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Is Heath Ledger Oscar-worthy?

July 18, 2008

Heath ledger in Batman

The hype around Friday’s release of the “The Dark Knight” has reached a fever pitch, with Heath Ledger’s dark turn as the Joker generating an avalanche of posthumous Oscar buzz.

Peter Travers of Rolling Stone has called Ledger’s performance “mad-crazy-blazing brilliant,” while the sequel’s director Christopher Nolan has raved in the New York Times that Ledger’s portrayal of the sadistic makeup-caked villain is “stunning” and “iconic”.

The big-ticket Academy Award categories have typically been bereft of summer blockbuster nominees.

But is Ledger’s performance so bone-chillingly remarkable that it can survive the hype and the action-movie stigma?

As the 2006 best-picture shunning of “Dreamgirls” demonstrated, presumptive hype can lead to a snub when the Academy Award nominations are announced.

The Internet Oscar buzz alone for the Australian actor – lead by a gallery of fans likely still reeling from the shock of his untimely death in January – has eclipsed the praise of traditional critics, elevating the risk that Ledger will become a target for backlash.

The film is likely to surge above the $100-million mark during its opening weekend, placing the film in the same mega-earning category as “Iron Man” and “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull”.

clip_image002.jpgWriting Ledger’s name on a ballot will perhaps become more palatable for Academy voters given the length of time between opening weekend and when Oscar nomination polls close on Jan.12, 2009.

This may be one time when fading memories are deemed an advantage amongst the fickle Hollywood elite – cementing Ledger’s legacy as an Oscar-worthy talent.

For full coverage of “The Dark Knight”, click here.


I’ve read many reviews on “The Dark Knight” and they all are fantastic. It is 5 star rated; you can’t get any better than that. The Academy of Arts and Sciences has “goofed” many times. Most recently, Eddie Murphy was a shoo-in for best supporting actor and it took it away because of a movie (Norbit) that was released before the awards were announced. What did Norbit have to do with his performance in “Dreamgirls”? Right, nothing. The English award equivalent to the Oscar was given to Heath Ledger for Brokeback Mountain, so does that make America stupid or was there decision based upon him being a Australian actor? To make up for the Academy’s misdeed, MAKE SURE THAT HE WINS IT IN 2009!!!


My comment above says it all. The Academy of Arts and Sciences are somewhat biased. Heath Ledger’s portrayal of Ennis Del Marr knocked the socks off of Philip Seymour Hoffman’s gay man portrayal. Hoffman’s portrayal was sickening and embarassing to watch. Yuk! I like Hoffman much better in “Scent of a Woman”. To me, Hoffman is not a good lead actor; supporting roles are better for him.


Sorry, I’ll be the 1st to say the Ledger is only getting all this attention because he is dead. Prior to his OD, they were showing small parts of Batman, but nothing was being said that would make him worthy. As soon as he had his drug OD, they made him the King of this movie.

If he were alive, this movie would be just another Batman movie.

Posted by Dusty | Report as abusive

Dusty, have you seen th movie? I myself am not a Heath Ledger fan but got invited by a friend to go along to a midnight showing and I must say Ledger portrayal of the Joker was amazing. One of the best developed characters and Joker was truly creepy. Regardless of whether or not Ledger is dead the acting he did in the film was definitely something to take note of.

Posted by Amy | Report as abusive

i just saw the dark knight, less than fifteen minutes ago.. and even though Heath ODed, his performance was already oscar winning material. Other actors have touched the joker subject, but they’ve never been able to portray how psychotic and deranged this villain truely was and that’s exactly what he did. he was brilliant.

Posted by jess | Report as abusive

I just finished watching “The Dark Night”. All I can say is WOW! What a great movie. Heath Ledger’s performance was breath taking. He deserves the Oscar! If he doesn’t win it, then there really is something terribly wrong with the Academy. Rest in peace, Heath. Everybody down under loves you. You made us proud.

Posted by Joao | Report as abusive

My apologies. “The Dark Knight”.

Posted by Joao | Report as abusive

Dusty have you seen the Dark Night? I know it just came out but…go see it, THEN give your opinion on it. Ledger is NOT getting the attention because he is Dead…Ledger was AMAZING. Ledger did a great job; an oscar-worthy performance I’d say. Do you have any idea how much he went through to create this role? Apart from learning to think and act like a madman…he also somehow out acted some of the biggest actors out there. Morgan Freeman, Christian Bale (who mind you went to Julliard (one of the best acting school there is)), Aaron Eckhart, Cillian Murphy…Ledger out-acted every single one of these people.

Posted by John Paul McCartney | Report as abusive

I realize that may he has not been in the limelight for very long, but he has made a definite inpact on the movie goer society. He deserves a chance to be rewarded like others, even if he is no longer with us. I am sure he worked as hard as anyone. That for sure shows in his performance in what he has played in. God bless him.


