Kevin Spacey has been nominated for Best Performance at this year’s video game BAFTAs. The actor played military industrialist supremacist Jeremy Irons in Call of Duty Advaced Warfare, in a not-at-all-like-Frank-Underwood turn.
Spacey previously won Best Actor at the film BAFTAs for his role in American Beauty, but this would be the first time he succeeded for wearing a motion capture suit and dots all over his face.
A win would go some way to making up his defeat at The Games Awards last year, when he lost out to Trey Parker from South Park. Parker gave this pretty amazing speech.
The actor’s nomination signals gaming’s expanding ambitions when it comes to storytelling, especially evident in the ‘Story’ category. Of the nominations, zombie game the Last of Us: Left Behind combined bleak survival gameplay with harrowing decision making, and Far Cry 4 featured shooting and man’s inhumanity to man.
However, many other games don’t rely on fast paced action. The Wolf Among Us, based on the Fables comic books, develops the more considered point-and-click genre of gaming’s early days. Tim Fine, a legend in the field, is also nominated for Broken Age.
The hotly contested best game title is surprisingly free of old faces, with Mario Kart 8 and Dragon Age: Inquisition the only sequels in the running. Destiny, Alien: Isolation, Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor and Monument Valley are all original properties.
Elsewhere, Assassin’s Creed Unity is controversially up for Best Artistic Achievement, despite significant technical issues on its release. It’s true what they say: a work of art is never finished, only abandoned.