Heath Ledger won the Best Supporting Actor last night at the Academy Awards for his role as the Joker in The Dark Knight. Nerds rejoiced. But, if I might bring everybody down for a minute, there’s no way Ledger would have won if he were alive today.
I’m not saying his performance wasn’t amazing, or that he didn’t potentially deserve it. What I am saying is that the Academy voted for his tragic death, not his performance. They hate comic movies, but love weepy sentimentalism — both in films and in real life. They have long since stopped judging actual performances, despite the name of the actual awards.