There's an interesting article on India's Deccan Herald website about King Kong, Andy Serkis and whether or not he should be eligible for an Oscar for his role in the giant ape's astonishing performance. I think most people agree that Andy was robbed when the Oscars failed to acknowledge his work in Lord of the Rings. Certainly Andy isn't the only one responsible for bringing Kong or Gollum to life - the performance is built by a team of artists and animators - but how is that different from actors working with hair stylists and costume designers? Is this acting? Puppetry? Something else entirely?
These are questions that the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences is going to have to tackle eventually.