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Why No Acting Nominations for "Avatar"?

Posted: February 4th, 2010 by WorstPreviews.com Staff
Why No Acting Nominations for "Avatar"?Submit Comment
It's very rare that a movie nominated for the Best Picture Oscar does not have any actors nominated in any acting categories. But it has happened to "Avatar," and director James Cameron claims it is because the Academy did not understand what they were looking at.

"People confuse what we have done with animation. It's nothing like animation," he said. "The creator here is the actor, not the unseen hand of an animator."

Producer Jon Landau added: "I blame ourselves for not educating people in the right way. We made a commitment to our actors that what they would see up on the screen were their performances. Not somebody else's interpretation of what their performance might or might not be."

James Lipton, the host of Bravo's "Inside the Actors Studio," disagrees with Cameron and Landau. "What an actor is doing when acting is not just looking like something but expressing something going on inside," he said. "I'm not sure that motion capture, while it captures the flicker of an eyebrow, the twist of a mouth, a gesture of a hand, equally captures emotion."

Source: Sci-Fi Wire


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encoreyourface writes:
on February 4th, 2010 at 6:31:33 PM

that's because the acting was nothing special, the special effects where the best part and i barely payed attention to those, i just wanted to get Na'Vi chick ass so ...
Peter Parker writes:
on February 4th, 2010 at 6:33:35 PM

Acting nominations? For cartoons?
Yeah, right!

... WALL-E for Best Actor.
Rush_66 writes:
on February 4th, 2010 at 6:35:55 PM

Avatar being nominated for nine Oscars is already way too much (Should only have been nominated in special effects and sound mix) for what it is and they want more??? Damn you James Cameron... You always want more more more MORE MORE MORE!!!
Aingx writes:
on February 4th, 2010 at 6:36:07 PM

We all know that graphics are the most important aspect of a movie, not the actors. Psh....
SpookyCupcakes writes:
on February 4th, 2010 at 6:41:25 PM

WHO f*ckING CARES?

Just.

Goddamn.
Freudian_Nightmare writes:
on February 4th, 2010 at 6:58:01 PM

Why won't pigs fly? Why is north not south? Why doesn't Lohan keep her legs together?

All questions hidden in mystery, questions were there's no answers to be found.
encoreyourface writes:
on February 4th, 2010 at 7:00:44 PM

lol.
Kurskij writes:
on February 4th, 2010 at 7:01:06 PM

what's done is done. forget it, you've got 2bil movie on your hands, so f*ck it and order some coke.

p.s.
James Lipton disagrees with Cameron and Landau.
Who f*cking cares he's a 1000-year old guy who is named after tea!

wonderBOY writes:
on February 4th, 2010 at 7:06:47 PM

did anyone notice how sam W accent goes from an australian accent to a american accent like in every sentence
RickyGabrielBird writes:
on February 4th, 2010 at 7:28:00 PM

Day 56 of Avatar articles...
nope.com writes:
on February 4th, 2010 at 7:30:45 PM

the acting and the story were sh*t

nobody would watch this if not for the effects
vwkombi writes:
on February 4th, 2010 at 7:33:59 PM

Other than Sigourney Weaver, the performances in that movie were below average.
jigsaw23 writes:
on February 4th, 2010 at 8:03:12 PM

true lies was camerons best. avatar is not an acting movie. cameron just wanted to invent this new stuff that sure it looks nice but not worth my money.
and i think scooby doo should be nominated for best actor
telur writes:
on February 4th, 2010 at 8:35:13 PM

Shrek is acting too. Even Avatar is acting is not good enough.
holtlt writes:
on February 4th, 2010 at 8:53:59 PM

Hey, Stephen Lang was quite good, so Giovanni Ribisi
The5thBeatle5 writes:
on February 4th, 2010 at 8:55:25 PM

does it even matter?? f*ckin avatars gonna be the big winner of the night anyway, and yea why would you give and Oscar to a cartoon??
Whitta writes:
on February 4th, 2010 at 9:21:18 PM

The same reason there wasn't any nominations for Pocahontas
SeWerin writes:
on February 4th, 2010 at 9:29:07 PM

Give Oscar to Pablo Francisco for Trailer guy impression!
Jedimax writes:
on February 4th, 2010 at 9:34:39 PM

well the acting was terrible thats not why i went to see the movie.
FpJGarcia writes:
on February 4th, 2010 at 10:22:21 PM

Isn't Cameron satisfied with the two biggest grossing films of all time as it is?!
Peter Parker writes:
on February 4th, 2010 at 10:23:47 PM

After giving it some thought, I realized some of the participants in "Avatar" deserved, in fact, a nomination for their acting performance.

The *big flying dragon, for example!
Consider Gabourey Sidibe, the fat chick who gets raped in "Precious". Both the "Avatar" dragon and Sibide are huge beasts, they both get raped in their respective movies, they're both obvious Oscar bait, and yet, the Academy goes for the fat chick and the dragon get snubbed?

