Heath Ledger Wins Golden Globe

It’s doubtful that anyone will remember whatever movie wins a Golden Globe for Best Picture this year. The majority of the people in the world have never seen or even heard of most of the movies nominated. However, the moment that will be remembered from the 66th Annual Golden Globe Awards is Heath Ledger winning for Best Supporting Actor. Heath Ledger was nominated for his role as The Joker in The Dark Knight movie. Tragically, as the world knows, Heath Ledger passed away on January 22, 2008, before The Dark Knight ever reached theaters. When The Dark Knight was released in theaters, it quickly became the second highest grossing movie of all time, in large part due to Heath Ledger’s phenomenal portrayal of The Joker. Fellow nominees in the Best Performance by an Actor In A Supporting Role in a Motion Picture category included Tom Cruise in Tropic Thunder, Robert Downey Jr. in Tropic Thunder, Ralph Fiennes in The Duchess, and Phillip Seymour Hoffman in Doubt. In the end, The Joker triumphed over Iron Man and his other competition. The Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor was presented by Demi Moore. Accepting on behalf of Heath Ledger was Chris Nolan, the director of The Dark Knight. After Demi Moore introduced a brief scene of Heath Ledger as The Joker, Chris Nolan said, “All of us who worked with Heath on the The Dark Knight accept this with an awful mixture of sadness but incredible pride.” Chris Nolan continued, “After Heath passed on, you saw a hole ripped in the future of cinema, but with the extraordinary response to his work that we’ve seen all over the world, I for one start to be able to look a bit less at that gap in the future, and a little bit more at the incredible place in the history of cinema that he built for himself with his talent and with his dedication to his artistry. For any of us lucky enough to work with him, I think for any of us lucky enough to have enjoyed his performances, he will be eternally missed, but he will never be forgotten.”