Having the Oscar season officially started, Warner has begun with the promotion of "The Dark Knight" for the next Oscars, for Best Picture (with producers Christopher Nolan, Charles Roven and Emma Thomas) and Best Supporting Actor for Heath Ledger.
The score of the film, which was also proposed for the Academy Awards, has already been disqualified under the problem of having "too many composers credited" -or so the Academy would like us to think- now Warner is going into action for at least securing a nomination.
I know that this whole year "The Dark Knight" has been the main subject of discussion for most, if not all, movie fans, and right now there wouldn't much of a point to start the debate once again, but there things to consider with this campaign that Warner has started. The thing about the "The Dark Knight" is that it went beyond being a great superhero based movie, it is a great movie, and just like in it's moment "Return of the King" proved that a genre does not limit the type of story you can tell, and a nomination could finally mean that this movies should taken seriously regardless the genre they belong to.
I'm trying to stay as positive as I can, but something tells me it's more likely they get the nomination for Heath Ledger than getting the movie nominated, which is not impossible, but unlikely. And even if they get both nominations, it's very unlikely they'd win. Like a previously metioned, the genre tends to affect the Academy members judgement, for no good reason, but it does. Now, I could delve into the whole Heath Ledger discussion, but as that has been argued before and as it would an entire blog for it, I'm gonna leave that for later -again-
Going back to the movie, it's -needless to say- undoubtedly a magnificent piece of filmmaking, that it could easily fit in many other categories: Scriptwritting, direction, sound, make up, costume design, and it's very likely that it will get many of those technical categories, but the real deal here is not just getting the nominations.
The academy is notorious for awarding those who fit their standards rather than those who are more deserving of it -"Shakespeare in Love", I'm looking at you- that's not to say they recognize bad movies -in theory- but that they don't dare to go beyond that. Sometimes they do -"Silence of the Lambs" anybody?- and this time could be a really good moment when they could do it again if they decide to award "The Dark Knight".
Now here comes the big but: BUT, Oscar season has just begun, is way too early to call the shots and start guessing and having geek spazzes. There's still a long round of films to be considered, and there are others who are trying to be break the mold with the nominations, let's not forget that Pixar and Disney are pushing their very own Wall-E for it.
This is just "for your consideration" right now, but you could see the implications if "The Dark Knight" gets nominated, we're gonna have a lot of stuff to discuss about the next weeks, and much more once the nominations are announced.