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Posted at 5:50 PM ET, 01/21/2009

Will Batman Capture His Oscar Nod?

By Michael Cavna

Comic Riffs launched last summer with our sights excitedly set on one particular movie release: "The Dark Knight." And in the inaugural 'Riffs poll, more than 5,000 of you predicted (most of you correctly) what "Dark Knight's" opening-weekend box office would be.

Now comes the awards season's moment of truth: Will the Academy Awards honor the Christopher Nolan film and, in particular, the late, great Heath Ledger with nominations Thursday morning? Michael Cavna and 'Riffs contributor David Betancourt have been kicking around the question (David swears Heath will win). Prior to the announcement, what say you?

By Michael Cavna  | January 21, 2009; 5:50 PM ET
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I actually will be surprised if "Dark Knight" gets nominated for anything. For several years, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has nominated and given awards that they themselves or elite critics call "masterpieces". They don't give awards to movies that real people actually go to see. Every year, writers and the Academy wonder why fewer people watch the Academy Awards program. It is because real people aren't interested in seeing awards for movies they didn't want to see when they were released.

Posted by: MAholainVA | January 21, 2009 7:02 PM | Report abuse

Dark Knight was a very good movie but I don't think that is better than Slumdog Millionaire.
Ledger's portrayal of the Joker is iconic and simply put, perfect. He should get the Oscar.

Posted by: txliberal | January 21, 2009 8:28 PM | Report abuse

Who cares about the preferences of a bunch of self-congratulatory Hollywood morons ? Does it really matter to you who wins, and if so, could you get therapy immediately ?

Posted by: dan1138 | January 21, 2009 8:52 PM | Report abuse

The Dark Knight was a mediocre movie. If Ledger didn’t die, it wouldn’t be getting all of the accolades.

Posted by: dmk196 | January 21, 2009 9:32 PM | Report abuse

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