The Clown Prince of Crime has made his biggest heist yet — Oscar gold.
At tonight’s Academy Awards, Heath Ledger received the second posthumous Oscar win for acting in history for his portrayal of the Joker. Winning Best Supporting Actor has been an event that comic fans across the globe have been anticipating — and boy, does it feel good.
His mother, father, and sister accepted the award in his stead. Presenter Kevin Kline described the late Ledger: “Menacing, mercurial, droll, and diabolical, Heath Ledger as the Joker in the Dark Knight kept us all on edge to see what act of appalling mischief he might commit next… Heath Ledger has left an original and enduring legacy.”
“First of all I have to say this is ever so humbling being amongst such wonderful people and such a wonderful industry,” his father said. “This award tonight would have humbly validated Heath’s quiet determination to be accepted by you all here, his peers in an industry he so loved.”
Why so serious? If you’re living under a rock, this is the hardest a comic book movie has ever hit — and this is for a billion dollar film. For this amazing performance, Ledger has also won awards including a Golden Globe and a Screen Actors Guild Award. Congratulations, Heath. You earned it.