The gist of this Eric P. Lucas article in the L.A. Times (8.1) is that Heath Ledger shouldn’t be nominated for Best Supporting Actor nominated because he died a foolish death. He didn’t die trying to save someone from drowning, he wasn’t killed by an IED in Baghdad and a tree didn’t fall on him. He carelessly pulled the plug on himself, and this sad fact, Lucas is saying, shouldn’t be romanticized or glossed over with an Oscar nomination. It would set a bad cultural precedent or send a bad message to youths. Something along these lines.