While Slumdog Millionaire took home the Golden Globe for “Best Motion Picture – Drama” against The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Frost/Nixon, The Reader, and Revolutionary Road, one serious contender was snubbed, left off the list. Why did The Dark Knight not receive a nomination?
Perhaps the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) thought that “Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role” nominee (and winner) Heath Ledger solely made the picture what it was. Or maybe the 84 HFPA active members believe that any film with a comic-book superhero as its protagonist cannot be taken seriously as award-worthy drama.
Regardless, The Dark Knight has every reason to not only garner a “Best Picture” nomination, but also win the category at the Academy Awards next month. The production is as big a sequel as The Godfather Part II and The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (both Best Picture winners). In addition, it’s a year-defining and perhaps decade-defining motion picture.
Additionally, considering that it is ranked number two in all-time U.S. box office sales (behind another Best Picture winner in Titanic) and could potentially reach number one with a re-release, voters should see the signs and at least place The Dark Knight in the top five of 2008. Not that box office numbers have ever packed enough punch to dictate the Oscars, but The Dark Knight’s financial success ($531 million to date) makes it obvious that the picture’s word-of-mouth was extraordinary and that viewers who enjoyed it extensively rewarded it with multiple viewings.
Think about it: The Dark Knight = Best Picture. Why not? Check the official Oscar website on January 22 (after 5:30am) to see if The Dark Knight is in the running — maybe alongside the likes of The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Doubt, Frost/Nixon, Revolutionary Road, Slumdog Millionaire, or even WALL•E.