Reel Awards Season 2009
best picture best director
best actor best actress best
best supporting actor guaranteed nominee
by Omar P.L. Moore/The Popcorn Reel
November 17, 2008
HEATH LEDGER as The Joker
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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