Nicholson's Joker was good, but that film was more camp than Dark Knigt and as I said before, the Academy doesn't like those types of films. Plus it was Nicholson, he'd already won 2 Oscar's by that point in time and it's possible the people doing the nominations just didn't feel the Joker was up to their standards for him.
Ledger had had some good roles but Joker was his breakout role. That's his best stuff ever IMO. Alive or dead that role should have gotten a nomination.
Brandon Lee. Man, I still miss that guy. Just because someone does a good film and then dies, or gets killed during filming as in Lee's case, it doesn't mean he or she should automatically get a nomination. The Crow was a really great film but I don't know if any part of it was Oscar worthy. Being the type of film it was, based on a comic, certainly didn't help it.
Besides, the Academy ****** up for the 1994 awards anyway. That's the year they picked Forrest Gump over Shawshank Redemption. I love Tom Hanks but, come on? Really? In a lot of other years, sure, but with Shawshank as a viable alternative? Whatever.
Back to Brandon Lee. He definitely could have gone on to great things but he never got a chance so we'll never know. But he was excellent in The Crow and I have to think that it would have led him to some good roles.
Now that we're talking about The Crow, I'm going to have to watch that again, soon. It also reminds me that I still have it on VHS and never upgraded to DVD. Hmmm.... I think my geek cred may have just taken a hit.