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.