Thursday, July 24th — Heath Ledger

July 24, 2008

Today I Learned…

…who’s going to win the Oscar next year for Best Supporting Actor.  The late Mr. Ledger’s performance in The Dark Knight as The Joker, one of the most iconic villians in pop culture, was so revolutionary, so inspired, so… terrifying, that he’d be a shoe-in for a nomination — with a decent chance to win, despite being in a so-called “summer blockbuster” — any year.  Combine that with his untimely and tragic death earlier this year, and I’m already one-for-one in my Academy Awards pool.

Seriously, if you’re a fan of movies – of comic books – of Batman – of Mr. Ledger – of the craft of acting – go see this movie as quickly as you can.  My only beef with it is that it’s about half an hour too long — the bits in Hong Kong weren’t entirely necessary from my point of view.  However, that is a minor complaint against what is by all other accounts a staggering film.

EDIT: Also, Aaron Eckhardt and Denis Leary could be twins.


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