition after all. Studios do whatever they feel will increase their odds.
Regardless if he wins or not or if he's not even nominated in the end, having a studio back him for the kind of work he has been doing, is a giant step for both the Oscars as a whole and for his career. Perhaps it sparks a whole new category for performance-capture since the caliber continues to be raised.
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