Heath Ledger says
Brokeback Mountain, which is nominated for
eight Oscars, has already exceeded his expectations for
the film. The Ang Lee-directed movie about a longtime
affair between two cowboys is nominated for best
director, best picture, and best actor for Ledger.
Other nominations include best supporting actress for
Ledger's fiancee, Michelle Williams, and best
supporting actor for costar Jake Gyllenhaal.
already exceeded any expectations I had," Ledger told
reporters Wednesday at the Berlin International Film
Festival. "I think pleasing Annie Proulx, the writer,
and getting her nod of approval was the biggest
success for me, for us."
Ledger said he
felt the movie "will surprise people." "Unfortunately,
people are very quick in life to label something that
they're uncomfortable with," he added. "It transcends a
label. It's a story of two human beings that are in
love; get over the fact that it's two
men--that's the point.... If you can't understand it,
just don't go see the movie."
Ledger was in
Berlin to promote Candy, a film that saw him
return to his native Australia and star as a man who joins
his girlfriend on a downward spiral into heroin addiction.
"It was incredibly liberating in the sense that it was
the first film I've done using my own accent in about
eight years," he said.
Candy is one of 19 films competing for the
annual Berlin festival's top Golden Bear prize. Directed by
Neil Armfield and based on a novel by Luke Davies, it
also stars Abbie Cornish and Geoffrey Rush. (AP)