Honestly, this just goes to further my theory that Robert Zemeckis is living in an alternate reality in which he thinks people truly love his performance capture zombies. His three mo-cap films -- The Polar Express, Beowulf and now A Christmas Carol -- have all seen diminishing box office returns and the critical reception to all three films has been less-than-stellar. The guy just doesn't understand the concept of the Uncanny Valley, and why, no matter how he far he pushes the technology, making cartoons look like real people isn't a great idea.

But it's not enough for Zemeckis just to make these budget-bloated quasi-toons -- according to /film (via latercera), the guy thinks mo-cap deserves its own Oscar. The director references Walt Disney's 1939 special Oscar for Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, which raises the question, is this about mo-cap as a groundbreaking medium, or Zemeckis's personal contributions? Regardless of how you feel about Zemeckis's last three pictures, I don't really see how he has much of an argument here for the Academy to give separate recognition to mo-cap. Stop-motion flicks like Coraline and Fantastic Mr. Fox will still be competing for spots under the Best Animated Feature category, and no one is handing out special awards to either of these fine films. Zemeckis's Who Framed Roger Rabbit? came away with a Special Achievement Award in Animation Direction at the 1988 Oscar ceremony, but that film really did blend animation and live-action in a way that hadn't been done at that scale before. Think about it -- things like the newer Star Wars movies and Avatar really owe a lot to Roger Rabbit for breaking down that barrier. However technologically impressive Zemeckis's three mo-cap movies have been, I sincerely doubt the overall influence any of them will have on future cinema on a whole.

Enough of my ranting, though. Let's leave this to the people to decide. Is mo-cap enough of a game-changer to warrant extra attention from the Academy? Or is Zemeckis's awards shelf just looking a bit lonely these days?
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