I'm shocked at all the ledger love in here. I think that is one of the most overhyped performances ever. Give me a break. There was almost no challenge as an actor to create depth. All he had to do was (this is the term used by my acting professors and no I didnt ever want to be an actor the classes were required) take it to the jackass zone consistently. What choices did he have to make? Oh, in this scene I think I'll be psycho. In this scene I'll really get to explore the emotional depth and conflict within my character. The role wasnt demanding, the makeup reduce the requirements for him as an actor as well. Half of acting is facial expression and when its completely obscured it makes less of a difference, see Kabuki.
For supporting I'm on the Josh Brolin train. He was superb in Milk. And for Best Actor I'm torn between Frank Langella for Frost/Nixon and Mickey Rourke for The Wrestler.
I think we'll see Frost/Nixon take most categories. When I saw it the audience was hypnotized and applauded afterwards. Its incredibly powerful. It might not be a better movie than The Wrestler but I'm calling it for Best Pic, Director, Actor and Adapted Screenplay.
i agree with you chico that the role of the psychopath and the role of the retarded man are probably some of the most overly exploited roles for oscar bait in hollywood, but still... ledger's performance in the dark knight was the most mezmerizing for me personally. if there is anyone that will snub him though itll be Josh Brolin or Philip Seymour.
golden globes come on tomorrow but those are so disconnected from the oscars these days they are almost completely irrelevant. The Producers Guild and the Directors Guild named the same exact 5 for their noms which will probably be the same 5 oscar noms for best pic and best director:
Benjamin Button dir. David Finchner The Dark Knight dir. Christopher Nolan Frost/Nixon dir. Ron Howard Milk dir. Gus Van Sant Slumdog Millionaire dir. Danny Boyle
possible upsets from Doubt, The Wrestler, or Wall-E