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There is considerable buzz surrounding the performance of Scarlett Johansson — or at least her voice — in Spike Jonze‘s futuristic romance Her, in which Johansson plays Samantha, an advanced computer operating system with which Joaquin Phoenix‘s Theodore falls in love. But Johansson’s prospects for becoming the first actor or actress to ever receive an Oscar nomination for a part in which he or she is never seen have now hit a bit of a bump: The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which determines the Golden Globe Awards, has notified Her‘s distributor, Warner Bros., that the part has been deemed ineligible for consideration for a Globe nom, which often precedes Academy recognition.
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The decision, which was reportedly first rendered several days ago, was then appealed by Warner Bros., which learned of the HFPA’s final ruling on Tuesday.
For better or worse, you can’t say the HFPA isn’t consistent: They previously disqualified Andy Serkis‘ CGI-enhanced characterizations in Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011) and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012).
Johansson, who has received rave reviews for her work in Her and was awarded the best actress prize at the Rome Film Festival earlier this month, is theoretically still eligible for Academy Award and Screen Actors Guild Award nominations. But prevailing wisdom suggests that the 29-year-old stood her best shot at major awards recognition with the HFPA, the members of which famously adore A-list movie stars in performances of any shape or size, as opposed to the actors who belong to the Academy and/or SAG, who are more likely to question whether a solely vocal performance should be considered alongside more traditional performances. (Neither body has ever nominated such a performance before.)
Regardless, a Warner Bros. rep made it clear to The Hollywood Reporter on Tuesday that the studio plans to proceed full-steam-ahead with its campaign for Johansson.
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