A Posthumous Oscar for Ledger? Kevin debates with Himself Portraying an Idiot on the Internet
Kevin Marshall’s Perspective
On a dorky note: whenever I read comics, the voice of The Joker in my head is, and always will be, Mark Hamill. In fairness, much of that is due to the strong visual connection between an animated series and the comics medium.
In terms of live-action, there’s never been a better comic book villain on film or television than Ledger’s Joker. I include Nicholson’s turn as The Joker in Tim Burton’s first “Batman” film in that previous statement, because let’s face it, Nicholson’s Joker was good, but much of it was just Jack being Jack.
Really, even asking if Ledger deserves a nomination at this point is moot, since most of the Academy-Award nominating performances for actors and actresses come out later in the year (so as to be fresh in the minds of the Academy). Since we realistically haven’t even seen the field, it’s impossible to say if Ledger deserves a posthumous Oscar for his performance. But for the sake of keeping my boredom at bay, let’s ignore that trivial fact for a moment.
I think that part of the reason why people scoff so much at Ledger getting a nomination is that they operate under the misapprehension that the award being discussed is for Best Actor. However, due to his role and the way the film’s structured, he’d actually be nominated for Best Supporting Actor. This makes a huge difference, as “Best Supporting Actor” is far more apt to go to a “less dramatic” performance and/or one that’s found in bigger budget fanfare. If anybody was going to win an Oscar for their work in a Summer blockbuster, it’d be in that category (but certainly not in Best Supporting Actress – I guess we can leave the conversation as to why that’s the case for another time).
What we can do is compare Ledger’s performance in “The Dark Knight” to recent winners and nominees in the same category. Was Ledger’s performance better than Javier Bardem’s sadistic turn in “No Country for Old Men”? How about Alan Arkin as the grandfather in “Little Miss Sunshine”? Or Casey Affleck in “The Assasination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford”?
Comparatively speaking, Ledger as The Joker can sit comfortably with those performances.
So, yes, he can conceivably be nominated for that Oscar and it’d be justifiable. Again though, whether or not he’d deserve it would be up to the field, and we won’t start seeing that until the Fall.
Marshall as the Annoying Idiot on the Internet’s Perspective
WHY SO SERIOUSSSS???????? i say it all the time noww and that is why ledger deserves it.
will he get the oscar well YEAAAHHHH i mean c’mon theres never been a beter performance put on teh screen quite like heath ledger or as i call him h-ledge when he played the joker. im sick of ppl doubting him and his abilities he was a great actor if u even saw that movie with julia styles u would know what i mean. h-ledge deserves this occar b/c unlike every other boring snoozefest taht gets nominated this film actually enteraind me!!!
and i thought my jokes were bad! another great line that deserves quoting b/c it carried so much wait in the film. but dont worry I DONT WANT TO KILL YOU! the list goes on. one more hello commissioner. if anything i think hell win b/c it wuz such a tragdy when ashley olsen made him od on all those pills and his makeup was fantastic. its a lock ther has not been a better perforance this yr. lets put a smile on that dearly departed face
So there you have it, folks. What do YOU think?