Heath Ledger’s ‘Dark Knight’ Golden Globe came with too high of a price

Some post-Golden Globes thoughts:

Does anyone truly believe Heath Ledger would have won a Globe for playing the Joker in The Dark Knight had he not died tragically? For my own answer, please consult Brian De Palma’s film Phantom of the Paradise and its opening song, Goodbye, Eddie, Goodbye.

My own pick for the award would have been Robert Downey Jr. for “playing a dude playing a dude disguised as another dude” in Tropic Thunder, a far more entertaining experience than the agonies and miseries of  The Dark Knight. But what was up with Downey’s dazed and disheveled look Sunday night? I thought he was back on the wagon.

And why was it that poor Katie Holmes couldn’t attend the party? As I understand it, she was in L.A. at the time. Could it be that her alleged husband (has anyone ever seen a marriage license?) wanted to hog all the spotlight for himself whenever cameras went his way? Just wondering.

Note to the Hollywood Foreign Press: You did a good job of breaking Kate Winslet’s dry spell — too good. One Globe would have sufficed. Two was overkill. Share the wealth (if you want to call it that).

And note to self about such “wealth”: Whenever actors go uncontrollably ga-ga over an award, as Kate did, feel sorry for them, because pity is better than contempt. It truly is sad to see a grown woman who knows damn well she’s a fine actress treat the plurality decision of a small group of journalists and hacks like it saved her life. Hey, Kate, I love your work, too. But get a grip.

All of which reminds me of an interview I once did with Campbell Scott, whose father, George C. Scott, once famously snubbed the Oscar awarded him for Patton. When I mentioned a festival award which Campbell’s small film at the time had received, and how that might help its art-house run, he replied, straight-faced, “Yes, and as you know, Bruce, it is all about the awards.”

Unrelated note: What it’s really all about is happiness, or even better, hilarity. With that in mind, check out Rhino’s new release of the six-hour PBS documentary Make ‘Em Laugh, an exhaustive look at comedy and its place in America. Comedy may not get the respect of heavy, depressing dramas which win awards for ceaselessly reminding us of the same glum truths, but where else will you find Richard Pryor, Woody Allen, Charlie Chaplin and Jon Stewart in the same place? Now that’s entertainment. Enjoy.

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One Response to “Heath Ledger’s ‘Dark Knight’ Golden Globe came with too high of a price”

  1. Ledger Oscar nominated, but commercial flicks ditched for artsy hooey « Tripping the Light Says:

    […] Downey Jr.’s supporting actor nod for Tropic Thunder. He won’t win — in true Phantom of the Paradise mode, Ledger’s a lock — but Downey was as good as anyone on screen last year, as a dude […]

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