Kong to Paw Special BFCA Award

It seems the complexities of creating an animated performance are finally being recognized with a special award to be presented by The Broadcast Film Critics Association during the 11th annual Critics’ Choice Awards gala. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the 25-foot simian star of Peter Jackson’s King Kong remake will receive the Distinguished Achievement in Performing Arts Award on Jan. 9.

The motion-capture performance by actor Andy Serkis and the CG augmentations by the animators at Weta Digital in New Zealand will be honored for the ‘revolutionary leap forward in synthesizing visual effects with an actor’s performance.’ Serkis will accept the award.

BFCA president Joey Berlin told the Reporter, “Many BFCA members wanted to vote for Kong for best actor because they were so impressed by the astonishing way in which he expresses love, lust, humor and rage in the tradition of the finest human actors. The BFCA board of directors feels this recognition is necessary to live up to our goal of honoring the finest in cinematic achievement at the Critics’ Choice Awards show.’

King Kong has also been nominated for Best Picture by the BFCA. Jackson and his team at Weta are reportedly creating some new footage exclusively for the awards ceremony at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium on Jan. 9. A live broadcast of the event will be carried on the WB Network. See the full lists of BFCA nominees at www.bfca.org.