That's just wrong!


*Yeah, I just call it "big flying dragon", because I don't give a f*ck about that thing's name.
Sue me.
Scrooge McDuck writes:
on February 4th, 2010 at 10:29:43 PM

Why indeed? You need good acting to get a nomination. Crazy isn't it...
vaodsi writes:
on February 5th, 2010 at 12:42:19 AM

why no acting noms for return of the king....
anyhow the only one who deserves a nod is ZOE who was AWESOME! and that would be a best supporting actress
shadaypr writes:
on February 5th, 2010 at 2:06:03 AM

It's simply coz the script and the plot was not a big deal, so there wasn't that much to play out extraordinary. Avatar, as said so often, is more special effects than anything as a whole. However, that doesn't mean the actors didn't do a great job, especially Saldana, who did an notably exceptional one. Also, I'd listen to Lipton's point of view.
telur writes:
on February 5th, 2010 at 2:30:54 AM

hey, where is ranger.... again...
TH3D4RKKN1GH7 writes:
on February 5th, 2010 at 3:04:47 AM

The only person that would be deserving of a nomination was Zoe. Everyone else put forth lackluster performances or one dimensional ones (a lot of those issues coming from a poor script) Be happy you got what you got Cameron and be prepared to not win most of it. Then again this is the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Kid_A writes:
on February 5th, 2010 at 5:36:51 AM

Agreed with lipton. The movie might not be animation, a motion tracking system (I dont know the exact word for it) to allow tracking the motions of the actors, but it's kind of like wearing a mask and acting behind that mask. I saw the comparison of the making of the movie on which the main Na'vi girl was shouting and that two pictures showed the one that we see on screen and the one that tracks the motion of her face, and it wasn't looking as perfect as she was doing. The muscles of the face, of eyes, of mouth are very important and I don't think the motion track thing that Cameron used can capture it detailed.
Kid_A writes:
on February 5th, 2010 at 5:36:58 AM

Agreed with lipton. The movie might not be animation, a motion tracking system (I dont know the exact word for it) to allow tracking the motions of the actors, but it's kind of like wearing a mask and acting behind that mask. I saw the comparison of the making of the movie on which the main Na'vi girl was shouting and that two pictures showed the one that we see on screen and the one that tracks the motion of her face, and it wasn't looking as perfect as she was doing. The muscles of the face, of eyes, of mouth are very important and I don't think the motion track thing that Cameron used can capture it detailed.
TRUEMAN writes:
on February 5th, 2010 at 8:10:55 AM

what a stupid f*ckin question!

this movie doesn`t have actors, its like a doc*mentary of discovery channel, and all the people in the world knows that Sam W. is a piece of crap "actor"!
Hollywood1086 writes:
on February 5th, 2010 at 10:04:41 AM

the acting was okay. james lipton is right. yes cameron went on and on about how it's his actors that are seen and not cartoons, but there is still something in even the slightest bit of animation that gets lost in the performance. not every little nuance can be captured by computers.
carl4prez writes:
on February 5th, 2010 at 12:48:56 PM

Zoe shouldve ggotten one for Netyri as should've Andy Serkis for Golum. The OScars need to embrace motion capture. Plaina nd simple.
MoneyHayabusa writes:
on February 5th, 2010 at 2:24:39 PM

Zoe was perfect for the role she played, but she shouldn't get a nomination for it. The reason Neytiri was great was because Cameron made her great, from all the frigging ridiculously distracting side boob to the shape of her body (damn, for an alien) to the teaching to ride dragons... something was wrong if you didn't want to run away to Pandora because of her.

Stephen Lang was really the only guy who was great, but theres not a terrible amount of depth to that character.

I think Sam W.s a likable guy but hes got a ways to go before hes in Best actor territory.

So many films are shot digitally nowadays though, whats the difference between shooting from a small headmounted camera set and a big bulky RED or Viper camera? Neither is gonna capture the actors soul in 1s and 0s...
Peter Parker writes:
on February 5th, 2010 at 3:13:21 PM

@ MoneyHayabusa:

Good to see that, even being a fan, you're able to put things in their place, unlike carl4putz there, who's ready to start handing out Oscars to Shrek and the Little Mermaid.
qwertyuiop22ful writes:
on February 7th, 2010 at 1:49:35 AM

well, at least hes demanding acting oscars for sam w. and zoe saldana... its not like chris weitz is demanding that new moon or robert pattinson to be nominated... now THAT will be the end of the world!
qwertyuiop22ful writes:
on February 7th, 2010 at 1:52:11 AM

scientists proved it, mayans predicted it! "when the planets line up, whales come out of water, men are fairy tales written by rabbits and robert pattinson (or keanu reeves, but im in the "twilight" subject right now) gets nominated for best actor oscar... THE WORLD, as we know it, WILL END"!!!!

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