“What Ledger created is a character so bereft of fear and restraint that he instills both in everyone around him, including the audience.
Going far beyond what was written in the script, Ledger fleshed out The Joker with hideous physical mannerisms and quirks that belie the inner turmoil of the character. It is a rich, full-bodied, and tremendously charismatic performance.
This one is special, for the ages, and deserving of recognition”.
Academy Awards Process as detailed by Awards Daily…
- Friday, December 26, 2008: Nominations ballots mailed
- Monday, January 12, 2009: Nominations polls close 5 p.m. Pacific Time
- Thursday, January 22, 2009: Nominations announced 5:30 a.m. PT, Samuel Goldwyn Theater
Warner Bros. have so far started campaigns for Best Picture and Best Supporting Actor (Ledger, above).
source – batman on film