The Dark Knight Academy Award sign now

With the release of Warner Brothers' "The Dark Knight", both the late Heath Ledger's performance as the Joker and the film as a whole, is garnering an enormous amount of praise and acclaim. Many have deemed it worthy of an Oscar, and the Undersigned agree. This petition implores the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to not only recognize Ledger's performance with a Best Supporting Actor nomination, but to recognize Christopher Nolan and the everyone associated with and involved with "The Dark Knight" for their extraordinary filmmaking achievment.

"The Dark Knight" has delved deeper into its source material than any "comic book film" of its kind, and does it in such a way that it is presented as something far more complex than escapist fantasy. By grounding the film in a hyper- or heightened reality, "The Dark Knight" takes on the attitude of an epic crime drama/thriller than a "superhero blockbuster."

The late (Great) Heath Ledger's performance as the Joker has presented both the filmmaking and the filmgoing communities with the most compelling villain since Hannibal Lecter in "The Silence of the Lambs." Ledger went to extraoridinary lengths to completely disappear into the Joker, and when watching the film, Ledger the actor is unrecognizable. This, some say, is the pinnacle of film acting.

Christopher Nolan's direction has put "The Dark Knight" into a category all its own, and placed it leaps and bounds above any superhero film, or even most crime dramas, to date. Combining a compelling story that takes Batman not only into the darkest recesses of his own soul, but across the world and back, with characters that the filmgoer grows to care about, and with an epic scope that goes beyond anything thought possible in the superhero genre, we believe that Christopher Nolan is more than deserving of a Best Director nomination and award.

The film as a whole plays as one of the great crime dramas of modern movie history, and one doesn't even have to look past the "Cowl and Clown" in order to see this. "The Dark Knight" presents a compelling viewing experience that takes the audience out of the theater and into Gotham City, and doesn't bring them back until the last End Credit rolls. This is truely a milestone, both for "comic book films" and for films as a whole. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences MUST recognize this, and give "The Dark Knight" the accolades it so richly deserves.

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  • 24 December 2015100. Richard Vang
    I support this petition
  • 11 December 201599. Jocelyn J
    I support this petition
  • 22 November 201598. Edward N
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  • 14 October 201597. Ross M
    Additional Don't look over this incredible film.
  • 09 October 201596. John B
    I support this petition
  • 27 September 201595. Andre C
    Additional No other movie this year comes to mind. No other movie should come to mind.
  • 02 August 201594. Benny S
    I support this petition
  • 01 August 201593. Rogelio E
    Additional Rated fair and square.
  • 26 June 201592. Sam S
    Additional Excellent Film!!
  • 21 June 201591. Alexandra Q
    I support this petition
  • 27 May 201590. Rishi Atkins
    Additional The dark knight was better than the reader. the only reason it didn't get nominated for best picture or director is because it's a superhero flivk. no need to be biest towards it. It deserved it critics also thought that as well. but the acade
  • 04 May 201589. Robin G
    I support this petition
  • 17 April 201588. Tom Z
    Additional a
  • 16 April 201587. Carlos G
    Additional I believe plenty of great films have come this year like Milk, Button, Rachel Getting Married, & Gran Torino, but Christopher Nolan has proven beforehand what talent he possesses, and this is a film that set the bar in anti-hero types, cri
  • 11 April 201586. Fab Snow
    I support this petition
  • 10 March 201585. Nathan L
    Additional I agree with the statement made. I have seen every movie that is contention this year aside from those which have not been released yet and I have to say that The Dark Knight is still my #2 movie of the year behind MILK. And if Heath Ledger's
  • 27 February 201584. Neal K
    Additional Best movie ever!!!
  • 12 February 201583. Gat Fletcher
    Additional Who bloody cares if it's a superhero action movie? Dark Knight had all the elements of a good film: exceptional acting (especially from Mr. Ledger and Mr. Oldman), great direction, screenplay, etc. Isn't that worthy enough of an award? If the
  • 03 February 201582. Nicole Paul
    I support this petition
  • 29 January 201581. Rakim Abdulmalika
    Additional The Dark Knight is a haunting, amazing, and brilliant masterpiece that will bring you to your limitless imagination
  • 25 December 201480. Sarah W
    Additional An amazing movie with a performance by a truly brilliant actor should be recognized as a work of art.
  • 18 December 201479. Phillip L
    I support this petition
  • 18 November 201478. Arielle V
    I support this petition
  • 12 November 201477. Bryan S
    Additional The dark knight deserves best picture for what it has achieved. It is an outrage that it is not nominated.
  • 12 October 201476. Eric Jb
    I support this petition
  • 24 September 201475. Fernando A
    I support this petition
  • 13 August 201474. Christian S
    I support this petition

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