I think retrospectively it stings a little. I do think Ledgers was the better performance, but of course less showy. However at the time I think people just assumed his time would come....
As I said above, at the time i was fuming about Crash winning best picture over Brokeback, the one and only time I've been genuinely angry about the way an awards ceremony went.
Crash was an ok film but Brokeback went into the history books for me. Incredible stuff.