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Heath Ledger & The Dark Knight Get Oscar Nominations

The Dark Knight gets 8 Oscar nominations.

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After Heath Ledger was awarded a Golden Globe for his portrayal of the Joker, we all figured he had a chance at getting an Oscar nomination for Best Actor.  That's exactly what happened.  The other nominees in the category are Robert Downey Jr for "Tropic Thunder," Josh Brolin for "Milk," Philip Seymour Hoffman for "Doubt" and Michael Shannon for "Revolutionary Road."  It'll be interesting to see what happens.

Including Ledger's nomination, "The Dark Knight" has a total of 8 nominations including Cinematography, Art Direction, Fim Editing, Visual Effects (going up against "Iron Man"), Makeup (going up against "Hellboy II: The Golden Army"), Sound Editing (against "Iron Man" and "Wanted") and Sound Mixing (against "Wanted").

Looks like it's a good year for comic book movies.  Let's hope the most deserving movies and actors win.

For a full listing of nominees, you can go HERE.

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inferiorego

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Maybe it's just me, but this seems like a real lame year for films. Nothing nominated has been incredible stunning in any way. Two years ago was a good example of great films when we had Children of Men and Pan's Labyrinth neck in neck at every category. Quite a few of the films nominated shouldn't be, flat out.

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mint movie, has a comic book film ever won an Oscar?

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Was tropic thunder really that good of a movie?  All I know was that Iron man was superb...

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I think its Awesome... Usually Comic Book based films dont get much love at The Oscars... but today is a new day  !  And I thought The Dark Knight was an awesome film so it deserves it...
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This was kind of a lackluster year in movies.  I've read people saying The Dark Knight got snubbed since it didn't get nominated for best picture of best director.  I'd be really surprised at the day something like that happens.  It seems the "academy" is kind of snobby.  But at least we seem to be making some headway. 

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Tropic thunder? really? that movie was sh!t

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Nighthunter said:
"Tropic thunder? really? that movie was sh!t"
The movie was okay (only a few places really made me laugh), but RDJ's acting was awesome.

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Forget the Oscars. the peoples' choice is where it's at. there, what should get the award, gets the award.

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I say it got snubbed for best picture. Its the most successful movie since Titanic and they gave that movie a dozen awards and frankly, unless i'm on my period I can't stand Titanic. Aside from that Dark Knight is the best action movie since...ever, in a genre thats been done in every conceivable way, it broke new ground, it sets the bar for every action movie made after it. There's a reason it made all that money, because it was a damn good movie.

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Shatterstar said:
"I say it got snubbed for best picture. Its the most successful movie since Titanic and they gave that movie a dozen awards and frankly, unless i'm on my period I can't stand Titanic. Aside from that Dark Knight is the best action movie since...ever, in a genre thats been done in every conceivable way, it broke new ground, it sets the bar for every action movie made after it. There's a reason it made all that money, because it was a damn good movie."
You Said It Buddy...
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Shatterstar said:
"I say it got snubbed for best picture. Its the most successful movie since Titanic and they gave that movie a dozen awards and frankly, unless i'm on my period I can't stand Titanic. Aside from that Dark Knight is the best action movie since...ever, in a genre thats been done in every conceivable way, it broke new ground, it sets the bar for every action movie made after it. There's a reason it made all that money, because it was a damn good movie."
Best action movie ever? I agree that it's a great movie and that it deserves to be in Best Picture running, but honestly, I don't agree with best action movie ever. It didn't really feel like an action movie.....more like a crime movie almost.

It kinda feels a little overrated. Damn good, but overrated.

(Totally agree on Titanic though, I can't stand that movie)
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If you don't agree then what is the best? Why split hairs? If its overrated then rate something higher, don't just call it overrated. What are we talking about here? Terminator 2? Anything directed by that godsend to cinema Michael Bay? Delta Force 2: The Columbian Connection?

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Shatterstar said:
"I say it got snubbed for best picture. Its the most successful movie since Titanic and they gave that movie a dozen awards and frankly, unless i'm on my period I can't stand Titanic. Aside from that Dark Knight is the best action movie since...ever, in a genre thats been done in every conceivable way, it broke new ground, it sets the bar for every action movie made after it. There's a reason it made all that money, because it was a damn good movie."
Look at it this way. The Academy is full of stingy old men, who got there by making movies that appealed to the stingy old men who were there before them. They could never allow a comic book movie to win an award, let alone even be nominated. Just someone suggesting it made an old man with a monocle faint and spill his glass of port....

Nolan was also robbed for best director, in my opinion.
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Best Action Film Ever: Death Race 2000

I dare you to say otherwise.

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Shatterstar said:
"I say it got snubbed for best picture. Its the most successful movie since Titanic and they gave that movie a dozen awards and frankly, unless i'm on my period I can't stand Titanic. Aside from that Dark Knight is the best action movie since...ever, in a genre thats been done in every conceivable way, it broke new ground, it sets the bar for every action movie made after it. There's a reason it made all that money, because it was a damn good movie."

I really agree here.

I am of the opinion that these people are completely out of loop with modern culture.  They snub comic book movies purely because they are based off comic books, regardless of how good a movie is.
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Shatterstar said:
"If you don't agree then what is the best? Why split hairs? If its overrated then rate something higher, don't just call it overrated. What are we talking about here? Terminator 2? Anything directed by that godsend to cinema Michael Bay? Delta Force 2: The Columbian Connection?

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Michael Bay is hideous :I

In my opinion, Terminator 2 is a better action movie than The Dark Knight. Aside from the armored car chase scene, most of TDK's action scenes really didn't do it for me. The fighting was okay, but it wasn't anything spectacular. Taking into account all of it's parts, I think it might be a better movie than Terminator 2, but I really don't consider it much of a action movie in the first place. That's just my opinion. If I was to take into account all of the movie and all of the movie I was comparing it to, I would say Casino Royale was better.

Props to the movie and Ledger for the nominations.

Paragon said:
"Nolan was also robbed for best director, in my opinion."
Agreed! It was a great change of pace for the movie to have minimal usage of CGI, which is why I think he should be nominated. Two-Face had a lot near the end, but it'sout weighed, I think. It's just so much better to watch a explosion or a chase scene without it being entirely digitized.
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I agree that Dark Knight should have at least been nominated for best picture. I hope Ledger wins Best Supporting Actor. He really deserves it. The Dark Knight was an awesome movie and I believe it's not getting enough respect in the Oscars.
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Hudson Hawk. Best Movie EVAR! (runs)