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Heath Ledger Loses to Josh Brolin for Best Supporting Actor

Posted: December 10th, 2008 by WorstPreviews.com Staff
Heath Ledger Loses to Josh Brolin for Best Supporting ActorSubmit Comment
Just yesterday, the Los Angeles Film Critics Association has awarded "Wall-E" the Best Picture of the Year award, with "The Dark Knight" taking the runner-up spot.

Now, the New York Film Critics Circle has unveiled that Gus Van Sant's "Milk" is their choice for Best Picture, one again ignoring "The Dark Knight."

The New York critics selected Mike Leigh (Happy-Go-Lucky) for the Best Director prize and Josh Brolin was honored for his performance in "Milk" with a Best Support Actor award. In other words, Josh Brolin delivered a better performance than the late Heath Ledger.

We still have to wait and see what this means for "The Dark Knight" and its chances for the Academy Awards. If you remember, the only movie that performed better than "Knight" is "Titanic" and that film went on to win eleven Oscars.

Here is the full list of the New York Film Critics Circle choices:

Film: "Milk"

Director: Mike Leigh, "Happy-Go-Lucky"

Actor: Sean Penn, "Milk"

Actress: Sally Hawkins, "Happy-Go-Lucky"

Supporting Actor: Josh Brolin, "Milk"

Supporting Actress: Penelope Cruz, "Vicky Cristina Barcelona"

Screenplay: Jenny Lumet, "Rachel Getting Married"

First Film: Courtney Hunt, "Frozen River"

Foreign Film: "4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days"

Animated Film: "WALL-E

Documentary: "Man on Wire"

Cinematographer: Anthony Dod Mantle, "Slumdog Millionaire"

Source: Variety


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meanmonkey22 writes:
on December 10th, 2008 at 7:13:33 PM

I swear to god, this sh*t is a conspiracy between all Newspapers and Magazines. They are all part of a cult and they do hardcore drugs with boos.
horrorfan005 writes:
on December 10th, 2008 at 7:28:10 PM

The Dark Night will without a doubt be nominated for several Acadamy Awards, and i would like to thank...
Metafact writes:
on December 10th, 2008 at 7:55:23 PM

All this confirms is that Josh Brolin will most likely be nominated for Best Supporting Actor over his co-stars James Franco and Emile Hirsch.
Space_Ghost11 writes:
on December 10th, 2008 at 9:10:18 PM

WTF? PEOPLE ARE f*ckING STUPID!!!
autiger10 writes:
on December 10th, 2008 at 9:11:52 PM

its all bullsh*t. no matter how many people loved and saw THE DARK KNIGHT, hollywood's biggest *ssholes will pick the movies they are PAID to support. someone (maybe us) should just go to the critics head-quarters and take a f*cking sh*t on their faces.
SpydrMonkeyakaSPF writes:
on December 10th, 2008 at 9:42:38 PM

When was Milk ever in theatres?
dhkenobi writes:
on December 10th, 2008 at 10:26:54 PM

Out of that list, WALL-E is the only one I've heard of and seen (great film, btw)
flymikei writes:
on December 10th, 2008 at 10:31:33 PM

milk the drink?
minkowski writes:
on December 11th, 2008 at 12:35:54 AM

When will people realize that Hollywood people see themselves as more sophisticated than the average joe. Dark Knight is a film for the average joe, large budget or not. they don;t give a rat's ass how much Dark Knight made in theaters. pet rocks made millions too. Dark Knight is for people with a short attention span and no taste or imagination. Offing yourself because you can't handle a simple role hardly makes you some sort of hero actor.
minkowski writes:
on December 11th, 2008 at 12:37:08 AM

"WTF? PEOPLE ARE f*ckING STUPID!!!" People are 'stupid' because they disagree with you? I bet people are born fascist.
BarnOwl writes:
on December 11th, 2008 at 2:44:36 AM

So minkowski, Hollywood is comprised mostly of sophisticates that only care about the artistic integrity of each film (Beverly Hills Chihuaha clearly had culture coming out of its ass)? Dark Knight was not a commercial but artistic achievement as well (as evidenced by the overwhelming critical praise)? Josh Brolin used his expansive imagination to emulate someone who actually existed? Heath Ledger didn't commit himself completely to a role-that had no real life counterpart-to ensure that a commercially viable film had artistic merits as well? Granted Milk was unbelievable, but I believe your troll cave is much too dark to not notice at least a glimmer of light that The Dark Knight has provided in the expansive field of "commercial" cinema.
Sinestro writes:
on December 11th, 2008 at 3:20:42 AM

Memento was one of the best reviewed movies of the year when it came out. Another Nolan film. The only movie that was reviewed better was Shreck, I believe. Another animated movie. In the end, Memento was completely ignore by everyone. With TDK one shouldn't be surprised. A Batman movie is probably too "lowbrow" for film critics. After all, they are an enlightened lot, and our better.
minkowski writes:
on December 11th, 2008 at 5:11:40 AM