I completely disagree with the comment that this would be just another Batman movie. First off, what Nolan did not only completely changed the face of the Batman Franchise, but also changed how superhero movies are being approached. The darker tone and more serious manner are a direct result of Batman Begins. This movie was NOT just another superhero movie to blow off it was filled with qualities that many best picture choices contain. What you’re saying is comparing this movie to other Batman movies with people such as Michael Keaton and George Clooney, which is downright insulting. Maybe you haven’t seen the movie, but it is a lot more than just another ordinary run of the mill film.

Posted by Chris | Report as abusive

I saw this movie at midnight, and I must say that Heath Ledger’s performance IS fantastic. His portrayal of the joker is right on, and I do believe that it is worthy of an Oscar. It is absolutely stunning, and I disagree that the hype for this movie is only because he died, it honestly is an amazing film. They were showing small parts because he OD’d early on in the year and the movie wasn’t realeasd until the summer, it was a bit too early to try to round up fans. While some fans may have gone to see the film to see his last performance, they will leave stunned after watching his amazing talent. I admit that I was curious to see the role that drove him to nightmares, but I’m also a huge Batman fan, and I take offense to “just another Batman movie”. But that’s not the point to my ramble, he played the part extremely well so why shouldn’t he be up for an award?

Posted by Cori | Report as abusive

what made the Joker scarier was the flesh color creeping thru the caked makeup and his real arm as he hung out of the speeding car the guy was no cartoon character, he was a true psycho Ledger Oscar-worthy? absolutely!

Posted by Di | Report as abusive

Anyone who denies Heaths performance was anything than the best performance of his entire career; knows little about ART and Passion and the things that define greatness in Art. He was and will now always be “The Joker”. Jack Nicholson as the joker was
“a joke” compared to Ledgers portrayal. And I think we can all agree that the Oscars are a bunch of Bureaucratic Bullshit. It doesn’t matter if he wins one, stop giving the Oscars so much power over what YOU think is Great Art. Heath Ledger— those of us who see,,,,will miss you very very much.
And to your family and friends and children, I hope you are doing OK.
I want you to know that Heath has help me in my life in countless ways, just watching him perform, has rejuvenated my faith in this shitty business of show
I live in hollywood and I hate it for what it is and for what it isn’t, but I’m stuck here and I feel nothing but compassion for anyone who falls victim to it’s Collateral damage.


Quoting DUSTY:

“Sorry, I’ll be the 1st to say the Ledger is only getting all this attention because he is dead.”

What gives you the right to speak of the deceased like that? What could possibly be going through your mind to say something so inhumane? He passed away, that’s a fact but have some respect. If he is nominated for it or if he wins people like you will just say it was because he passed away.

The fact is that if you sit in that theatre pay the 11 bucks to watch this movie, you will enjoy yourself. It is a genuinely entertaining movie, which is what movies were made to do. He was is funny, crazy, and down right creepy as joker, which is exactly what the role was supposed to be. When you were watching the movie you weren’t watching Heath Ledger play joker you were watching the Joker terrorize gotham. He made that role and that’s that.

Posted by Joe | Report as abusive

Just saw the Dark Knight with my kids. While I am not a huge fan of the Batman movies I have to give praise to Heath Ledger’s performance as the Joker. HE IS the best part of the movie! He is creeply convincing and not just a “cartoon character”. I have to say, he “steals the show”. He will be missed

Posted by Karen | Report as abusive

I saw The Dark Knight last night. Now, I’m a movie lover and an actress, so I know a good performance when I see one. THAT was a great performance. It was something special, something that people will always remember. Heath was phenomenal. I am still getting chills thinking about it. From my point of view, his portrayal of The Joker is definitely Oscar-worthy.

Posted by Elise | Report as abusive

To add to my previous comment, Heath Ledger transcended the screen. He could have been as convincing as a villian in ANY movie. Could have been Red Dragon or Silence of the Lambs instead of Batman. He was up against an amazing cast: Michael Cane, Morgan Freeman, Christian Bale, just to name a few. He ABSOLUTELY stole the screen. What an actor; what a human loss.

Posted by Karen | Report as abusive

When Heath Ledger was cast to play the joker i had my doubts, I wasn’t sure he could live up to the character. I was so wrong! He completely embodied the joker persona. He was funny, psychotic, and creepy all at once. His performance was truly remarkable and he really deserves all the oscar praises he is recieving.

Posted by Ashley | Report as abusive

Dusty, you’re crazy. Have you even seen the movie? I saw the midnight release this morning and his preformance was amazingly creepy. Dead or alive I think his preformance would still be Oscar-worthy. He was completely convinicing and was the talk of all 3,000 people who saw the premier in my town.

Posted by Ashley | Report as abusive

the oscars mess up all the time. whether or not heath ledger even gets nominated, his performance as the joker can never be topped. he was perfect. *that* was the joker comic fans have been waiting for. *that* was the joker you can see in ‘the killing joke’.
the dark knight is a great film, and it’s sad that it’s going to be a cult film, just because it’s heath ledger’s last. it deserves cult status anyway.
heath ledger won me over completely with brokeback mountain. i didn’t think i could respect his talent any more, even if i tried.
i was wrong.
and that’s depressing.

