the Popcorn Reel Awards Season 2009
best picture best director best actor best actress best supporting actress

best supporting actor  guaranteed nominee

by Omar P.L. Moore/The Popcorn Reel
November 17, 2008


The late Heath Ledger's work as The Joker in "The Dark Knight" is chilling and full of the menace and guile that was missing in Jack Nicholson's clowning role almost twenty years ago in "Batman".  Mr. Ledger has us on the edge of our seats at times and we don't know what to expect from his Joker from one day to the next.  It is this unpredictability that is at the core of his searing work here, which should be recognized by the Academy.  That Mr. Ledger is no longer with us should have little influence on his chances for an Oscar nomination; the merits of his resonant performance speak clearly for themselves.

Many millions of people around the world flocked to theaters to see "The Dark Knight" last summer, and a good many of them were just curious to see Mr. Ledger's final full big screen performance, and they weren't disappointed.  The film grossed about $1 billion worldwide, with over $530 million of that coming from the U.S. and Canada.

"The Dark Knight" will hit DVD shelves in the U.S. and Canada on December 9, giving audiences another chance to take in Mr. Ledger's Joker.  The film is also still in some IMAX theaters, and it is highly recommended that if you have a chance, you should take full advantage of seeing it on a huge screen.

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