Ugghhh, dark knight is totally without any humor or light. Dark knight is right, but even the graphic novels offer a little humor. Not DK. Gloom and Doom from beginning to end. Jesus. Add on the sloppy editing, the twisted convoluted and utterly cliche'd script, then there's the dull and utterly unforgettable soundtrack. And the audio is f*cked up. I have the DVD, and me and the woman had to adjust the volume SEVEN times. At one time the volume is so low you have to strain. I adjusted so I could hear and BAM! An action scene sent the speakers exploding and the neighbors running. Happened on the computer with the cam and the ripped copy. Retail is no difference. Chicago isn't gotham either. Looks nothing like it. batman's voice? WTF? i know he's supposed to disguise his voice, but come on. He sounds horrible. No one could talk that way for any length of time. No Batcave, no Wayne Manor. i know, I know, jeez, the billionaire is rebuilding them. Suuuure. Harvey Dent: laughable. he gets burned by the joker but comes after Batman? how convenient. The Joker was crap. sorry Heath but you wasted your life for nothing. Where's the evil charm, the debonair, the sauve and sickening style? The humor? Gone. All ugly psycho with green hair. And his parts weren't that great. heath was out of his depth to be honest. look at all the other much better actors. Did Hanks kill himself doing Gump? Nope. Heath was weak. And his role was easier than many others. Dk is horribly horribly overrated. You people act like you KNEW him! He didn;t know you, he wasn't his friend and now you have even ME referring to the man in the first person. Show some f*cking respect. It's MR LEDGER to the sycophant suckups. Dark Knight is weak all over. Mediocre action movie with stupid plot ideas. Gordon kills himself? Makes no damned sense. Truck scene? Impossible and a rip off. Nolan had something with BB, but he wasted it with DK.
shadaypr writes:
on December 11th, 2008 at 9:20:39 AM

There's this wrong tendency to judge movies and actors by their box office hits (DK and Titanic are far from being the greatest movies ever) or by the awards they get (Russell Crowe's Maximus role was well done but far from impressive in the acting skill. He kicked ass in A Beautiful Mind though). So I agree and disagree with Minkowski on a few things. Heath Ledger's Joker is indeed Oscar quality, but then again I wouldn't cry over DK not getting Titanic's bag of awards (Titanic didn't deserve all of'em) and I tend to disagree with the Oscars (Memento is another good example, like Sinestro said). As for the DK as overrated, well, it was indeed awesome, although Batman's distorted voice was crap (they nailed it better on BB) and I also agree with Minkowski that Dent's character twist was not well founded. It didn't make that much sense to me. It was founded, but just not well enough. Gordon's death was actually well founded. So I don't expect any best movie or director award (only more actor awards for Ledger) but with all the other great things DK has, it will always rock anyway. As for Brolin, well, I must see Milk to really comment on that. So should the rest.
PrevalentMind writes:
on December 11th, 2008 at 9:42:09 AM

They're two completely different genres...seriously Ledger may have been seminal in that film- and the man's image will probably be pasted on TShirts in 20 years as if he was Che Gueverra or Bob Marley- but for Christ sakes- the man doesnt touch the layers Brolin had to go to. One note villain or accurate portrayal from a monent in history? Watch Broin's performance... "whine whine whine- waaaaah..." STFU. Oscar, Emmy, MTV...Most of you dorks never even knew the Los Angeles Film Critics Association had awards to give. Sooks.
Johnny Neat writes:
on December 11th, 2008 at 10:14:59 AM

I call shenanigans!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! What a crock. Sorry I like Brolin and think he's underrated but Heath owned this year period. Weak.
BREALZ writes:
on December 11th, 2008 at 11:27:17 AM

BULLsh*t!!!!!
coldplayesence writes:
on December 11th, 2008 at 11:46:45 AM

So they did not even considered The Curious Case of Benjamin Button for best film??? It doesnt say they didnt but im sure is way better than Milk. What a bunch of pricks.
parabola1 writes:
on December 11th, 2008 at 12:54:22 PM

ridiculous..
MovieFanAttic writes:
on December 11th, 2008 at 1:20:38 PM

Slumdog Millionare looked like a great movie and got great reviews my The Week. I just think if Heath ledger had been still alive he would have won.
Schwasted writes:
on December 11th, 2008 at 4:04:41 PM

Slumdog Millionaire and Wall E are the only other movies besides The Dark Knight that deserve oscars at this point. Milk is decent but nothing incredible.
PrevalentMind writes:
on December 11th, 2008 at 4:09:35 PM

Milk is about characters and development. Dark Knight is amazing but how can you take character development as rushed as Harvey/Twoface seriously? the depiction of Joker is incredible- but you're kidding yourselve if you think it's not a one note performance. Deniro in Cape Fear was a better psycho anthony Perkins was a better psycho...you can see the LA Times thought process here. Or maybe you can't because you're too busy writing in you Dark Knight Limited Edition Journal.

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