Posted by R | Report as abusive

Heath Ledger was brilliant.
The whole time I was watching the movie, I tried so hard to see through that joker character and find Ledger behind it.
Not only I was unsuccessful, but it made me think that the movie should be named “Joker, and Batman” or something…
The character development was so wonderful and acting was superb. Nowadays, filmmakers so easily create a figure using
CG and greenscreen. Only thing Heath needed was white powder and lipstick… it was amazing. Anybody who is foolish enough to say that the joker character is hype because of Heath’s death is just a ignorant person who did not see this movie, but wanna get some attention from
other bloggers. We will always miss Heath for this great movie. Thank you

Posted by Eric | Report as abusive

I just caught the midnight showing of “The Dark Knight” and was clearly impressed with Heath Ledger’s brilliant performance exploring the depths of psychotic evil and madness of The Joker character.

It’s not often an actor rises to the challenge of making a complicated character ‘Larger Than Life’ on the Big Screen but with Ledger’s genius in portraying the subtleties of such a dark villain showing up at every turn I believe he not only set the standard of how to master such a difficult role but raised the bar as well.

The only other dark villain portrayed with such passion and psychological skill that comes to mind although in a different dramatic format was the Marlon Brando character Colonel Kurtz in the Heart Of Darkness story portrayed in Apocalypse Now.

An excellent brilliant performance by Heath Ledger.

Posted by Jeff | Report as abusive

I have to say that when i saw the midnight showing of “the dark knight” i was completely unbiased at the fact that heath ledger was dead. I couldnt remember who he was and it didnt click for me until the next day. So what im trying to say is that i saw the movie withought any biased towards the actor heath ledger. His role as the Joker was truly brilliant and bone chilling. It was a spectacular film that deserves all the great ratings its gotten so far.

Posted by Mario | Report as abusive

Absolutely disagree with you, Dusty.

Aside from the typical response to the death of a promising young actor, sadless and loss, his role in the Dark Knight now provides yet another misfortune.

Now, not because of box office, but to avoid the appearance of sentimentality, he might end up being ignored.

Had he lived, there’d be no question of an oscar nomination.

Posted by Drew | Report as abusive

What craft he had! He was brilliant… If he could act like that at 28 years old, just imagine what amazing films he would have made! He will be missed! May he rest in peace and never forgotten! Matilda will be proud of her father.

Posted by arden | Report as abusive

I went and saw this movie last night and let me tell you, it was one of the best movies I have seen in a incredibly LONG time! Now one of my favorite movies of all time. Heath Ledger did a amazing job playing the Joker. He was captivating, thrilling and just downright scary. I think he does deserve an Oscar for his role because I have not seen someone play a role better than that in years. He was brilliant.

Posted by Sophie | Report as abusive

I wonder if there would be as much “hype” if Ledger was still alive. . . Yes, he was a good actor but no different than any other actor/actress such as Marilyn Monroe and Clark Gable in THE MISFITS?


I saw the movie last night, and I can say that Heath Ledger was awesome. He depicted the role of the joker as a deranged freak quite well. I can say that i’m not a huge ledger fan, but after seeing this movie, I can say that his character was one of the best in recent memory. That doesn’t mean we should hand the oscar over to him right away, but based on his strong performance, he should at least be considered. Keeping that in mind, because he is no longer with us, and this was one if his last films (the last one is The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus in 2009); he is receiving some bias from the media. Yes, he would still be getting outstanding reviews if he were still alive, but do you think the academy would give him an oscar because this is his last chance? What about other great actor’s movies that haven’t come out yet?

Posted by Nick | Report as abusive

I just saw Dark Knight, and Heath performance was amazing. Of all the batman films, he has been the best villain, again, just an amazing performance

Posted by trsdos | Report as abusive

Saw it, didn’t really like the performance. Way over-hyped. I’d give it ***. That’s it. It’s just a bit on the silly side. Jack Nicholson was much better. I guess that just comes with maturity that Ledger will never attain.

Posted by jim | Report as abusive

i saw the movie today and i absolutely loved heath ledger in it. the joker was by far the best character in the film, at the very first scene he grabbed your attention and kept you on your feet for the rest of the movie. i loved how clever and insane the joker was and i even felt pity for his sad past. heath definately out acted the other big names, which surprised me. i was more captivated by the villian than the hero. i cannot praise enough how great heath ledgers acting was and this is hands down oscar worthy.

Posted by dana | Report as abusive

So many actors end up forgotten. As long as The Dark Knight is shown and watched Heath Ledger will never be forgotten nor will his Joker ever be surpassed.

Posted by Sonny | Report as abusive

If heath ledger was alive still, the movie would still be AMAZING!! His performance was great, but the movie in general had a great plot and one of the greatest Batman movies to date. It wasn’t corny, had a great plot and who doesn’t love Commissioner Gordan, Rachel, Harvey Dent, Joker and BATMAN!! So worth the wait and too bad Heath is gone because it would have been amazing to have him in more Batman Films.

