Ledger’s Joker Wins Best Supporting Actor, But…


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.