AirTalk for December 20, 2013

Scarlett Johansson in 'Her' - Should vocal performances get major awards recognition?

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Actress Scarlett Johansson attends 'Her' Premiere during The 8th Rome Film Festival at Auditorium Parco Della Musica on November 10, 2013 in Rome, Italy.

Here’s an announcement you won’t hear at the Oscars: “And the nominees for best voiceover actor are…”

A new row has erupted over the exclusion of voiceover performers in key industry awards, in part due to the buzz surrounding Scarlett Johansson’s role in the new Spike Jonze movie ‘Her’. Johansson  plays ‘Samantha’ a computer operating system who is the object of  Theodore’s affections,  played by Joaquin Phoenix.

Earlier this week, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association told the makers of ‘Her’ that Johannson’s role is ineligible for a Golden Globe nomination. Warner Brothers has since appealed against the decision.

Johansson isn’t the first actor to be snubbed for their dulcet tones. Andy Serkis - the voice of Gollum in the Lord of the Rings franchise - was also disqualified from award consideration in previous years..

If a performer doesn’t appear on screen, should they still be considered for a best actor nomination? Should a new ‘best voiceover’ category be added to the Academy Awards and the Golden Globes to reflect the growth in high profile voice performers?


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