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Let me start by saying how much I enjoy your annual telecast. As previously averred, I’ve never missed one in its 17 year history and whether or not you take the following suggestion to heart, I will watch again next year as well. You people know how to throw a party.
The reason for my letter is simple: JMHO, but I believe that the Guild should recognize the voice casts of animated films. These actors are all card-carrying members of your organization and pay their dues just like actors that are seen on screen. They deserve to be recognized, too.
Now, a regular reader of this blog (assuming there are any) would think that my motive is an ulterior one, that I really only want the voice cast of one particular movie (How to Train Your Dragon) to be recognized and if possible, one member of the cast (he who shall remain nameless) to which I say, au contraire. While the lack of recognition for the vocal talents involved with my favorite animated film of 2010 may have sparked the idea, it is, after all, too late for that particular film.
Regardless of what prompted it, I do think it’s an idea whose time has come. SAG, you showed your willingness to think outside the box by adding the “Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture” category. (Maybe next year you’ll even put it on television.) This little bit of ‘hipper-than-thou’ cred is only going to go so far. Make the next logical leap to including voice casts before The Academy or, heaven forbid, the HFPA beats you to it!
And now, treats for faithful readers…