The animated feature film “Rango” has enjoyed one of the biggest opening weekends of the year, raking in $38.1 million at box offices throughout Canada and the U.S. There is talk in Hollywood that the film could be a contender for next year’s best animated feature category. Jonny Depp and Bill Nighy have received critically acclaimed reviews for their performances but they won’t be seeing any Oscar love for their work on the film.
That’s because, unlike the Emmys, the Oscars have yet to introduce a category for voice over performances. In 2009 the Emmys changed their voice over award from “juried” to a “category”, with five nominees and one winner for Outstanding Voice-Over Performance.
Animated features are one of the most successful genres in filmmaking. Pixar Animation Studios has made over $6.3 billion worldwide and four of their films have been included in the 50 highest grossing films of all time.
Animated characters are transformed into relatable beings thanks to the outstanding voice over performances of the actors and actresses in these films.
But with just four acting categories out of two dozen, will the Oscars ever embrace a Voice Over Performance category? Time will tell.
Until then, there’s always The Annie Awards.
Source: LA Times Blogs