First, it’s REALLY cool to be featured in E! Online’s Oscar Watch. Joal Ryan did a little interview with me via email that he published for his weekend Academy Awards article. Here’s how it went:
Oscar Watch: Can Dark Knight Fans Make the Difference?
Coolest New Campaign (That’s Not Costing Warner Bros. a Dime): Dark Campaign, a self-described grassroots effort to score a Best Picture nomination for The Dark Knight, complete with custom ads and posters.
So Why Does a Studio-Backed Megablockbuster Need a Helping Fan Hand? “Because it’s a genre flick, I think it needs the extra voice of all the moviegoers who loved it saying, ‘Yes, it’s a superhero movie, but it’s also an incredible film that deserves to be considered among the best,’” the site’s Blair Erickson said in an email.
You Could Be Next, Watchmen: While Erickson’s a creative director at a media firm that’s done business with Warner, his Dark Campaign is billed as strictly a fan thing. “But if the WB marketing department is reading this,” he said, “and wants some help with Terminator: Salvation or Watchmen…nudge nudge.”
If Austin, Texas, Ruled the World, Fan Campaigns Wouldn’t Be Necessary: The area’s film critics named The Dark Knight best picture.
But what’s really exciting to me is how positive the comments on that article are below. Read the reaction people had:
“**** yeah thats how you do it. the dark knight is a great film.”
“What a fantastic idea. I loved The Dark Knight and Batman Begins! And what can I say about Heath’s Joker. The man completely redefined, redid, redecorated one of the most popular villains of all time and we, the fans, never complained once–we rejoiced. The Doobie Brothers can take it to the streets… We’re takin’ it to the Oscars, baby!!”
“That video on darkcampaign.com is one of the best I’ve seen and should be playing in theatres everywhere!”
“I just joined the Dark Campaign on Facebook!”
Thanks to all the fans for keeping up the fight to get Dark Knight to the Oscars. Great work everyone.