Oscar Preview: Best Supporting Actor

Conventional Wisdom: Ledger’s turn as the Joker was the year’s most talked-about performance. Plus, he’s dead. That’s Oscar gold!


And the Oscar goes to: It’s hard to picture the Academy passing on the chance to sap it up and honor a dearly departed member of Young Hollywood. It’s made palatable, though, by Ledger actually having acting chops worthy of all the flattery.


Note: We'll be counting down to Oscar night with a daily look at the major awards up for grabs on Sunday. Today, we get started with:

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

And the nominees are: Josh Brolin in Milk, Robert Downey Jr. in Tropic Thunder, Philip Seymour Hoffman in Doubt, Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight, Michael Shannon in Revolutionary Road

Vegas odds: Ledger is currently listed as 0-1, which seems like a scam to me. (How can I win zero on a bet of a dollar? This is why gambling is a dead end, kids.) The rest of the field is all 20-1 shots or worse.

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