Posted by jo | Report as abusive

Follow the money trail, Batman will beat them all!!!

Posted by Jim | Report as abusive

Jim…are you kidding?…Jack Nicholson’s portrayal better and NOT over the top and NOT on the silly side??? Okay…you cannot be taken seriously…..thinking Heath’s portrayal as sillier. Give me a break!

Oh…and my thoughts on Heath’s acting job…INCREDIBLE! He definitely deserves the Oscar. I couldn’t take my eyes off of him in every scene. He did an extraordinary job. He IS the joker…signed, sealed, and delivered!

Posted by Colleen | Report as abusive

i think in my opinion that this movie is the best of the batman series thus far. i’d give it 4 out of 4 stars. the thing that went well with this movie was that the theme or the feeling of the movie was alot darker then the previous ones. one factor is also the role of the joker. this is how it should be done and he was born for this part. the performance was sick off the charts. this movie in my opinion could easly pass to be a rated R film if it wanted to.

Posted by mr. thao | Report as abusive

although ironman was the long awaited movie of the summer this movie i can say would easly take that spot.

Posted by mr. thao | Report as abusive

Fabulous! The movie was great but Heath’s performance took it to the next level. He was a phenominal actor and it is a tragedy that someone would only believe this hype was due to his untimly death. It is remarkable how such a young man can bring such emense talent to the screen. As Ebert would say, “Two thumbs up!”.

Posted by Kara | Report as abusive

hi im sophia i think heath ledger was the best man in the world. i wish he had never died. I LOVE YOU HEATH LEDGER!!!


TOO much hype, everyone is expecting a so-so performance from Ledger… Including myself… However, not only does his Joker live up to the hype, it far surpasses anything I could have hoped for. He’s worthy of a nomination at minimum… Have to wait and see what else arises…But if you have not seen the film, please don’t comment on it.

Posted by Chris | Report as abusive

I just got back from watching this movie…Although it was a downer I absolutely loved it…Heath Was amazing and in my opinion the better Joker.

Posted by John | Report as abusive

Just saw Dark Knight and am not a big Batman Fan. Heath Ledger was phenominal. If i didn;t know it was him I would have been shocked to hear it was. He played the Joker so well. Even though he has past, people should not critisize because he is gone. Very proud :)

Posted by Betz | Report as abusive

I just returned from seeing this movie, and I must say Heath Ledger was phenomenal. He gave an incredible performance which has nothing to do with his untimely death. A brilliant portrayal of a madman – a must see for sure!

Posted by D.S. | Report as abusive

Just saw the movie and am speechless. Ledger’s performance was undoubtedly one of the best I have ever seen. oscar worthy? absolutely.

Posted by Hanky | Report as abusive

These super-hero comic book epics are the epitomy of American cinematic art – why not give them their full due, they’re all we’ve got.

Posted by Jose R. Pardinas | Report as abusive

This guy is one of the best actors i have ever seen. My personal favorite is “a knights Tale”. Seeing him play the joker was… amazing this guy captured the jokers personalty perfect this guy better get an Oscar on his grave

Posted by Joe | Report as abusive

I don’t care what anyone says; regardless of whether Heath Ledger is alive or not, his acting is phenomenal. His role as the Joker was amazing and blew my mind and personally I thought he was better than any other character in the movie (although everyone did in fact do an amazing job). His death certainly has nothing to with the simple fact that he has immense talent. Perhaps they’re putting a bit more focus on him than they would have had he still been alive but that doesn’t mean that his role doesn’t deserve an Oscar. Heath was entertaining and kept me interested… he was insane and witty and kept me waiting for more of his scenes. People are definitely making a huge deal out of this. The man has passed away, so let his work shine for those who love and appreciate it.

Posted by Kara | Report as abusive

I just got back from seeing The Dark Knight. I had been waiting for a long long time just like everyone else. It went above and beyond all the hype. Seeing Heath Ledger as the Joker was the single greatest acting performance I have ever seen. Much respect to Jack Nicholson but Heath’s portrayl blows his out of the water. Give Heath the Oscar!!

Posted by Derek | Report as abusive

heath ledger puts on the performance of a lifetime..he should most definetly win the oscar… no one, and i mean no one could have put on a better performance then heath ledger


Perhaps it is a little of both. Lets say he totally nailed it. Great. But “mad man” is not nesessarily the hardest role to pull off. Yet let us say it is oscar worthy. But there are other movies out this year with oscar worthy performances. The difference is that this surge at the box office is led by a bunch of heart broken heart throb fans that would be calling for an oscar even if his only seen was of him deficating on a popcicle. I watched most of his movies and enjoyed his work, detication to the art and his style but, these people remind me of all the Nirvana “die hard fans” that showed up after KC’s death. Posers who need lives.

Posted by JustGreg | Report as abusive

It is the BEST movie i have EVER seen (The Dark Knight) the JOKER is my FAVE character i LOVE HIS SOCKS !!!!!!!!!!!! they ROC!!!!!!!!!!!! I WANT THEM SO BAD !!!


