Other than a Darwin Award of course.
Nothing personal against Heath Ledger, he’s a great actor and all, but his Joker portrayal was in no way Oscar worthy. Not that “Oscar worthy” directly correlates to quality, but I’m going to pretend it does for a few minutes even though it’s doubtful it means anything when most of us are vaguely aware of the back-room politics that go into Oscar choice.
But still, honestly folks – those of you that saw Batman Whatever – he played a crazy guy. An intense crazy guy. We don’t have any idea what his background or motivations are, so he’s just an excuse to act crazy with little restraint and few guidelines. What skilled actor wouldn’t go nuts in that role?
As a guy with very little acting experience, I say that I am 104% correct when I say portraying a boundless crazy person is not the most difficult thing out there.
Unfortunately, the only other movie in the running for that award that I saw was Tropic Thunder. And, while I think that giving Downey the award for that particular portrayal would open a different kind of can of annelids, I think what he did there (in a comedy of all places!) required a bit more “work” than playing batshit crazy guy. Not that I think he should have won, just that it was more …dimensioned (?).