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It appears that Heath Ledger has won an Oscar for being dead.

I don't know, but maybe I'm the only one around who didn't think much of the Dark Knight, and certainly I didn't think much of Ledger's performance. Don't get me wrong, it wasn't bad, but as performances go, it was a little like inviting the uncle over for a birthday party and having him pretend to be a cartoon villain. Funny, but not anything close to being real. If he was actually doing a full performance from the Dark Knight, I would also have said that he kept it going on for much too long, ultimately over staying his welcome. It's been a little tragic watching Ledger win the awards he has for playing the Joker, in fact, and at times it makes me think that it is representative of what's wrong with Western films at the moment: shallow, without edge or bite, a pleasant distraction from anything real, and where alright has become the bar that we aspire too.

Still, what do I know? It certainly isn't anything to do with popularity and awards. After all, I saw Slumdog Millionaire, and while I liked that too, I didn't think it was worth an award of any kind. It was just alright, a good flick, but not one without its problems.

As I write this, I was asked why I felt the need to comment on this, because I don't actually value awards of any kind. They are, after all, the opinions of people, and if you don't know the people involved, there's no real way to gauge if they were actually qualified to make a value judgement. Yet, still, I'm drawn to the results of awards, possibly because of the status that is awarded to them in our society. It's interesting to see who the winners of various things are, if for no other reason that to trace to the slow disintegration of artistic merit within our society.

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catsparx
Feb. 24th, 2009 02:28 am (UTC)
I disagree. I actually reckon Leger won that Oscar fair and square.
ext_135212
Feb. 24th, 2009 02:33 am (UTC)
as do I...not necessarily because his performance was earth-shattering, but mostly because his competition this year wasn't that impressive. Dead or not, I think there was pretty good odds he would have got it...dying just increased his odds even further. But we'll never know for sure, of course.
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lucius_t
Feb. 24th, 2009 02:40 am (UTC)
I thought The Dark Knight was a mediocre action flick and ledger's performance, while better than perhaps the film deserved, didn't merit so much attention. It's ridiculous to think his suicide had no effect on his awards profile.

Worse yet was the Best Actor award which went to Sean Penn for his usual excellent performance, but Mickey Rourke's Wrestler was a once in a career thing and should have been recognized.
benpeek
Feb. 24th, 2009 02:47 am (UTC)
i haven't seen the wrestler yet, but i reckon i'll track it down soon enough.

as for ledger... yeah, i reckon its silly to think the death didn't have an effect on it.
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catsparx
Feb. 24th, 2009 02:57 am (UTC)
I think 'ridiculous' is a bit strong... I'd pay 'reasonable' though. I thought it was a strong performance. But considering the great wadges of cash involved with the Academy Awards, I can't believe we're bothering to have opinions about what might have honestly deserved to win anything.

That Baz Lurman dance number featuring Jackman & Beyonce sucked big time. Too many songs crammed into it -- I don't know how those poor dancers were supposed to synch to the rhythm. It was all just noise to me... and I'm a fan of cheesy musical dance numbers!
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squirrel_monkey
Feb. 24th, 2009 03:02 am (UTC)
Ledger didn't have much competition, and I couldn't agree more -- Rourke was robbed. (Although I cannot say that I particularly LIKE Penn).
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hani
Feb. 24th, 2009 03:07 am (UTC)
I don't believe it was suicide.
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ironed_orchid
Feb. 24th, 2009 02:58 am (UTC)
A lot of the time people get awards for a movie in which was okay, but it's because people realise they should have got the award a few years ago but some other movie got all the hype and they missed out, so there's a guilt/sympathy thing going on with the voters. So the award Heath got was probably for Brokeback Mountain as much as for the joker.
angriest
Feb. 24th, 2009 03:06 am (UTC)
Ha! I think we both just posted the same thing at the same time!
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ashamel
Feb. 24th, 2009 03:36 am (UTC)
I thought the movie was decidedly average, but the Joker was the best thing about it, and Heath carried it off very well.
jeffsoesbe
Feb. 24th, 2009 06:38 am (UTC)
I too enjoyed Slumdog Millionaire, even though I had my issues with it (knew how it was constructed the second I heard the movie summary; the female lead was nothing more than an object of desire).

I might have rightfully given it the song/score Oscars, as the music was dynamic and different and not the same old overwarmed John Williams-esque movements.

When all was said and done, I thought "8 Oscars, no way it is as good as other films that have won a lot of Oscars".

Then I checked the list. Ben Hur, Titanic, English Patient, the list of "*that* won 8 or more Oscars?!?!" goes on...

- yeff
benpeek
Feb. 24th, 2009 12:10 pm (UTC)
...you know, i at least liked SLUMDOG, which is something i can't say bout a lot of them other films.
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mondyboy
Feb. 24th, 2009 08:46 am (UTC)
A couple of the people I watched it was last night agree with you. I, on the other hand, thought Ledger was great.

I ado agree with Lucius below that Mickey R was robbed.
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