Very good movie. I must admit that I was skeptical about Ledger being cast as The Joker, but I’ll be the first to admit that in no way did he disappoint. I will go so far as to say that Caesar Romero and Jack didn’t play The Joker any better than Ledger. At the risk of sounding insensitive, I also believe that his unfortunate death added a bit of a “chill” and darkness to an already dark character that gave this movie additional edge and emotion. He definitely delivered and deserves a posthumous Oscar. I believe the film was a bit too long, but it is packed with tons of action, and moviegoers will not even notice. There are also great storylines within the plot that add to the charm of this movie. Two thumbs up!

Posted by B | Report as abusive

I agree with Dusty and a whole bevy of other posters. I think that this movie and ultimately talks of Heath winning any awards, is because he’s dead. I DID see the movie and I DO think he did an amazing job, but would this even be a published article if he WAS alive? We all think of him in this role in a different way. What about Christian Bale? He did a fantastic job himself. At least half of this movie’s hype was because Heath Ledger had passed. RIP.

Posted by Ben | Report as abusive

“The Dark Night” was one of the best movies I’ve seen. I went into the theater thinking, well, this will suck, but I was so wrong. Ledger byfar was the best joker I have seen. He makes all the others kind of, um, not so great. It breaks my heart knowing that was Heath’s final performance. Everyone played so well in the movie. Heath Ledger most def. deserves that Oscar. All though I do agree there have been other Oscar worthy performances this year, but his was one that stood out even more in my eyes.

Posted by tiffany | Report as abusive

His brilliant performance as Joker somewhat complete the loop of dark roles he’d assumed in his movies. Remember him in roles like the Young Sheriff in Monster Ball; son of general in The Patriot; the drug abuser in Candy; and lead in Brokeback mountain? It’s like all the dark performances peaked with the Joker. I can help but relate his death to Brandon Lee who died whilst filming the Crow: face make-up too.. The title The Dark Knight ironically can be used to describe H Ledger short but brilliant movie career.

Posted by Fatcat | Report as abusive

dusty, are you and idiot? seriously? that movie was hyped up before he died. and i remember thinking to myself when i first saw the preview that this was the perfect role for him. they aired same previews, since before he died but now i guess cause he did die you find it your personal crusade to disagree? get a life. wow. now i will agree that some people will only go see it cause he died, and will decide before even seeing the movie that they’re gonna love it just cause he did die but that doesn’t take away from the sheer genius of his acting skills. i never imagined that someone could ever do the joker character accurately.. not even jack nicholson did it right because he’s crazy.. bottom line.. and because he is just a bit cuckoo he couldn’t grasp the serious psychotic element of this character.. he was not only out of his mind but also sophisticated and calm in his own scary way and only a true amazing performer could grasp that. btw, i just saw the movie today and it exceeded every expectation that i had. rip heath.

Posted by Christine | Report as abusive

If Heath is not given an Oscar for the most accurate portrayal of a character in American “literature” ever, it will be the biggest travesty in the history of the Academy Awards.

Posted by Tay | Report as abusive

Reading some of the other posts here makes me cringe. Yes I would be thinking he deserves an Oscar if he was still alive. As a huge comic book fan, I can tell you that this is by far a much better portrayal of the joker than Ceasar Romero (come on, campy Batman?) and even Jack Nicholson. Jack’s performance was good, but he played a laughing madman. No, “madman” is not a hard role to pull off, however, NAILING the role of The Joker is different. This is not a generic madman or some proprietary villain of some random movie… this is an established, well known character being played far better than anyone has ever done. And how could anyone go into the Dark Knight thinking it would suck. Did you SEE Batman Begins?

Posted by Tay | Report as abusive

Just saw the movie and I have to say. It’s the best Batman so far. And Heath, wow, he made that movie his own. I am not saying this because he has passed away, but seriously, you become engulfed by his talent. They could have made a movie all about the Joker himself. Awesome movie great actor.

Posted by Joyci | Report as abusive

well I am a Batman fan and I just came from seeing the movie , best movie !!!!! !
and for who ever is beign so freaking negative if Heath gets nominated just because he was a great actor he prove it to us in his last movie he made . What a whole bunch of punks grow up give the man a chance he deserve it more than any lame actors that do not know how to act . And with all do respect R.I.P. Heath and God Bless. You deserve that Oscar

Posted by batgirl v | Report as abusive

I saw The Drk Night today, and I personally think Heath is an amazing actor and should be awarded an oscar. Just becuase he did something wrong doesn’t mean he shouldn’t get recognized for what he did right. Memorial Oscar is in order.

Posted by Kevin | Report as abusive

Batman the Darknight is going in my top 10 favorite Movies of all time it was amazing from start to finish. It was so good im going to watch it again tomorrow just to make sure I saw what I saw seriously. I will recommend this movie to any one who hasn’t seen it. Heath Ledger is simply amazing RIP. And that’s all I have to say about that. If you don’t like the movie then something is wrong with you maybe you should go see High School Musical or something. Ya dig……………………yeah.

