The Academy Awards ceremony is a cultural institution, signifying the highest acclaim for great achievements in film. Since its inception, award categories have come and gone, both for the reduction of categorical overlap or redundancy, and for the inclusion of newly appreciated areas of excellence, as innovation in technologies and modes of storytelling have expanded the art. But to some of us, there seems to be a here-to-fore unappreciated category of performance.
Voice acting is currently not considered by the Academy. While there are differing opinions as to whether this should change, we are positive that were it to be included and recognized, our work as voice actors would be that much more legitimized as an art form in the modern cultural zeitgeist. We've all enjoyed the fruits of the labor of the voice over community, with moving performances in film and animated features included, so it stands to reason that one day we might be recognized in this particular award ceremony. Until then, we can continue to elevate our craft and broaden the scope of stories we have the honor of telling, which is arguably the most important part of the work.
Here, we're sharing an article that makes the case for including this new category and also delivers perspectives from actors in the field about about recognition of great voice acting, past and present, and of acknowledging the credit due to the animators who take our voices to higher levels.
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