"Tonight the world of geek got a bittersweet gift, Heath Ledger's Oscar for Best Supporting Actor. Though Dark Knight only won one other award,(Best Sound Editing), It is still a triumph, Geek movies can win substantial awards, and even WOW the mundanes. In a sweet moment, Heath's family accepted his Oscar on behalf of his daughter Matilda, who will receive the statue on her 18th birthday.
Danny Boyle's Slum dog Millionaire virtually swept the awards winning 8 of the 10 nominations. Mumbai was in the house! You could feel the joy and true appriciation coming from everyone involved with the film. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button won 3 statues. The wonderful Wall-E took home the Best Animated Feature. Special props to Best Actor winner Sean Penn and Best Screenplay winner Dustin Lance Black both for the film Milk, each took a moment to stand up equal marriage rights for all.
Overall a well done show, Hollwood seemed to show it's heart tonight. If you have'nt seen any of these wonderful films please go out and have a Oscar movie day and enjoy"
The 28-year-old star, who died from an accidental drugs overdose a year ago, is only the second actor to receive a posthumous Oscar after British-born Australian Peter Finch won for Network in 1976.
Ledger had already won a clutch of industry honours, including a Bafta, Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild award, for his lauded performance in the Christopher Nolan-director comic book film and an Oscar win was considered almost a given ahead of Sunday's ceremony.Now this is amazing it's the first time a role like The Joker has been honored by winning this award! Normally Comic book movies are over looked come Oscar time while this was a special case since Ledger passed away I think it's only fair to say that regardless of his passing he deserved this award because he turned in a truly amazing performance, and this award was EARNED not given.
The award was accepted by Ledger's parents and his sister. Kim Ledger, the actor's father, thanked the Academy and British filmmaker Nolan for "allowing Heath the creative licence to develop and explore this crazy joker character".
"This award tonight would have humbly validated Heath's quiet determination to be truly accepted by you all here, his peers, within an industry he so loved," Mr Ledger said.
Presenter Kevin Kilne, a former best supporting Oscar winner, described Ledger's portrayal of the villainous character made famous by Jack Nicholson as "menacing, mercurial, droll and diabolical".
As his name was announced, cameras cut away to show fellow stars Anne Hathaway, who starred in Brokeback Mountain with Ledger, and Angelina Jolie, battling back tears.
Ledger's sister, Kate, dedicated the golden statuette to his young daughter with actress Michelle Williams, saying, "we proudly accept this award on behalf of your beautiful Matilda." The Perth-born star, who was previously nominated for a best actor Oscar in 2006 for Brokeback Mountain, was found dead in his New York apartment in January 2008.
His death was attributed to an accidental overdose of prescription drugs including sleeping pills, anti-anxiety medication and painkillers.
Ledger, also known for his roles in films including Monster's Ball, Ten Things I hate about You, A Knight's Tale and the Bob Dylan-inspired I'm Not There, beat fellow nominees Josh Brolin, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Robert Downey Jr and Michael Shannon.
Since its release last summer, The Dark Knight has made more than one billion dollars at the global box office.
Earlier, Penelope Cruz won the Oscar for best supporting actress for her role in the Woody Allen comedy Vicky Cristina Barcelona.
The saddest thing is that he is not with us anymore, and won't be able to be in future BATMAN movies, and or any movies for that matter.
Heath Ledger was really one of the best actors of our day, and he will be missed forever.
Like past screen legends who have left us to soon... (Brandon Lee, James Dean)
I was touched watching his family accent his award... At least they get to have this day to remember their son.
God bless you Heath, and Rest in Peace...
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