Caine: “Heath might win an Oscar”

Posted by · 11:29 am · June 22nd, 2008

From People magazine, an excerpt from an interview with Michael Caine concerning “The Dark Knight”:

Caine, contemplating his co-star’s loss, goes so far as to predict Ledger might win an Oscar from beyond the grave for his role as The Joker in The Dark Knight. “He was just so scary. Everyone was worried beforehand, because we knew he was going to be compared with Jack Nicholson’s brilliant Joker in the 1989 Batman. He surprised the life out of us all.”

Not surprising coming from a connected source and all, though truth be told, all of the awards talk for Ledger really began to heat up nearly seven months ago when Caine began singing the highest praises for the performance.

Also worth noting: An individual who saw the film a week ago didn’t hesitate on these matters when she said, quite confidently, “He’ll when an Oscar.”  Take it with a grain of salt, but just that such comments are making the rounds…

Oooooh, boy.




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  • 1 6-22-2008 at 12:01 pm

    Cinexcellence said...

    That would be awesome, indeed.

  • 2 6-22-2008 at 12:01 pm

    Cinexcellence said...

    If it happens, you need Jack to present the award.

  • 3 6-22-2008 at 12:34 pm

    Mr. Gittes said...

    Just looking at the charts, I believe Downey Jr. is the only threat to Ledger for the Oscar. By the end of December, Downey Jr’s impressive year — IronMan, scene-stealing Tropic Thunder, and The Soloist — will make the Academy feel pressured to reward Downey, and The Soloist has Oscar bait written all over it.

    Of course, we are a long way out, but I hope, hope, hope, that Mr. Ledger isn’t the only one from The Dark Knight that’s considered for Oscars…and I’m not just talkin’ about tech categories either. Will it be that good?

    Just got my IMAX Dark Knight tickets.

  • 4 6-22-2008 at 3:38 pm

    Guy Lodge said...

    I’d love to see the man at least nominated, though I fear a win might be a bit too cool for the Academy, sentimental vote or not.

    In his favour, there don’t seem to be many other obvious frontrunners in the Supporting Actor field so far. I’m keeping an eye on Michael Shannon in “Revolutionary Road,” however: exciting young actor, prestige picture, ideally cast in a small but potentially out-the-park role.

  • 5 6-23-2008 at 12:11 am

    Brian Kinsley said...

    Downey Jr. is a huge threat for the win. I think Pitt for Burn After Reading has a darkhorse shot too.

    But I think, more or less, we’ll know if Ledger will win the thing as soon as Dark Knight opens.

  • 6 6-23-2008 at 12:15 am

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    No one’s getting a nod from Burn. Let alone a win. My opinion, anyway.

  • 7 6-23-2008 at 4:37 am

    Harry said...

    If Heath wins, it will because of his role in Brokeback Mountain.

  • 8 6-23-2008 at 8:07 am

    Ivan Hernandez said...

    Kodi Smit-McPhee could be the stronger contender in the supporting race. I think “The Road” will be huge! and this duo (with Mortensen)looks memorable.

  • 9 6-23-2008 at 10:51 am

    Xavi Rodriguez said...

    My predictions for Best Supporting Actor:

    1. Heath Ledger, “The Dark Knight” (Since I saw the trailer in November 07 I considerate him like an Oscar Contender)
    2. Koby Smit-McPhee, “The Road” (Both actors are aussies. Plus: These supporting categories are nice for children actors)
    3. Liev Schreiber, “Defiance” (Zwick has good luck in this category. Beside he’s a talented overdue actor)
    4. Robert Downey Jr. “The Soloist” (I don’t trust in the proyect but he’s the man of the year)
    5. Josh Brolin, “Milk” / Jason Butler Henry, “The Exchange” (According to the strongest film)

    A nomination is sure, but the win, well we need to watch the others contenders but Heath was a fantastic and promising actor with a iconic role.

  • 10 4-24-2009 at 11:03 am

    Robert Hamer said...

    “I’d love to see the man at least nominated, though I fear a win might be a bit too cool for the Academy, sentimental vote or not.”

    What a difference eight months makes.