With Oscar season approaching, 20th Century Fox is making sure their summer blockbuster film, War for the Planet of the Apes, is not ignored among a particularly forgettable summer movie season. The studio is reportedly gunning for Academy nominations including Best Picture, Adapted Screenplay, Production Design, Cinematography, Costumes, Music, Sound, Visual Effects, and Makeup. Fox is planning a major push to get the film seen by as many members of the Academy as possible so the film can have a chance among other Oscar contending films.
Andy Serkis’ performance as Caesar is one category Fox is looking to highlight for recognition. Serkis has played Caesar in all three films, using state of the art motion capture technology. However, motion capture performances have long struck fear in the acting community due to the combined medium of animation. The motion capture aspect of Serkis could be a reason the Planet of the Apes franchise has long gone ignored by the Academy. Peter Chernin, former Chief Executive at Fox and producer on War strongly believes “that on almost any level of storytelling, character development, narrative thrusts, or epic-ness, this is an extraordinary movie”. He firmly believes the film has a chance during award season.
Chernin is extremely proud of the film. It received high praise from critics and audiences claimed it was their favorite film of the franchise. These movies are not just Hollywood Blockbuster fodder. These films have real character development, morals, and groundbreaking special effects. Could War for the Planet of the Apes be the first science fiction film to win Best Picture? Hopefully, Academy willing, it will at least have a chance.