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Friday, June 27, 2008

Heath Ledger’s Oscar

posted by on June 27 at 10:56 AM

He didn’t win one for Brokeback Mountain—and poor Jake wasn’t even nominated (anti-bottom bias!)—but after watching the preview for The Dark Knight, I leaned over to my boyfriend and whispered, “Heath Ledger will be nominated for an Oscar for his Joker, and this time he’ll win.” I repeated my prediction that night in front of a half-a-dozen witnesses at dinner. But, damn, I didn’t toss it up on Slog right away—so I’m not for the first to get online with this. But I called it first—I have witnesses!

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Posted by Mr. Poe | June 27, 2008 11:02 AM

Will he win because he died and the voters will give a sympathy vote, or is his Joker really that good??

Posted by Robin Sparkles | June 27, 2008 11:08 AM

i knew heath ledger was going to get an oscar for that before he was even born.

Posted by adrian | June 27, 2008 11:08 AM

I see Mr. Poe is doing his Heath Ledger impression.

Posted by joey | June 27, 2008 11:13 AM

Is the film already out? Or are you just trying to brag to the plebeians?

Posted by James | June 27, 2008 11:14 AM

Oh, nevermind. I see it was just the preview. :-) My apologies.

Posted by James | June 27, 2008 11:16 AM

@2 - My guess is yes to both questions. Supposedly, he was so into the role that he more or less went crazy, which then led to being hopped up on the meds that killed him.

Posted by Mahtli69 | June 27, 2008 11:20 AM

1)uh, Gyllenhaal WAS nominated for best supporting actor for Brokeback Mountain and didn't win.

2)I doubt it. Genre films don't do well at the Oscars and by the time nominations roll around at the end of the year, Ledger and the film will have both been old news...

Posted by michael strangeways | June 27, 2008 11:27 AM

supporting actor, more likely. they throw that one at anything. remember roger ebert wanting cameron diaz nominated for The Mask?

Posted by max solomon | June 27, 2008 11:31 AM

Won't it be awkward with Jack Nicholson sitting in his usual first-row throne?

Posted by Nat | June 27, 2008 12:04 PM

God I was so embarrassed for Drudge for making this a "story" he linked to. Which unfortunately is probably where you gleaned it from.

Posted by Non | June 27, 2008 12:30 PM

People who think Slog comments are bad should check out those. My favorite: "He was a bum. Never heard of him til he died. Maybe he's the white Tupac."

Posted by Fnarf | June 27, 2008 12:51 PM

Peter Travers of Rolling Stone also thinks he will and should win.

Posted by elswinger | June 27, 2008 2:01 PM

I know it's not possible to buy Savage, (well, you can, but you're probably not willing to pay the price...) but this KTLA clown Sam Rubin is a hack. The old "(fill in the blank) gives a performance of a lifetime and is an Oscar shoo-in!!!" bit has been used by Hollywood p.r. firms since the days of Joan Crawford/Mildred Pierce... It's an obvious cheap way to get publicity for a soon to open film, plus it sometimes actually works and they get an Oscar or at least a nomination.

Posted by michael strangeways | June 27, 2008 2:03 PM


That was Siskel, not Ebert.

Posted by Mr. Poe | June 27, 2008 2:37 PM

I hope it's a good movie.

Posted by Jason Josephes | June 27, 2008 2:38 PM

The real question is, who will pick it up for him?

Will it be his true love who didn't care enough to know he was dead for days, Mary Kate Olsen? Or his ex-wife? Or ... the skank producers of the Dark Knight film?

I'm guessing the last ones, and they'll make an obnoxious speech that will only talk about themselves.

Posted by Will in Seattle | June 27, 2008 3:01 PM

Jake Gyllenhaal, the godfather to Heath's daughter, Matilda, will almost certainly collect Heath's Oscar. Another beyond-poetic-justic-moment coming up in your lifetime next February 22nd.

Posted by RHETT ORACLE | June 27, 2008 3:29 PM

shit, I meant 'justice'

Posted by RHETT ORACLE | June 27, 2008 3:30 PM

Like everyone wasn't already thinking that within 24 hours of his death?

Posted by monkey | June 27, 2008 5:03 PM

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