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Heath Ledger posthumously awarded a Golden Globe

The Australian actor – who died of an accidental overdose of prescription drugs last January, aged just 28 – won the award for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of villain The Joker in the Batman blockbuster.

india Updated: Jan 12, 2009 16:47 IST

Heath Ledger was posthumously awarded a Golden Globe Award for his performance in The Dark Knight yesterday evening (11.01.09).

The Australian actor – who died of an accidental overdose of prescription drugs last January, aged just 28 – won the award for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of villain The Joker in the Batman blockbuster.

The Dark Knight director Christopher Nolan accepted the accolade on Heath’s behalf, making an emotional speech while the star-studded audience gave a standing ovation.

He said: “On behalf of all of us who worked with Heath on The Dark Knight, I accept this with mix of sadness and incredible pride. He will be eternally missed but he will never be forgotten.”

The Ledger family did not attend the ceremony for “personal reasons”, but his father Kim insisted they were there in spirit.

Kim said: “We are overjoyed for him. It’s wonderful.”

Also celebrating success at the ceremony, which was held at The Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills, was Mickey Rourke who won the Best Actor in a Drama prize for his portrayal of a down-and-out grappler in The Wrestler. The 56-year-old actor told a cheering crowd: “It’s been a very long road back for me.”

It was also a big night for British actress Kate Winslet, who took home two statuettes for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in The Reader and Best Actress in a Drama for Revolutionary Road.

She paid tribute to her Revolutionary Road co-star Leonardo DiCaprio – who she first starred with 1997’s Titanic – in her acceptance speech, saying: “Leo, I am so happy I can stand here and tell you I love you, and have for 13 years.”

Complete list of 2009 Golden Globe winners:

Film:
Best Picture, drama: Slumdog Millionaire
Best Picture, musical or comedy: Vicky Christina Barcelona
Best Actor, drama: Mickey Rourke, The Wrestler
Best Actress, drama: Kate Winslet, Revolutionary Road
Best Director: Danny Boyle, Slumdog Millionaire
Best Actor, musical or comedy: Colin Farrell, In Bruges
Best Actress, musical or comedy: Sally Hawkins, Happy-Go-Lucky
Best Supporting Actor: Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight
Best Supporting Actress: Kate Winslet, The Reader
Best Foreign Language Film: Waltz With Bashir
Best Animated Film: Wall-E
Best Screenplay: Simon Beaufoy, Slumdog Millionaire
Best Original Score: A.R. Rahman, Slumdog Millionaire
Best Original Song: The Wrestler, Bruce Springsteen, The Wrestler
Cecil B. DeMille Award: Steven Spielberg

TV:
Best Series, drama: Mad Men
Best Actor, drama: Gabriel Byrne, In Treatment
Best Actress, drama: Anna Paquin, True Blood
Best Series, musical or comedy: 30 Rock
Best Actor, musical or comedy: Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Best Actress, musical or comedy: Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Best Miniseries or Movie: John Adams
Best Actor, miniseries or movie: Paul Giammatti, John Adams
Best Actress, miniseries or movie: Laura Linney, John Adams
Best Supporting Actor: Tom Wilkinson, John Adams
Best Supporting Actress: Laura Dern, Recount