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14 July 2024

Heath Ledger wins posthumous Oscar for Joker

Heath Ledger as the Joker (AP)


Late Australian actor Heath Ledger won a rare posthumous Oscar on Sunday as best supporting actor for his performance as the Joker in Batman blockbuster The Dark Knight.

Ledger, who died in January last year of a drug overdose aged 28, became only the second performer in history to be awarded an Oscar posthumously, emulating compatriot Peter Finch, who won for Network in 1976.

Ledger had already won a string of major awards this year for his superb portrayal of Batman's arch-enemy, helping The Dark Knight become the second-highest grossing film in US history.

Other nominees included Josh Brolin for Milk, Philip Seymour Hoffman for Doubt, Robert Downey Jr for Tropic Thunder and Michael Shannon for Revolutionary Road.