Heath Ledger won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor tonight for his sinister portrayal of The Joker in the Batman movie “The Dark Knight“. He is only the second actor to win an Oscar from the grave.
Heath Ledger’s victory comes just over one year after his passing from an accidental prescription drug overdose.
His award was accepted by parents and sister, who in turn accepted the Oscar on behalf of Heath Ledger’s 3-year-old daughter, Matilda.
Penelope Cruz won the evening’s first Oscar, that of supporting actress, for her role in Woody Allen’s movie “Vicky Cristina Barcelona,” while the robot movie “Wall-E” won for feature-length animation.
“Slumdog Millionaire” took the best-picture Academy Award and seven other Oscars on Sunday, including director for Danny Boyle, whose ghetto-to-glory story paralleled the film’s unlikely rise to Hollywood’s summit.
The other top winners: Kate Winslet, best actress for the Holocaust-themed drama “The Reader“; Sean Penn, best actor for the title role of “Milk”; Heath Ledger, supporting actor for “The Dark Knight“; and Penelope Cruz, supporting actress for “Vicky Cristina Barcelona.”
The sappy “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” had 2 wins for makeup and for art direction.
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