Posted by Matt Willis | Report as abusive

My husband and I saw Dark Knight tonight. I am not necessarily a Batman fan, and I didn’t even know who played The Joker (or who Heath Ledger was) until I got home and looked it up on the net because I thought he had done such a fantastic job and deserved an award. So, as an objective viewer with no preconceptions about the movie or the actor, I say he deserves it. A good job is a good job is a good job.

Posted by Marj | Report as abusive

I just got back from The Dark Knight and I was blown away. This is definitely in my top 10 of all time. Even if Heath did not die he stole the show regardless. The writing of the film and excellent acting provide a definite Oscar for more then just Ledgers Joker but for Best Picture.

Posted by Fricken Jose | Report as abusive

Dusty, the death of Heath Ledger and how that influenced his performance as “the Joker” is very debatable. I, like other fans of Ledger, have been waiting eagerly to watch “the Dark Knight” to see how he portrayed the demented clown. Those who know somewhat of the Batman series, especially in the comics, understand how the Joker charms the audience with his lunacy, chaotic, ruthless, yet witty behavior. Even though I watched Ledger’s acting tonight knowing of his death, his performance was brilliant. I am glad knowing that Ledger understood the Joker’s personality and his role in Gotham City and towards Batman. I give kudos not only to Heath Ledger, but to Christopher Nolan and the rest of the crew to captivate the darkness and the creepiness that does not make this “just not another Batman movie,” but how the Batman movies should be done. Beat that.

Posted by Dan | Report as abusive

And another thing, he does deserve that award.

Posted by Dan | Report as abusive

he shudnt just get an oscar he shud get the best award an actor can get! he was absolutly amazing! he was so convincing and was just absolutly brilliant!!! and i seriously cant believe that hes no longer with us, he was just the best actor in evry movie he playde and it was so sad watching the batman movie :’(
but hats off to heath! truly amazing

Posted by chantel | Report as abusive

Ok bottome line if i cant see an actor through a chracter then hes done his job /bow to heath for bringing me back to the movies

Posted by Zaubernat | Report as abusive

Gday guys, Now i thought i would have my say. Im an aussie and that may make me a little biased but i have just seen The Dark knight and i am amazed. Heath’s performance was brilliant. I am a psychiatric nurse by profession and i treat psychotic and psychopathic people on a daily basis. Health’s protrail of a mentally unstable psychopathic villain is faultless. Im proud that he was australian and i think it would be ridiculous if he didnt get an Oscar for his performance.

Posted by Matt | Report as abusive

The Dark Knight is probably the best movie I have ever seen. Forgetting Ledger’s performance, which was truly fantastic and gripping, The story was raw and powerful. The actors were all great and the artistic direction was nearly perfect. This movie should win Movie of the Year and Heath Ledger should get an Oscar. I though that he was getting attention just for dying but I feel so stupid for thinking that. Heath’s performance is unforgettable.


I just saw The Dark Knight, and it is not just another Batman movie. This is a big deal. I felt wild and emotional afterwards. I felt really good and really sad. As I was walking out of the theater I knew that everyone else was excited as well. It is my opinion that Ledger is worthy of an Oscar or just a really big award. Also I think that whoever wrote the film deserves an oscar. Scratch that, everyone involved deserves an Oscar.

Posted by m crossley | Report as abusive

Heath Ledger’s performance was pure awesomeness

Posted by Eug | Report as abusive

heath ledger is a god…batman dark knight is single handedly the greatest movie ever and heath ledger gave the most chilling sadistic mega brilliant performance of all-time…bow down to the new joker “jake nicholson”


Also, all you newly professed Ledger fans who are calling this his final show – IT’S NOT!

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus is due out in 2009.

Posted by samuel | Report as abusive

I think if dusty actually saw the movie before he commented on it, he would be singing a different tune. Im not a ledger fan, Im not even a batman fan. I didnt even see the first one. But I can appreciate a good performance and when I see one. Ledger’s joker was amazing and it made the movie

Posted by dan | Report as abusive

OK, I’ll admit not being a Batman movie fan. In fact, I didn’t even know Ledger was the Joker. (I guessed it was Jim Carrey.) I said whoever that is deserves the Oscar. It made the movie, no question.

Posted by Steve | Report as abusive

I have just seen the Dark Knight. Ledger was brilliant. He brought the Joker to life in all of his darkness. This film is easily the best of the summer. Do not wait to see it. I can’t wait until its in blue ray and dvd. Finally the Dark Knight I remember. My gratitude to the producers, director, actors and artists who made this film. You have made a classic that will indure forever.


Posted by Keith G Saunders | Report as abusive

I just have to comment again. This film is brilliant. It is the real Batman. Not that joke that we have been forced to see time and again. With the release of Batman Begins and now the Dark Knight people who have never read batman finally get to see the real Dark Knight. Batman and all of his villians are twisted psychotic individuals who are wrestling for the soul of a city. This is the Batman I remember from my youth. This is the real Dark Knight. Heath Ledger rest in peace with the knowledge you have set the bar so high I don’t think anyone can play the Joker after you. It’s a shame that we will only have this one performance from him. But know this no one will ever follow him or out perform him in this role.

