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Should animated films be considered for Best Picture at the Academy Awards? Show more Show less

The Academy Awards is among one of the most prestigious awards ceremonies for film in the world. The most coveted award of the ceremony is that for Best Picture. While animated features, such as Disney's Beauty and the Beast, have been nominated for this award, none have ever won. Further, there is a separate category for the Best Animated Feature that does not consider live-action film. Is there a way to acknowledge both forms of media in a single category without stigmatizing either?

Yes, animated films should be considered for Best Picture at the Academy Awards Show more Show less

Animated films and live action films, while different, have enough in common to justify comparisons between the two.
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CGI is animation

Many live-action movies use some form of computer-generated imagery, or CGI, to convey aspects of the story being told on screen.
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Context

The Argument

Wholly animated films do not differ much from live-action movies that incorporate some form of CGI. In fact, they have a lot of similarities when it comes to planning out how sequences are going to be filmed and rendered. CGI is most similar to 3D animation, which is the same type of animation used in Best Picture nominated films like Toy Story 3 and UP.[1] The artistic techniques for creating 3D animation and CGI are not too different from one another. If films that use CGI are allowed to be considered for Best Picture, so should animated films.

Counter arguments

While CGI is used in many live action films, most of these films are not overly-reliant on this aspect of the creative process. CGI is supplementary to the live action aspect of these films. This becomes even more apparent when practical effects are used in conjunction with CGI. For example, filming a stuntman performing a stunt wearing a harness and cables and later removing the harness and cables electronically. While this isn't wholly live-action, it also wouldn't be considered animation.[2]

Framing

Premises

[P1] CGI has become so prevalent in live-action movies that, generally speaking, there is not much difference between animated films and live action films.

Rejecting the premises

[Rejecting P1] While similar to animation, the fact that CGI must be incorporated into a live-action setting makes it entirely different from animation.

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References

  1. http://web.pdx.edu/~squarum/5typesofanimation/cgi.html
  2. https://medium.com/cinenation-show/a-balancing-act-practical-effects-and-visual-effects-96f29f26527a

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