Lost in the Heath shuffle, the second best supporting performance of the year

Posted by · 2:13 pm · December 5th, 2008

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  • 1 12-05-2008 at 2:17 pm

    JAB said...

    i agree with the headline, but for some reason i can’t watch the video!

  • 2 12-05-2008 at 2:17 pm

    BurmaShave said...

    It’s worth noting Gary Oldman has no Academy Award nominations, when he should have about six.

  • 3 12-05-2008 at 2:48 pm

    Speaking English said...

    Give me Brandon Walters, Brad Pitt, John Malkovich, or the three guys from “Milk” any day. I can barely even remember Oldman in “The Dark Knight” let alone why I should even consider him worthy of an OSCAR nod for it.

  • 4 12-05-2008 at 3:06 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    That’s part of the point, he inhabited the character and when called on for an emotional impact, he delivered.

    Gary Oldman doesn’t need to stand up and demand you pay attention to him in his performances. That’s why he is and has been an acting genius. And sadly, it’s why he’s typically overlooked for awards, because viewers like yourself are more interested in the embossed portrayals, regardless of how much of a piece they may or may not be with the film.

  • 5 12-05-2008 at 3:06 pm

    Mark Kratina said...

    Speaking English: your TDK envy is showing- BIG time.

  • 6 12-05-2008 at 3:19 pm

    Casey said...

    r they really gonna try pushing him for a nod? that would be great

  • 7 12-05-2008 at 3:29 pm

    Jonathan Spuij said...

    Gary Oldman was brilliant. Such an emotional character in the film. Such a delight.

  • 8 12-05-2008 at 3:45 pm

    Adam G. said...

    I would have thought you meant Aaron Eckhart, but Gary Oldman definitely is among the best of the year. Good call.

  • 9 12-05-2008 at 4:05 pm

    Andre said...

    I liked him a LOT, but I still think Aaron Eckhart’s work was the best in the film.

  • 10 12-05-2008 at 4:48 pm

    JAB said...

    honestly…my ideal best supporting actor line up is
    Josh Brolin, Milk
    Aaron Eckhart, The Dark Knight
    James Franco, Milk
    Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight *winner*
    Gary Oldman, The Dark Knight

    do I know how insanely unrealistic that is? yes.
    I can still wish though…

  • 11 12-05-2008 at 4:53 pm

    Jonathan Spuij said...

    Heh, and I wouldn’t even have much time to disagree with you JAB :D.

  • 12 12-05-2008 at 5:21 pm

    N8 said...

    Oldman really is the unsung hero in TDK. He is this year’s Tommy Lee Jones to Heath Ledger’s Javier Bardem.

  • 13 12-05-2008 at 9:25 pm

    Zan said...

    Is this a serious post? Oldman, like Franco in “Milk”, is completely forgettable. Oh, oh, but no, I must have missed Oldman’s subtle genius and all the intricacies of Franco.

    Ideal so far:
    Ledger- TDK
    Hirsch- Milk
    Sleiman- The Visitor
    Patel- Slumdog
    Crowe- Body of Lies

  • 14 12-05-2008 at 9:54 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    You missed it on Goldman for sure, Zan. I wasn’t particularly moved by Franco, though.

  • 15 12-06-2008 at 6:35 am

    Zan said...

    I think it’s in large part due to what I’ve seen Oldman can do in “Leon” and “True Romance” that I just don’t see what’s so special about Gordon. In fact, I think just about anyone with decent chops could’ve played him. It’s a tragedy, though, that he’s never been nominated.

  • 16 12-06-2008 at 6:36 am

    Joel said...

    Ledger aside, I think Eckhart’s work was ultimately better than Oldman’s, but that doesn’t really mean anything. Oldman was stunning, as he always is (he gave the best performance in “Batman Begins,” after all). But I got more out of Eckhart’s tragic outcome, thus his was my favorite performance in the film.

  • 17 12-06-2008 at 11:26 am

    Scott Mendelson said...

    As I wrote when I first saw the film, Gary Oldman’s Jim Gordon was for me one of the highlights of the film (he basically made decency look almost exciting). While Ledger certainly deserves acclaim, it is a shame that the subtle, quieter work of Gary Oldman will go unnoticed. He was the best thing about Batman Begins and he was arguably my favorite character in this sequel as well.

    How odd that, between Harry Potter and Batman, Gary Oldman has come to represent heroism and harrowed virtue after a lifetime of playing doomed historical characters and villains.

    Slightly off topic, I wrote a bit a while back detailing the obscene number of times that Oldman has died onscreen. It’s something I noticed about a decade ago and the pattern keeps holding steady. So when Gordon went down in the second act, my wife and I were the only ones at the preview screening who started (quietly) laughing .

  • 18 12-06-2008 at 2:07 pm

    JAB said...

    I could realistically see 2 nods in this category for Milk or Dark Knight. Not both though, unfortunately.

  • 19 12-07-2008 at 9:06 am

    Scott Mendelson said...

    “He is this year’s Tommy Lee Jones to Heath Ledger’s Javier Bardem.”

    I’m assuming your referring to awards related politics (and Jones and Oldman are both so good so often that its taken for granted), but that also almost perfectly sums up the characters too. It’ll be interesting if Bardem and Ledger win Best Supporting Actor in a row for basically playing somewhat similar characters with very similar concepts (ie – relentless force of pure chaos that defies understanding).

  • 20 12-07-2008 at 5:35 pm

    N8 said...

    Yes Scott, I was referring to the awards season implications, and your observations of the character similarities are indeed true.

    But I wouldn’t surprise me to see Ledger win for a character somewhat similar to last year’s winner, because his approach is emensely different: Bardem played Chigurgh with a reserved tone and quietness that almost contradicted what his character stood for. Over the course of the film, his actions became predictable (and in no way is that a bad thing, for it served the story perfectly).
    Ledger, on the other hand, infuses so much energy and unpredictability into the Joker, that when you’re watching him on screen, Anton Chigurgh is one of the last comparissons that comes to mind. The similarities between the two characters only occurs as an after-thought.

  • 21 12-07-2008 at 7:09 pm

    Hugh said...

    One of my favorite actors working today is Gary Oldman. So it would bring me great joy to see Oldman get nominated for his role in TDK only to see him literally laugh hysterically at the absurdity.

    The idea that Oldman could get nominated for his role in “TDK” yet not get nominated for his luminous, transcendent performances in such films as “Immortal Beloved”, “Leon”, “The Professional”, and “State of Grace” (to name but a few) would be an absurdity not lost on the already irreverent artist like Mr. Oldman.

    I imagine he’d either roll his eyes or roll on the floor laughing at Hollywood and the often nonsensical awards season.