My absolutely lowlight of the evening was Chris Rock presenting best animated feature film. First, the joke about voice acting was irrelevant to the award. Had this been the award for best vocal performance then yeah, it would have made sense. But no, he just went on and on about how "easy" voice acting is.
Maybe it's just the animation nerd in me, and I get that he was trying to be funny and sarcastic, but his joke came out as a big "Fuck you" to professional voice actors with all his claims about voice acting being "easy". He really did over-simplify voice acting since voice acting is still voice ACTING, which means that you still have to convey emotion and add weight to the character. Voice acting also means repeating the same lines over and over again, something that studios don't show a lot of.
You'll be pleased to know that Tara Strong agrees with you.
Not surprised at all. People like her, Jim Cummings, Tom Kane, Tom Kenny, Charlie Adler, Steven Jay Blum, Billy West, DAN CASTALLENETA, Nancy Cartwright, John DiMaggio, Cree Summer and TONS more in the animation/anime community have made a name for themselves just doing voice overs, and they will ALL attest to the fact that voice acting is not easy.
I think it was Billy West who said that voice acting is more than just doing silly voices, that you have to train your vocal chords for the stress they will be forced upon, and that you have to ACT. Billy West also mentioned how ridiculous celebrity voice acting is getting, using Cameron Diaz as an example. At the time she was getting tons of millions of dollars just to voice Fiona. Billy even said that all she did was be herself, and I agree.
Again I get that he was being sarcastic, and the fact that everyone laughed means that they got what he is talking about. Still I just wish there was more respect towards animation since in the last few years it has been making more money than most live action films, and as Chris Rock said, they are getting paid by the millions.
I blame DreamWorks for this. Yeah, they have made great movies and at times they do get a lot of talent out of the celebrity voice actors they hire, but because they have made it so easy for anyone to come in and do a voice and pay them millions for it it has created the idea that animation is an easy thing to do.