Whether or not you think The Dark Knight was snubbed by the Oscars, producer Charles Roven doesn't seem to mind: "To me, it's all great," Roven said on Thursday.
Speaking in a news conference in Beverly Hills, Calif, where he was promoting The International, Roven added, "I hope Heath [Ledger] wins the Oscar [for his portrayal of the Joker]. I'm so pleased that the brilliant technicians and talented people who work behind the camera were nominated. It's all good."
The Dark Knight was nominated for eight Oscars, including Ledger's best-supporting-actor nod, in mainly technical categories. The film, which has swept critics' and guild nominations and awards, did not secure best picture, screenplay or director Oscar nods from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Ledger seems like a lock for an Oscar, according to some handicappers, but Roven wouldn't brag. "I don't think anything is a lock," he said. "That's the great thing about the Oscars. You can't really count on [anything]. I remember going into this a number of times where we thought certain movies couldn't lose because they had won everything. A good buddy of mine produced Saving Private Ryan. Everybody thought for sure that was going to win, and Shakespeare in Love won. You can't, there's no [telling]. The great thing about it is each vote counts."
When asked if he felt the academy was prejudiced against comic-book movies, Roven declined to go there. "I'm the wrong guy to ask," he said diplomatically. Still, he appreciated that some fans thought that was the explanation. "I'm glad," he said. "I'm flattered with that. Thank you very much."
Perhaps Roven should have employed more aggressive campaign tactics, as notorious Oscar campaigner Harvey Weinstein did to secure nominations for The Reader? "I like who I am, thank you," Roven said with a laugh. The 81st annual Academy Awards will be handed out on Feb. 22 in a live broadcast on ABC.