[POLL] Will Jared Leto (‘Suicide Squad’) win Razzie as the Joker after Heath Ledger won Oscar?

Suicide Squad” was a blockbuster at the box office in its opening weekend ($133 million domestically, an August record), but it wasn’t greeted too kindly by critics, scoring 40 on MetaCritic and 26% freshness on Rotten Tomatoes. That could make it a strong contender at the Razzie Awards, including for Jared Leto‘s supporting performance as the Joker,. The last time the Joker, an iconic villain in the DC Comics universe, made an appearance on the awards scene was the Oscars, when Heath Ledger won Best Supporting Actor for “The Dark Knight” (2008).

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“The Dark Knight” was the second of Christopher Nolan‘s three critically admired Batman films and the most successful superhero film at the Oscars, winning two out of eight nominations (Best Sound Editing in addition to Best Supporting Actor). However, it was controversially snubbed in the Best Picture, Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay categories. As Ledger died in January 2008, months before the film was even released, his family accepted the award on his behalf when trophies were handed out at the February 2009 ceremony.

Ledger wasn’t the only Joker to have an awards presence. Jack Nicholson was nominated for a Golden Globe and a BAFTA Award for playing that role in Tim Burton‘s “Batman” in 1989. And Mark Hamill, best known as Luke Skywalker in the “Star Wars” films, has voiced the Joker in multiple animated and video game Batman productions and won a BAFTA for the 2011 video game “Arkham City.”

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Leto is an Oscar winner already. He prevailed as Best Supporting Actor a few years after Ledger’s posthumous victory for his role as a transgender woman with AIDS in “Dallas Buyers Club” (2013). It’s not unusual for Oscar champs to face the wrath of the Razzies. Indeed, it has become a tradition. Halle Berry won Worst Actress for “Catwoman” (2004) just three years after winning Best Actress for “Monster’s Ball” (2001), and she was a good enough sport to accept the Razzie in person. Sandra Bullock was also there in person to accept her Worst Actress prize for “All About Steve” (2009) — she won the Best Actress Oscar for “The Blind Side” the very next day. And Eddie Redmayne was just named Worst Supporting Actor for “Jupiter Ascending” (2015) one year after claiming Best Actor for “The Theory of Everything” (2014).

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14 thoughts on “[POLL] Will Jared Leto (‘Suicide Squad’) win Razzie as the Joker after Heath Ledger won Oscar?

  1. He really wasn’t that bad, not as good as the three Jokers before him, but still he did okay. In fact, there was so little of him in it to where it’s kind of hard to judge.

  2. After watching Suicide Squad, I thought it was Jared Leto did a pretty bad-ass job as the Joker. The movie was awesome and I don’t know why some critics are not rating it well, even after it has been the top-selling movie at the box office a few days after it was released in theaters.

  3. His part was too small to even warrant a nomination for anything! Plus it left me wanting to see more Joker, so that tells me it was an interesting/good performance.

  4. leto did the joker as it really is; peoble didnt like leto’s joker even before the movie came out, leto is pink floyd and ledger is the roling stones.

  5. Jack Nicholson > Heath Ledger

    Jack Nicholson has won three academy awards & six golden globes. Heath Ledger is not even in his sphere. Nicholson (like it or not) is the best modern era Joker.

    Let’s not get it twisted, Ledger was good; however, people only care about his performance because he bit the dust. However, he is NOT in a league with Jack Nicholson.

    The day that Jack Nicholson (79) dies, you’ll see an automatic change in people’s perception.

    1. I for one disagree with you. I thought from the miniute I walked out of that theater Ledger was the best joker to have been. I prefer Ledgers realism.

  6. I have a strong dislike for All DC universe movies. I especially hate batman. With that being said I absolutely loved Jared Leto as the Joker. This is the first DC movie that has really caught my attention. I grew up reading comic books and this Joker (voice, laugh, speech pattern) is what I imagined the Joker to be.
    The critics hated Jared Leto as the Joker before even seeing the performance. They are hating on things Jared had no control over like the tattoos, the dialogue, the basic overall look of the Joker. The actors don’t write the scripts. They work with what they are given.
    I was highly disappointed with the lack of Joker in this movie especially after seeing all the trailers. But what we saw of him was amazing. I think this Joker is the closest to the comics DC may ever get. I hope to see a Joker and Harley Quinn movie with Jared Leto in the future!

  7. Ledger’s death had nothing on his performance, best joker without doubt, jack maybe a greater actor… But jokers performance, ledger was simply exceptional, joker is a dynamic character extremely unique, in that been said i will say that jared was good,… Most DC movies are just shit honestly,
    We all expect better,
    Christopher Nolan is needed,
    Your director’s lack vision… Can imagine jese as luthur his performance was a disaster…

  8. Jared ruled as Joker. I’m in the extreme minority (and have zero issue with it) when I say I’ve never cared for Ledger’s performance. I liked Ledger as an actor but he simply was not Joker. Not to anyone whose read a comic anyway. Leto is amazing as is Nicholson.

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