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The Dark Knight sweeps People's Choice Awards

The 'Batman' sequel The Dark Knight starring late Heath Ledger made a clean sweep at the 35th annual People's Choice Awards by winning five honours.

india Updated: Jan 08, 2009 15:28 IST

The 'Batman' sequel The Dark Knight starring late Heath Ledger made a clean sweep at the 35th annual People's Choice Awards by winning five honours.

The comic adaptation stole the show at the ceremony by claiming awards for all the five nominated categories of Favorite Superhero, Favorite Movie, Favorite Onscreen Match-Up, Favorite Action Movie and Favorite Cast at the event here last night.

The stars of the movie 'Batman' Christian Bale and Aaron Eckhart and director Christopher Nolan received a standing ovation as they appeared on the stage at the Shrine Auditorium to receive the awards.

Giving a glowing tribute to his co-star late Heath Ledger in his brief acceptance speech, actor Bale said, "Here's to Heath," as he raised one of the awards to the heavens, the E! Online reported..

Ledger immortalised the role of The Joker in the film, which was also the last role he played before his tragic death in January last year. The Australian actor died of an overdose of prescription drugs.

Actress Reese Witherspoon won the award for Favourite Actress for her role in 'Four Christmases'.

Hollywood star couple Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt also claimed honours at the ceremony last night. Pitt was awarded under the category of Favourite Leading Man while partner Jolie won the Favourite Female Action Star award.

Carrie Underwood won a triple treat by claiming a trio of big prizes. The country star claimed the Favorite Country Singer, Favorite Country Song and Favorite Star Under 35. She also performed at the star-studded event.

'R+B' star Chris Brown, Will Smith, Hugh Laurie and film The Secret Life of Bees were all double winners.

Meryl Streep's song Mamma Mia, from the Abba musical of the same name, earned her the Favorite Song From A Soundtrack award.

The awards were given under the categories spanning from movies, television and music through a selection by Internet voters.