Sunday's much-deserved posthumous Oscar for Heath Ledger's portrayal of The Joker in "The Dark Knight" was arguably one of the event's biggest victories for fans of comic book movies, but Ledger's performance wasn't the only recognition the Academy gave to "The Dark Knight" and other comic book movies at this year's ceremony. All told, however, the wins came few and far between for films based on comics.
Along with Ledger's "Best Actor in a Supporting Role" win, "The Dark Knight" also took home Oscar Gold in the "Sound Editing" category. The second most successful film of all time, "The Dark Knight" received nominations in six other categories, several of which also included nominations for "Hellboy II: The Golden Army," "Wanted" and "Iron Man." Here's a roundup of how the nominations and wins broke down for comic book movies at the 2009 Academy Awards:
1. "Best Art Direction" -- "The Dark Knight" was nominated, but lost to "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button."
2. "Best Makeup" -- "The Dark Knight" and "Hellboy II" were nominated, but lost to "Benjamin Button."
3. "Best Cinematography" -- "The Dark Knight" lost to "Slumdog Millionaire."
4. "Best Actor in a Supporting Role" -- Heath Ledger won for his portrayal of The Joker in "The Dark Knight."
5. "Best Visual Effects" -- "Both "Iron Man" and "The Dark Knight" were nominated, but lost to "Benjamin Button."
6. "Best Sound Editing" -- "The Dark Knight," "Iron Man" and "Wanted" were nominated, and "Dark Knight" won the award.
7. "Best Sound Mixing" -- "The Dark Knight" and "Wanted" were nominated, but lost to "Slumdog Millionaire."
8. "Best Film Editing" -- "The Dark Knight" was nominated, but lost to "Slumdog Millionaire."
While Ledger's much-deserved win goes a long way toward proving that a movie based on a comic book property can be viewed as legitimate cinema, we can only hope that the sheer number of nominations for comics (despite the lack of wins) helps pave the way for a new era in which the films based on the characters and stories we hold near and dear to their hearts are regarded with the respect and admiration we know they deserve.
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