Best Supporting Actor? This is an outrage! (but not really)

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“Here’s. My. Card.”

So … no surprise here, Heath Ledger posthumously won Best Supporting Actor for his performance as The Joker in The Dark Knight.

What a travesty.

Best supporting actor?

“Supporting”?

I think not.

I don’t care that Batman is technically the title character. Nor was I displeased with Christian Bale’s performance; quite the contrary. The script gave him far less to work with than Batman Begins, but that’s par for the proverbial course. The character was already developed. What else can you do…short of introduce a major catalyst?

By the written plot AND by Heath Ledger’s jaw-dropping performance, The Joker is the primary moving force in The Dark Knight. The characters react to him rather than the reverse, all the way to the bitter end. He’s the cause for the Title Drop and all the events leading to it, not to mention completely stealing the show from the intended Anti-Hero.

He managed to take something Older Than Dirt and make it completetly original.

And Ledger’s Joker is giving even Hannibal Lecter a run for the money for my favorite Big Bad of all time.

Although at the moment I may sound like a gushing fanboy, for someone as cynical and critical of all things as I am, that’s no small feat. Ledger played the lead as far as I’m concerned.

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  • Ben Farrar

    Somewhere, someone probably has objective standards for what makes a “main” character, but that doesn’t really matter to me. Heath Ledger gave the best performance, while at the same time accentuating all the other actors. This is probably the most well-done movie I have ever seen-and I saw the Spongebob Squarepants movie. “Dark Knight” was even better than the original in the series, and together they make up the only two satisfying Batman movies I have ever seen. Clearly, this director understands his material. I only hope he can continue to redeem the series in the next sequel. By casting Johnny Depp as the riddler, he’s off to a good start.

    As a side note that I’m interested in getting your opinion on:

    True or False: Heath Ledger was the only REAL person who the Joker ever killed.

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