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

No, animated films should not be considered for Best Picture at the Academy Awards Show more Show less

Animated films are too different to be fairly compared with live action films.
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The emotional responsibility of acting

Films are heavily dependent on the performances given by the actors and actresses. Acting techniques used in animated film differ greatly from those in live action films.
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The Argument

While both animated and live action film's success relies heavily on the performance of actors and actresses, the way emotion is conveyed differs greatly depending on whether a film is live action or animated. Animation requires voice actors to convey emotion by primarily using vocal cues. Physical emotional cues, such as crying or smiling, are the responsibilities of artists and animators.[1] In live action films, however, the actors and actresses are responsible for conveying vocal, facial, and physical cues. Therefore, animated and live action movies should not be directly compared in the same categories, as they have such different ways of conveying emotional effectiveness.

Counter arguments

In both live action and animated films, emotion must be conveyed to tell a compelling story and to create a good film. It doesn't matter who has the responsibility of conveying emotions as long as they are conveyed in a way that makes sense and serves to benefit the story.


[P1] Acting in an animated film is different from acting in a live action film. [P2] It is hard to compare the emotional effectiveness of films when the responsibility of creating said emotion shifts based on the medium of the film.

Rejecting the premises

[Rejecting P2] In general, it is the responsibility of the director to capture and convey the emotions of the actors to the members of the audience, no matter the medium of the film.




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