Sunday, February 22, 2009

Heath Ledger Wins Posthumous Oscar

It was an emotional moment tonight when Heath Ledger, who died of an accidental overdose on Jan. 22, 2008, became only the second performer to win an Oscar posthumously as he was remembered for his work as the psychotic Joker in The Dark Knight. Ledger's father, mother and sister accepted the award on his behalf.

Ledger follows in the steps of Peter Finch, who was posthumously named best actor more than 30 years ago for his performance in 1976's Network.

He was nominated three years ago as best actor for Brokeback Mountain, but lost that race to Philip Seymour Hoffman, who took home the Oscar for Capote.

Ledger's first regular TV role came as a gay cyclist in the Australian soap SWEAT, followed by a stint on the popular soap HOME AND AWAY.

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