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Heath Ledger Wins Posthumous Oscar

Heath Ledger Wins Posthumous Oscar

Heath Ledger posthumously won an Oscar (Best Supporting Actor) for his role as the Joker in the Dark Knight.

Ledger‘s parents and sister accepted the award on their son’s behalf and said that his 3-year-old daughter, Matilda would receive the award.

Here are the acceptance speeches:
Kim Ledger: First of all, I have to say this is ever so humbling. Just being amongst such wonderful people, such a wonderful industry. Firstly, I’d like to thank the Academy for recognizing our son’s amazing work, Warner Bros. and Christopher Nolan in particular, for allowing Heath the creative license to develop and explore this crazy Joker character. To Steve Alexander, Heath’s mentor, special friend and agent for 10 years. We love you, Steve. This award tonight would’ve humbly validated Heath’s quiet determination to be truly accepted by you all here, his peers, within an industry he so loved. Thank you.

Sally Bell: Heath was such a compassionate and generous soul who added so much excitement and inspiration to our lives. We have been truly overwhelmed by the honor and respect being bestowed upon him with this award. Tonight, we are choosing to celebrate and be happy for what he has achieved.

Kate Ledger:
Heath, we both knew what you had created in the Joker was extraordinarily special and had even talked about being here on this very day. We really wish you were, but we proudly accept this award on behalf of your beautiful Matilda. Thank you.

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# 1

I consider his Oscar win to be gravy on a brilliant body of work. Delicious, delicious gravy.

# 2

well deserved, bet he’s smiling down from heaven right now

# 3

With all due respect, I do not think he would have gotten an oscar if it weren’t for his death. A tad bit overrated that film. Oh well. That’s show bizz.

# 4

That is a well deserved Oscar. I’m glad that he won, since he most certainly deserved it! We all love you Heath!

# 5

****-A-DOODLE-DOO!!
(we have a dead body here, WAKE UP!!)

# 6

Totally deserved oscar. It was such a emotional moment when they were reading the speeches.

# 7

I’m really happy… Heath deserved this award for all his career because he was one of those actors with such talent rare to find.. To all the other nominees… keep doing a great job and I’m sure you’ll be rewarded for you hard and good work ;)

# 8
cheninator @ 02/22/2009 at 11:50 pm

wow like this would have honestly came as a shock to anyone.

if he was alive i doubt he would have gotten an oscar nomination let alone won one for the role.

# 9
cheninator @ 02/22/2009 at 11:50 pm

wow like this would have honestly came as a shock to anyone.

if he was alive i doubt he would have gotten an oscar nomination let alone won one for the role.

he really did do a brilliant job with this part. well deserved award.

Now let him rest in peace. Enough is enough.

Angels in Heaven @ 02/23/2009 at 12:01 am

Congrats Heath! We put your statue on a cloud, so everyone can see it.

i really think Heath won the award because of his masterpiece work as The Joker. i mean, i can’t think of any other name who can act as The Joker better than him. he did a wonderful job after Jack Nicholson’s appearance as The Joker and he made such a great change into the character itself.
whatever you say, people, Heath deserve the award not because of his death!!
we love you, Heath.
and Matilda.

Russian girl @ 02/23/2009 at 12:07 am

I was just crying. Heath, you are deserv it! You are in our hearts and our memory forever!

Cheninator, yup – have a cry. “Overrated” is not a fitting word for a film that has received over 90% positive reviews from critics, even if it was snubbed by the academy. AUSTRALIA was overrated, but the Dark Knight wasn’t.

Heath would have been nominated and won regardless of his death. He breathed life into a character that has long been outdated and needed a revival.

This award to some people may have been due to sympathy.. But if you watched his performance in DK you would truly be amazed by his performance ! he was absolutely incredible and unrecognizable and amazing in his role as the Joker.. I think it’s a well deserved Oscar award and all the other awards he’s gotten.. When his family made that speech there wasn’t a dry eye in that room ..

Very well deserved.. And i hope he rests in peace proud of his accomplishments.

Keith did a brilliant job with the Joker. He electrified the screen. Not since Adrian Brody in the Pianist has anyone deserved an Oscar more.

well deserved well accepted… congrats go out to Heath’s family and his daughter

SYMPHATY AWARD NOT FAIR.

Heath Ledger did a brilliant job with the Joker. He electrified the screen. Not since Adrian Brody in the Pianist has anyone deserved an Oscar more.

Heath will always be loved and remembered forever. His beautiful little girl will have the Oscar to remind her of her father and his wonderful work. You’re very missed Heath, God bless you.

@ #17…keith?

office fan @ 02/23/2009 at 12:37 am

I am so glad he won! I honestly believe he would have still won the award if was still alive. He was amazing as the Joker.

Heath was brilliant in Brokeback Mountain, he really deserved the award for that.

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