Scarlett Johansson's Award Winning Performance In 'Her' Ruled Ineligible For Golden Globes

I have learned Scarlett Johansson, who plays Samantha, Joaquin Phoenix’s Operating System  in the Scarlett Johanssonupcoming Spike Jonze film Her has been ruled ineligible to compete for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for this year’s Golden Globe awards.  Johansson’s role is strictly a voice over performance – she is only heard, not seen – and would mark a history-making nomination for the Oscars and the SAG awards where she is eligible. Warner Bros has been campaigning for consideration in the category  and she recently was named Best Actress at the Rome Film Festival for her role in Her (12/18) which only added fuel to this fire.  Warner Bros should be disappointed in the decision by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association but plan to continue bringing her performance, which has won critical raves, to the attention of awards voters.  No one has ever been Oscar nominated (or Globe nominated) for a voice over part or for a performance capture role despite past campaigns for actors like Andy Serkis who played Gollum in the Lord Of The Rings  films and most recently was touted for his work as Caesar the ape in 2011’s Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes.

It will be up to the actors branch of the Academy and SAG nominating committee members to recognize Johansson’s work as a full-bodied performance, even if it is one that isn’t seen on camera. To my mind the movie lives or dies on the audience’s ability to believe Phoenix could fall head over heels for this voice. She makes it credible and it seems it is high time it is recognized as such. I wouldn’t be shocked if a critics group names her Best Supporting Actress. This could get interesting.

  1. They really ought to have a category that covers voice-over & off screen performances… especially for animation, but also for narration and puppetry.

    It just pisses me off that the Academy awarded Bart the Bear with an honorary Oscar, but have no category for actual acting performed by humans in an increasingly common medium.

  2. ALL OF THESE AWARDS COMMITTEES, GUILDS, ACADEMIES OR WHATEVER THAT THEY WANT TO NAME THEMSELVES ARE UNABLE TO COME UP W/ 5 (FIVE) DESERVING ACTRESSES WHO GAVE “FULL BODY” PERFORMANCES THRUOUT THE LAST 12 MONTHS & THE 100’S IF NOT 1000’S OF FILMS DISTRIBUTED WORLDWIDE…A VOICE IS ONLY A FRACTION OF A PERFORMANCE…MOST LIKELY THE GREATEST PLAYWRIGHTS WOULD AGREE…THIS IS TAKING VIRTUAL REALITY TOO FAR…WHAT THESE STUDIOS WON’T DO FOR CHEAP HYPE & PUBLICITY…

  3. “No one has ever been Oscar nominated (or Globe nominated) for a voice over part or for a performance capture role…”

    I’m surprised this wasn’t mentioned, but the HFPA did give a Special Achievement Award Golden Globe to Robin Williams for his voice work as Genie in “Aladdin”. So while it may be ineligible for one of the regular categories, it certainly isn’t unprecedented for a Golden Globe to be awarded for voice work.

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  4. Since when do the Golden Globes have standards for eligibility beyond “yeah, they’ll show up if we nominate them”?

  5. I’m surprised no one has thought of this problem before. I mean HAL from 2001 deserves a nomination for his monotone creepiness, but in what kind of category. I feel this is the same idea. And the solution does not come to mind easily without crossing over into territories such as animation.

  6. I wonder if Patton Oswalt will suffer the same fate. I hear his role (just his voice) in Walter Mitty is brilliant.

  7. And she should not be nominated anywhere at all. They did not nominate Andy Serkis for Lord of The Rings and Planet of the Apes when people begged for it and he deserved it. But now someone wants to nominate Scarlett for voice work? This is ridiculous and wrong.

    Why? Because something tells me that if some unknown actress Jane Smithson would do voice for that movie and she would do great then no one AT ALL would even notice her and certainly no one would want to nominate her anywhere. But since it’s famous actress Scarlett Johansson then everyone want to hug her and nominate and suddenly she made such talented voice work… Right. When unknown actress would do the dame then no one would notice I’m sure. This is ridiculous.

    P.S. Also we didn’t see Eddie Murphy being nominated for Shrek.

  8. Her looks way too niche. Honestly, while I love indies, this looks too weird for me. The preview has been attached to a lot of movies I’ve been seeing: Runner Runner, All is Lost, and Dallas Buyers Club. The movies I want to see this season are Twelve Years a Slave, Philomena, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, Out of the Furnace, A Madea Christmas, American Hustle, Saving Mr. Banks, Inside Llewellyn Davis, Grudge Match, The Wolf of Wall Street, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Lone Survivor, and August: Osage County (not in any particular order).

  9. wow you guys are really blunt lol. but i must agree that its not enough to have your voice present since its not better than a voice actor on cartoons no matter how good it sounds. on the other hand the movie the artist had picture but no voices except music so it can work both ways.

    1. well apparently everyone does somehow know.. i think thats what irritates me about the comments on this site its like they know everything before they know anything. scarlett might be very good but people arent giving her a chance. american hustle may not even be that good but its being hyped to the max due to the a list cast its pathetic.

    2. Because its a voice? It’s not fair to those wo appear on screen because they’re doing a full performance while ScarJo sits on her ass in a recording studio reading her lines into a microphone and doing nothing physical to add to the performance, yet she’s stealing the thunder of Joaquin Phoenix’s heartbreaking performance because she’s Scarlett Johansson and can’t star in a film without being the centre of attention?

  10. Ever since they began awarding animated movies, I think they should have added a best Voice-only performance, with at least 3 nominations.

    2001: Billy Crystal (Monsters Inc), John Goodman (Monsters Inc) and Eddie Murphy (Shrek).
    2002: Daveigh Chase (Lilo and Stitch), Toby Jones (Harry Potter), Andy Serkis (The Two Towers)
    2003: Ellen Degeneres (Finding Nemo), Albert Brooks (Finding Nemo), Andy Serkis (Return of the King)
    2004: Antonio Banderas (Shrek 2), Brad Bird (The Incredibles), Tom Kenny (Spongebob)
    2005: Morgan Freeman (March of the Penguins), Liam Neeson (Narnia), Peter Sallis (Wallace & Gromit)
    2006: Larry the Cable Guy (Cars), Paul Newman (Cars), Bill Nighy (Pirates of the Caribbean 2)
    2007: Hank Azaria (Simpsons Movie), Chiara Mastroianni (Persepolis), Peter O’Toole (Ratatouille)
    2008: Paul Bettany (Iron Man), Ben Brutt (Wall-E), Rupert Everett (Shrek the Third)
    2009: Ed Asner (Up), George Clooney (Fantastic Mr. Fox), Zooey Saldaña (Avatar)
    2010: Ned Beatty (Toy Story 3), Gerard Butler (HTTYD), Tom Hanks (Toy Story 3)
    2011: Jim Cummings (Winnie the Pooh), Johnny Depp (Rango), Andy Serkis (RotPotA)
    2012: Kelly Macdonald (Brave), Seth Macfarlane (Ted), Andy Serkis (The Hobbit)

    There’s definitely enough talent to warrant a category. Even with the above stacked line-ups there would still be dark horses and big snubs like Alec Baldwin (Royal Tenenbaums), Patrick Stewart (Jimmy Neutron), Bob Peterson (Up), Will Smith (Shark Tale), Alan Rickman (Hitchhikers), Johnny Depp (Corpse Bride), etc.

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