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Dear Academy: Don’t Give Heath Ledger A Posthumas Award

July 20, 2008

I have nothing against Heath Ledger.

I am not really pro Heath Ledger.

But, the fact remains that the Hollywood is pushing for Heath Ledger to get an Academy Award nod for his portrayal of “The Joker” in “The Dark Knight.”

Photo Still From The Dark Knight

Photo Still From The Dark Knight

I think this is total B. S.

Heath was an actor. A simple male actor. Talented, nonetheless, but let the man be. Mourn, if you must, Hollywood, but don’t give the man an Academy Award.

Hollywood could have given two craps about Heath Ledger before his untimely death. However he died, whether it was accidental or suicide, he will unfortunately live on in infamy as one of those rare birds who didn’t even make it out of his youth.

He was battling depression, taking anti-depressants, he was taking the sleeping tablet Stilnox along with a few other prescription medications. Police said Heath Ledger’s death was caused by a possible drug overdose and appeared to be accidental.

Interestingly enough, check out this info about one of Heath’s alleged prescribed medications:

The sleeping pills Heath Ledger was reportedly taking have been embroiled in controversy in Australia, where hundreds have had bizarre and potentially dangerous reactions to the drug.

Called Ambien in the US, the tablet is marketed as Stilnox in Australia.

It hit headlines last year when a national drug hotline fielded calls from users reporting strange side-effects.

Some 500 people described odd behaviours from walking, crashing cars, having sex and falling from balconies after popping a pill.

Here’s some of the buzz surrounding this Academy Award topic:

The recent death of Heath Ledger is no different, and with the impending release of his final film, The Dark Knight, on July 18, his costars, director, and industry insiders are all suspecting Ledgers turn as the Joker in the latest Batman installment may earn him a posthumous Oscar. “Heath had this frequency none of us could hear,” says costar Gary Oldman. “The Academy tends to overlook movies like this, but this acting is so good it’s going to be very hard for them to avoid it.”

Earth to Gary Oldman…

Was the acting that good?

You’re just going to have to read my “Seriously On Film” review of “The Dark Knight”.



3 Comments leave one →
  1. blaklyon83 permalink
    July 22, 2008 3:54 am

    its july and a tad bit early for guessing who will take home the little golden men statue…so lets put aside the fact that heath ledger is deceased. consider all the movie to date this year and all the male performances….who has done better i was mesmerized by his interpretation of the joker he embodied the comic character because whether the actor portrays a icon from fiction or from reality (denzel in Malcolm X, will in ALI, or whoopi as Ms. Sealey) a excellent performance deserves to be rewarded does it not?

  2. July 22, 2008 8:23 pm

    Gotta tell ya while I agree with you dont give him an award because he died..anyone that has seen Batman has to agree he was stunning in it…i have seen some folks win an Oscar that were not half as good……The best Joker ever…hell the best supervillian ever…Zman

  3. phyllismc permalink
    July 23, 2008 7:59 pm

    They’d better give it to him. It’s not about sympathy or the fact that he passed away, but the fact that he bloody well deserves it. He deserved it for Brokeback and he deserves it for this. There were rumblings already, while he was filming that he was that good, and he proved it them all right . . .

    The studio, his co-stars, and his fans are not talking out of plain emotion or exploitation. They recognize that his performance was extraordinary, and worthy of being awarded.

    Why deny it to him, just because some people will whine that it’s out of “sympathy”? Truth is, he DOES deserve it. He SHOULD be recognized for his work.

    And btw: Don’t assume that he was depressed just because you see the medications he was on. I can tell you that there is a lot that is being presumed but that the press does not know and indeed is not their business. But Heath was not a “troubled” person. Heath was happy at the time of his passing, and feeling confident about his work and his abilities. Any other medical factors are his and his family’s private business. But the truth is not scandalous, as some would have you believe. It’s simply personal.

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