By Lin Parkin
April 4, 2011
A few weeks ago we posed this question on Voices.com's Facebook page and received some incredible feedback.
That got our wheels turning.
Do you think there ought to be categories at the Oscars that recognize voice actors for their roles and contributions to film?
Perhaps the time has come!
Learn more about how you can help out by reading today's Vox Daily.
A Little Background Information
We first looked at this concept when we heard that Johnny Depp and Bill Nighy received critically acclaimed reviews for their performances in the animated feature 'Rango' and that the film could be a possible Oscar contender but despite that, the actors themselves will not be seeing any Oscar love for their work in the film.
That's because, unlike the Emmys, the Oscars have not introduced 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.
Why Should the Oscars Give Credit to Voice Over Performances?
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?
Let's Find Out!
When we posed the question "Do you think the Oscars should introduce a voice over performance category?" on our Facebook page the vast majority who responded emphatically said "yes!" they would love to see the Oscars make this change.
In light of this response (61 comments and 100 Likes), we have created a petition. If we get a 2000 signatures on the petition we will present it to the Oscars organizers and the press.
Will You Sign?
Simply go to this web page and sign the petition:
We hope you'll consider adding your name to the list!
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