December 08, 2003

A Special Oscar...

Time demands a special Oscar for Andrew Serkis and the animators of Smeagol:

TIME.com: Seven Holiday Treats -- Dec. 15, 2003: ...So poignant are Gollum's turbid emotions, and so persuasively is this computer critter integrated with the live performers, that he deserves a special acting Oscar for Best... Thing...

My precioussss. I wantsss it. I wantsss it now.

Posted by DeLong at December 8, 2003 09:31 PM | TrackBack

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It's also remarkable what the other actors and the director managed to do-- put a 'Gollum-shaped' hole in the movie that would be filled in later.

Posted by: Matt on December 9, 2003 06:52 AM

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It wasn't that hard, actually. The gollum-shaped hole was created by Serkis himself -- he capered and hopped through all the scenes in a kind of white suit and partial mask to keep the lines clean.

Posted by: scylla on December 9, 2003 07:49 AM

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If you haven't yet, make sure to see the easter egg on TTT extended DVD in which Serkis and/or Gollum accept an MTV award for best virtual performance.

Posted by: SP on December 9, 2003 08:46 AM

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If you haven't yet, make sure to see the easter egg on TTT extended DVD in which Serkis and/or Gollum accept an MTV award for best virtual performance.

Posted by: SP on December 9, 2003 08:49 AM

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Regarding MTV, J Lo's award for Love Don't Cost A Thing is close to Gollum's akward spelling...

Posted by: Evariste on December 9, 2003 08:54 AM

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Brad,
have you been able to make it to the theatres to see the Extended Special Edition? I saw it this weekend and the extra half an hour makes the first film so much more complete. Now my ass will get tired again next weekend to sit through and enjoy 3.75 hours of Tolkien in prep of the penultimate finale.

Posted by: fester on December 9, 2003 10:03 AM

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How do I see the easter egg on TTT EE?
thanks in advance. I'm trying to find a theater that shows TTT EE. It misses something on the small screen, I think.

Posted by: CalDem on December 9, 2003 10:17 AM

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I have my fingers crossed that Peter Jackson will get a special acheivement award for the trilogy: a base with one extra-tall Oscar, three regular height, one three-quarters height, and four half-height.

Seriously. There's a precedent:

http://www.oscars.org/academyawards/awards/disney.html

Posted by: Jonathan Korman on December 9, 2003 11:22 AM

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I think you mean: We wantsss it. We wantsss it now.

Posted by: Matt Taylor on December 9, 2003 12:15 PM

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To access the easter egg-
Disc 1, go to scene select
Go to scenes 29-30
Go to the last scene, "of herbs and stewed rabbit"
press down one more time, the cursor will go next to where it says "new scene"
Press play.

Posted by: SP on December 9, 2003 05:17 PM

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I thought the same thing after I saw the movie last year. Smeagol put in the best performance of 2002. I would see the movie again just to see Smeagol. (Heh, and I thought the movie sucked, no offense.)

Posted by: Saam Barrager on December 9, 2003 11:28 PM

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I also think Gollum should win the best supporting actor of the year. What the actor who performed this role did was simply amazing! It must be recognized.

And if the best Director award doesn't go to Peter Jackson... then the Oscars will become entirely irrelevant to me.

Posted by: eyesopen on December 10, 2003 01:23 PM

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Um, let's think about this shall we?

New Line (a division of Time Warner) campaigned for Serkis last year. It didn't work, even after MTV (a division of Time Warner) gave him an award.

So now Time magazine is campaigning for him. Who is it again that owns Time? I can't think...

Posted by: Mike G on December 11, 2003 01:26 PM

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