Critics Dismiss Oscar Buzz for Heath Ledger

July 17, 2008 By:
Critics Dismiss Oscar Buzz for Heath Ledger

There's a lot of buzz on the internet about Heath Ledger's role as the Joker in "The Dark Knight." Some are claiming that his performance will get him an Oscar nomination, while veteran critics are dismissing the possibilities.

"All this Oscar talk is a phenomenon of the Internet age that I like to call 'a wish-fulfillment rumor.' If people say it often enough, they think it will happen," said Leonard Maltin, film critic for TV program "Entertainment Tonight."

"That's not to say it might not happen," he said, citing a "great performance" by Ledger. "But I assure you that the people who are spreading all this are neither Oscar voters nor (Hollywood) movers and shakers."

Oscar or not, the film hasn't even be released yet and it's already sold out in theaters nationwide. Hollyscoop caught a pre screening of the flick and it was undoubtedly one of Ledgers best performances. Come February, we'll be keeping our fingers crossed for a nomination. Are you planning on catching the flick in theaters this weekend?