The Guardian dashes Ledger’s Oscar hopes

Posted by · 4:05 am · July 2nd, 2008

Not particularly new or earth-shattering perspective, but worth a link nontheless.  From a Xan Brooks item this morning in The Guardian:

History…is not on [Ledger’s] side. James Dean was twice nominated in the wake of his death and yet still finished up as a posthumous loser on the night. More recently, Oliver Reed (for Gladiator) and Ulrich Mühe (The Lives of Others) were both tipped in vain for at least a nomination. In fact, the only actor ever to be awarded a posthumous Oscar was Network’s Peter Finch. Felled by a heart attack during the voting period, he swept to glory on a tidal wave of grief.

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  • 1 7-02-2008 at 5:49 am

    drew roddy said...

    sigh…when are critics going to realize that history is a very poor predictor of oscar winners and nominees, especially as of late?

  • 2 7-02-2008 at 7:45 am

    Rafael said...

    more on:
    when people are going to get on the senses that history is there to be changed? It is not a game with full estabileshed rules!

  • 3 7-02-2008 at 9:52 am

    Jonathan Spuij said...

    But Heath’s death was something of a unique event. Plus, he’s probably one of the highlights in the film.

  • 4 7-02-2008 at 3:25 pm

    AJ said...

    And James Dean’s death wasn’t a unique event, at least his death wasn’t his own fault. I don’t think any of the oscar buzz his because of Ledger’s death but rather the performance, he was getting buzz last year before his death.

  • 5 7-02-2008 at 4:38 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    Indeed he was.

  • 6 7-02-2008 at 5:24 pm

    Brian Kinsley said...

    Was he getting buzz, or was he solely getting nerd “Battlestar for the Emmy!” buzz?

  • 7 7-02-2008 at 7:09 pm

    Victor S said...

    Ulrich Mühe wasnt even elegible for the Academy Awards, how could he be pushed for a nomination???
    The Lives of Others was nominated for foreign language film in the 79th Academy Awards, but it only open in the U.S. in 2007, but according to the Academy rules it wasnt elegible to this year Oscars.

  • 8 7-03-2008 at 12:13 am

    Jonathan Spuij said...

    The stupidity of the article deepens :D

  • 9 7-03-2008 at 1:58 am

    Guy Lodge said...

    I could be wrong, in which case don’t all pile on me at once, but wasn’t The Livers of Others only released in 2007, making it eligible in other categories this year – as happened quite frequently in the 70’s? I remember Richard Corliss bemoaning Muhe’s absence from this year’s nominees.

    Anyway, I think people are getting over-defensive about this article. Brooks isn’t saying that Ledger won’t get nominated or win, just that it would be a very unusual occurrence. Can’t argue with that.

    By the way, I fail to understand how Ledger’s death is more of a “unique event” than James Dean’s. What does that even mean?

  • 10 7-03-2008 at 2:51 am

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    I find the “only four peolpe have received a posthumous nomination” argument totally invalid. What, people give Oscar-worthy performances and kick the bucket in the same year consistently enough that the stat is worth mentioning? Kind of foolish.

  • 11 7-03-2008 at 3:30 am

    Guy Lodge said...

    Exactly, Kris. It’s rare for a reason.

    By the way, I just noticed my typo: “The Livers of Others” suggests a very different film!

  • 12 7-03-2008 at 9:44 am

    Xavi Rodriguez said...

    There’s a list of posthumous acting nominations:

    -Jeane Eagels
    -Peter Finch (WINNER)
    -James Dean (Double Nomination)
    -Massimo Troisi (he died in 1994 and received the nomination two years later)
    -Spencer Tracy