Posted by Keith G Saunders | Report as abusive

I can’t believe that Heath’s death is even a topic of debate for this film and his role in it. It has nothing to do with the perfect performance he gave. For people who have seen the movie, you know that it was not Heath Ledger on the screen. That was the Joker. He was creepy, insane, terrifying, and funny. That is what the joker is and that’s what was on the screen. I agree with everyone who says he out-acted or stole the show. He totally did. Not only from the other actors, he has even stolen NIcholson’s fire. Sitting in the theater you could not wait until the Joker came back on. As far as an Oscar goes, he is the winner in my mind, hands-down. Not only did Ledger completely become the character, it is perhaps the most entertaining and thrilling performance I’ve ever seen. Whenever they announce the oscar winner it’s usually totally expected because the Academy has their lame standards. It’s always a boring dramatic movie, with a very subtle performance. Should’nt the most entertaining movie of the year be the best one? Is it not the entertainment industry? The movie itself (TDK) should at least get nominated for Best Picture and Best Screenplay in addition to Heath’s award.

Posted by Ken | Report as abusive



I like the old Batman movies(Comic Book)but “The Dark Knight” is more realistic and Ledger performance stold the show, he is down right disturbing, funny and very demonic! He really plays with the human psyche like no other villian has before… Ledger will be missed, God bless him! But the role of the Joker will be hard to fill, this is an Oscar!!!!


In each of these scenes and many others throughout the movie, Ledgers carries an aura around him. Notwithstanding the dramatic tone of the entire movie, I think Heath Ledger as The Joker was unmistakeably the entertainment tonight. And for this fabulous performance he deserves an Oscar,albeit posthumously! For, Heath Ledger might not be around to have the last laugh, but at least ‘Let us put a smile on that face’.


I’m glad to see so much positive feedback. The film was superb, the acting…Superb. This will never be just another Batman movie. I also agree that the oscar means nothing. I do think he truly earned it, but we all can see what he accomplished. I will undoubtedly miss Mr. Ledger as an actor. May he be forever remembered as the Joker.

Posted by Yeast | Report as abusive

I just came from seeing Dark Knight and I definately will be adding this to my list of all time favorite movies. This was actually the first Batman movie I sat through & it was well worth my money. Heath Ledger’s performance was absolutely great. It is so unfortunate that he was not able to live long enough to see his reviews or receive his Oscar!


I just saw the dark knight yesterday. i like all the other actors they were good and all but i was blown away by heath’s perfomance. he deserves every ounce of that “best actor” Oscar

Posted by Daniel Clem | Report as abusive

I was watching THE JOKER, not heath playing the joker.

Posted by Davvi | Report as abusive

The joker (heath Ledger) in The Dark Knight was the best acting i have seen in a long time.. it was undescribable how amazing he was.. i wasnt even wathcing it for batman after his first seen.. i was wanting to see the joker the entire movie. If he does not get an oscar then perhaps they should go repo someones oscar, because we all know that he did alot better then some other questionable oscar winners..

Posted by Mason | Report as abusive

And one last thing.. The one bad thing the Joker (heath ledger) did, was do such a good job that he owned that movie period, and with his death also a sequel.. NOBODY WILL EVER OUT DO THAT PREFORMANCE and nobody has wat it takes to equal his preformance in that movie to even justify a sequel. There will never be a joker ever agian.. unless its some cartoon, and even then its risky business. And i swear if robot chicken or family guy make a joke epsiode about the dark knight or the joker i wil boycott them or something..

Posted by Mason | Report as abusive

I’m not a Ledger fan or a Batman fan. I’m a Bale fan. I saw the movie twice. The first time is I wanted to see what all the hype was about. The second time I watched it just so I could see Ledger again. I was never a fan of his. I just couldn’t bear to watch Brokeback, but heard it was great. Other roles he’s been in where all over the map in terms of his acting. With him dying, I knew he wouldn’t be able to match the hype. I WAS WRONG. He was an AMAZING Joker. His presence overshadowed all the other great actors in this film. He was so detailed with all his movements, voice inflections, mannerisms with regard to the Joker, it was awesome to watch.

Posted by Patrick | Report as abusive

i saw the movie and, although great at it, heath was still just the joker in a batman movie. nothing else. if he were alive, this notion would never exist.


Heath Ledger’s es el actor mas impactante que he visto y que ha podido sacerme de la boca un “que actor tan extraordinario”. simplemente el, el un actor con todo el sentodo del termino “actor” quien sin lugar a duda dejara marcado su historia en el cine. dejara marca. y su ultima pelicula (la pelicula, GRACIAS A EL, y a todos los demas actores, PERO EL)y su toque fantastico que hizo de psicipata perfecto es lo maximo, lloro por el simple hecho de que no podre ver obras buenas y nuevas en manos de este hombre tan extraordinario. Heath Ledger’s eres el mejor. con amor carol.

