Best Supporting Actor: Heath Ledger, ‘The Dark Knight’

by | February 22, 2009 at 11:02 PM | 81st Academy Awards

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As expected, Heath Ledger captured the Best Support Actor Oscar for his turn as The Joker in The Dark Knight. Ledger, who died over a drug overdose in January 2008 at the age of 28 was considered the favorite. His award was accepted by his mother, father, and sister. “When he came home for Christmas a year ago, he had been sending me shots and bits and pieces from the film,” his sister Kate said to the press room. “And he hadn’t seen it, I hadn’t seen it. No one had really seen it, but he knew. I said to him ‘I think this might be it. You might get a nomination.’ He just looked at me and smiled. So he knew. ”

Ledger is only the second actor to win an Oscar after his death. THe other was 1976 best-actor winner Peter Finch of “Network.”

“I think he would be quietly pleased because he was happy with the work he did,” said his mother, Sally. “Heath was ever the clown,” his father, Kim, added. “All my kids watch movies for some reason. Heath’s been like that since a very young age, and he was always acting the fool and playing around.”

See a gallery of photos of Ledger.

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The Oscar will be going to his daughter, Matilida, now age 3. Sally had some very heartening things to say about Heath’s little girl. “She’s totally like her daddy. She has the same mannerisms. I really feel he’s in her. So that’s a delight to be watching her and knowing that she’s full of enthusiasm and the same energy. She looks a little like him too.”