Heath Ledger’s family proud of Golden Globe nod

Heath Ledger has earned a Best Supporting Actor nomination for his work as the Joker in The Dark Knight. The nominations were announced early Thursday morning. Tom Cruise and Robert Downey Jr. were also nominated in the same category for Tropic Thunder, while Philip Seymour Hoffman was nominated for Doubt and Ralph Fiennes for The Duchess.  Heath’s father, Kim Ledger, said in a statement to people.com: “We thank the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for honoring Heath’s performance in The Dark Knight. This nomination is deeply appreciated and is not lost on those of us who continue to love and miss him. We are so proud our boy’s work is being recognized in this way.”

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  1. Jo-Anne. • December 12, 2008 @ 12:09 PM

    Well spoken, Kim.

    Loved Heath as the Joker, Fiennes in The Duchess, can’t wait to see Hoffman as I usually enjoy his roles, Cruise and Downey did a good job in the movie, but I absolutely hated T.Thunder, didn’t even finish watching it.

  2. Sometimes.... • December 12, 2008 @ 3:46 PM

    …even with how political Hollywood and it’s “Awards” ceremonies have become, it can be a good thing. There’s no way Heath Ledger WON’T get the award. It’s too bad that he dead, in a role that would’ve sparked his career, like Iron Man did for Robert Downey Jr., we can only imagine the kinds of movies that would’ve been offered to him.

  3. Scotty M • December 12, 2008 @ 5:12 PM

    God rest you Heath, and here’s hoping you also get the Oscar.

    Is there anyone who would say he wouldn’t deserve it? Not just for the solemn fact of his tragic death, but quite simply for his spectacular performance as The Joker?

    Nobody put as much of themselves into a role like Heath did, period.

  4. Nancy • December 12, 2008 @ 7:07 PM

    No one? Jack Nicholson played a better Joker, by far!!!

  5. Anonymous • December 12, 2008 @ 7:11 PM

    um i don’t think that he desverves it just because he died and i think that there where alot better supporting performances thats just my opion

  6. Sally • December 12, 2008 @ 8:32 PM

    I haven’t seen the movie because of the Joker’s “makeup”. The theatre where it was showing was giving away free movie passes to it; if you go see it and if you didn’t like it you would get another free movie pass, for another show. I was tempted. Because I Really wanted to see it because the 1st one with Chritian Bale was Really Good. Then I saw Mr. Ledgers “makeup”. I’ve seen every single Batman movie ever since they came out. His “makeup” just Wasn’t appropriate and it looked too gross.

  7. Jo-Anne. • December 12, 2008 @ 8:48 PM

    Sally, the makeup was intentional, highly appropriate to showcase The Joker as the sick, twisted, psychopath he portrayed. It added greatly to his overall grotesque deviant appearance in its messy, unkept state and contributed amazingly to the creepiness of the villain. That was the whole point.

  8. Mr.Karloff • December 12, 2008 @ 8:48 PM

    It was a truly haunting performance,a joker for the ages(post 9/11) in spite of real life tragic events.I think he and the film are more than worthy of any accolades bestowed upon it.I felt the same way about last year’s oscar winner No country for old men.

  9. Jo-Anne. • December 12, 2008 @ 8:50 PM

    just saw above post, Mr. K, you must have been posting same time as me….again, loved No country and was rooting for it all the way (especially as it was up against the lame Atonement)

    and yes, Heath and company way more than worthy…

  10. Anonymous • December 13, 2008 @ 7:57 PM

    lol aint that cute, u 2 post at the same time! makes me feel all warm & fuzzy inside! gag

  11. Sean • December 13, 2008 @ 9:13 PM

    I agree with Jo-Anne as far as the make-up is concerned. It was a crucial part of the character, and the movie wouldn’t have been the same without it. You also have to realize that they are re-making the Batman movies for a reason. The previous ones were so unvelievably campy and cartoony (doubt that’s a word) that I would never waste time on them again. These new movies are based on the graphic novels, and are meant to be darker.

  12. Myles • December 14, 2008 @ 9:22 PM

    Both Jack and Heath did amazing jobs. Jack’s Joker was more of an upbeat silly character where Heath’s was a lot more disturbed. That is the way a \true\ psycho should be played. He had no regard for anyone’s life, including his own. Laughing his head off as Batman threw him off a buidling?? BRILLIANT!!! Batman beating the snot out of him in the holding room and he just laughs in his face?? FRICKIN AWESOME. Its a shame we’ll neber see that character again.

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