Posted by carolina | Report as abusive

Having just seen “The Dark Knight” here are my observations
… This movie was a roller coaster of entertainment.
2 hours 30 minutes of “cant take my eyes off the screen” entertainment. Bravo!!!
… The villain always have the juiciest parts, that being said, Heath Ledgers performance absolutely nailed the essence of a man wanting to “Burn it all – just to see what happens”, which is in truth the way the Joker and his insanity is meant to be played. – This batman franchise is 2 movies old and can not be compared to the previous servings. Jack Nicholson played the Joker as the old TV show required it to be played, a wise cracking, camp psychotic, who although sadistic, did not show the pure “menace” that the Ledger version did.
Comparing them side by side, this newer Joker is far more sinister, cunning and evil than the previous version.
Then again, so is the Batman. Ok franchise 2 ( Tim Burtons Batman ) had an edge, but still suffered from the very camp image that the TV show of the 60′s/70′s left on it. Franchise 3. Is Dark, menacing and very very Gothic. as Gotham City should be. Batman is darker, as he should be and the Ledger portrayal of the Joker rates with the all time baddies ( such as Anthony Hopkins in Silence of the Lambs ).
Worthy of an Oscar, who can say ( They are a rule unto themselves ), worthy of all other “Best Supporting Actor” awards, most definitely.
My advice – go see the movie with an open mind, enjoy the shocks, the violence and the twists. Then judge for yourselves. I did, and I am saddened we wont get a reprise of this role ever because of his foolish death.

Posted by Mark | Report as abusive

We just returned from seeing the movie and I must say this is the best movie I think I’ve ever seen in my lifetime. Heath Ledgers performance as the joker was perfect in every way. Just a phenominal job… can’t really say much more. We’ll be buying the dvd.

Posted by KarenfromIrving | Report as abusive

I saw this movie the day after it came out, which was three days ago, and I still cannot get Heath Ledger’s performance out of my mind! It was a chilling, haunting story. He brought a depth to the character, he made me feel almost sorry for him when other characters called him crazy after the Joker had made the pencil ‘dissappear’. I dare you to find another actor that could make you feel sorry for the villian.

Posted by Katelyn | Report as abusive

i seen this movie yesterday.i really didn’t know he died but when they told me i was shocked.he played really great or fantastic.he made the jocker look creppy and a villian.i even thought he was kinda cute.loved the way he like liked his tounge.well i defentaly think he deserves a oscar no matter what.and if he doesn’t he will still be a legend to heath ledger.


Damn right he does. He did the best job I’ve ever seen on film playing a vilian. I was totally down after the movie. Not because it was bad, but because I wont ever see him play the joker role again. No one will ever do as good a job as Heath did. The best ever. Jack could only wish he did half the job as heath.

Posted by christopher long | Report as abusive

give heath andrew ledger an oscar, SOMEONE
he deserves it.

dusty :@

heath has always been an AMAZING actor, with films like
-10 things
-brothers grimm

theres been loads
aswell as the fact he was on a soap aswell.
i think if people think hes just getting this attention because he is dead, they should think again its completly wrong he was and alwyas will be one of the greatest actors alive no matter what, and you just need to watch the dark knight to realise this

r.i.p. heathcliff

Posted by Polly | Report as abusive

I dont Care what Other people think about you
you are the hero of the film
it doesnt matter whthr you are going to win the oscars or not
but you aleady won millins of hearts

Posted by Kanta rao | Report as abusive

Its really idiotic if ledger does not get an oscar. Of all the films released so far….LEdger topps all the acts

Posted by Akshay | Report as abusive

Gary Oldman is a truly great character actor. He spoke of the performance by Heath Ledger in very specific terms. He did not say Heath did a great job as the joker. He stated that he believes we have probably witnessed The Greatest Villain the screen has ever and will ever see. I watch the performance and remain in a trance like state, so affected and totally captivated by the extreme depth of the performance. The performance will truly live forever as not just a villain of superhero proportions, but as one of THE Greatest screen performances of all time. I only hope Hollywood has the guts to do the right thing and look beyond its petty political BS, and recognize what is so obvious to the rest of us. Blown away!!

Posted by Tom Stathopulos | Report as abusive

I completely agree with Tom Stathopulos.

I approached the film openly, keeping in mind that because of Heath Ledger’s death, his performance may have been overrated.

However, watching the film, I was stunned with his brilliance.

He owned the movie, and I was really taken back by just how chilling his portrayal of the character was.

Bloody good job.

The film was also excellent.

Posted by SA | Report as abusive

although i also believe ledger\’s overating debate is totally unrespectful and harmful to my heart, i can not change others\’ mind. to me, it\’s the best movie, ledger is the best actor, forever.

Posted by calix | Report as abusive

I have to say I was very disappointed that they didn’t even put Heath in the Tribute to all the people we lost. I kept looking for him and he never came up. Very sad.

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