Woo hoo! Pop the corks. It's time for some celebration. The Dark Knight encountered an incredible snub from this year's Oscar nods, and I for one couldn't be HAPPIER. Break out the champagne, boys. This is incredible news, news so grand that words can't quite describe it.
You fanboys pissed yet? You fired up and ready to call me a lameass dipshit fucktard? Don't. You've got me all wrong. The Dark Knight ABSOLUTELY deserved the nod, if not the win. So why am I so happy? Because this gargantuan snub, this blatant assault on pop culture driven filmmaking as opposed to more literary (and far less watched or liked) films...this always leads to one thing. Immortality. Every time a film this financially successful, this critically acclaimed and this beloved by fans (both by cinephiles and ordinary folk alike) gets ignored, it ALWAYS lends an incredible amount of street cred to the film. Had the Dark Knight won awards, it would have occasionally been referred to as overrated and eventually considered just another GREAT film. But when a rebuke like this happens to a film like TDK, the film gains immortality. It becomes Star Wars. It becomes Pulp Fiction. It becomes that film that was robbed.
And whatever film wins Best Picture will forever be known as undeserving by fans and often referred to as the clearly lesser film. That film is screwed of its place in history. Forrest Gump is a great film - but one often remembered as undeserving next to the highly influential Pulp Fiction. In fact, the only film that I can think will hold its own against TDK backlash is Slumdog Millionaire - if the academy has the balls to vote for it. Benjamin Button would be ripped apart by historical context. The Reader? Are you kidding me? Milk? Great films one an all. But not better than TDK - not to the fans. The MULTITUDES of fans. And their worldwide boxoffices don't even ADD UP TOGETHER to be a solid fraction of TDKs gross.
So fear not, dear readers. Put down the torches and pitchforks, my fanboy brethren. If it pisses you off, just don't watch. The results and highlights will be posted and written about later. The Oscar's have suffered a large drop off in viewership in recent years. They NEEDED an influx of young viewers tuning in to root for their favorite movie OF ALL TIME. But they said "Fuck that movie." So say "Fuck them," in return. They clearly don't want you Batman fans to watch. Which is the dumbest move they could have made.
And the best thing that could have happened to Nolan. He's got cred now. A tremendous amount of street cred with zero solid backlash - only quickly shouted down whiners who can barely get out the sound OVER, before the RATED gets drown out by a thousand snarling fans. You guys, the fans, you won today. You earned and will continue to earn TDK its rightful place in history. It will endure as the greatest comic book movie ever made, as the first one to do it so well it conquered all others - even if Hollywood wasn't ready to embrace it. You did.
And they will wince at their decision forever more. The academy made no friends today - only repaid favors to old ones. THAT is what will go down in history. THAT'S how the 2009 Oscars will be remembered.