Heath Ledger surprised a packed Berlin Film Festival news conference Wednesday
night when he remarked that he believes George Clooney deserves the best
supporting actor Oscar this year for his performance in Syriana. Jake
Gyllenhaal, who appeared in Brokeback Mountain with Ledger (who himself
was nominated for a best actor Oscar) is also one of the best supporting actor
nominees. Ledger's remark came after a reporter noted that Clooney had told an
earlier news conference at the festival that he did not expect to win in any of
the three categories for which he had been nominated (he's also nominated in
the director and screenplay categories for Good Night, and Good Luck.),
adding, "There's been a lot of Brokeback Mountain stuff." Ledger,
appearing at the festival to promote his latest film, the Australian-produced
Candy, expressed delight that he had been able to make five films
back-to-back over the past year and credited director Terry Gilliam for
showcasing his talents in The Brothers Grimm, thereby opening up more
"interesting choices" for him. He said that he found working in Australia on
Candy "incredibly liberating in the sense that it was the first film
I've done using my own accent in about eight years." When one reporter asked
what the difference was for him to be making love to a woman in one film and to
a man in another, he replied, "The stubble."
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