Heath Ledger's family accepted his best-supporting actor award on his behalf and up-from-the-streets sage Slumdog Millionaire led in early awards at Sunday's Academy Awards, which stressed fun, populist movies alongside artier ones.
Penelope Cruz scored best supporting actress for her role in Vicki Christina Barcelona; Ledger won for The Dark Knight. Slumdog's five early awards included best adapted screenplay for Simon Beaufoy.
Sean Penn, Mickey Rourke
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Heath Ledger's family members are proud of his Oscar nod for his role as the Joker in The Dark Knight, but they are still "nursing broken hearts."
On Friday in Perth, Australia, Ledger's family gathered at the Indiana Tea Room on Cottesloe Beach, which was one of the actor's favorite spots, according to People.
"Like anyone who loses a family member, it has opened our eyes to the intense suffering and painful journey that is death," older sister Kate Ledger said. ...
Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight
On the one-year anniversary of his death, Heath Ledger earned a supporting actor Academy Award nomination for his role as The Joker in The Dark Knight.
Ledger's nod was among the most anticipated of Thursday's Oscar announcements. The best-picture nominees include The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, which led with 13 total nominations, Slumdog Millionaire, Frost/Nixon, Milk and The Reader. (Check out the list of nominees here.)
Ledger, a previous lead-actor nominee for Brokeback Mountain, picked up the biggest nomination for The Dark Knight, which was shut out of the picture and director race despite momentum in recent weeks, including nominations from the three Guilds (Producers, Writers and Directors).
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The Dark Knight
Nominations for the 81st Academy Awards will be announced Thursday, which means time's ticking to finalize predictions. Here are some things you can keep a few things in mind for the big reveal.
For almost a year, we've heard talk about The Dark Knight being a factor in the Oscar race. Their safest bet, of course, is a supporting actor nod for Heath Ledger. (Thursday, by the way, is also the one-year anniversary of his death.) Beyond that for the film, nothing's as certain, but thanks to a hat trick of precursor nominations from the three of the Guilds (Producers, Writers and Directors), The Dark Knight is looking good to land on the best picture list.
Frontrunner Slumdog Millionaire, along with Milk, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and ...
Four days after nabbing two Golden Globe awards, Kate Winslet picked up a pair of nominations from the British Academy Film Awards — except this time she's up against herself.
The BAFTAs — the British equivalent of the Oscars — nominated Winslet twice in lead actress for her work in Revolutionary Road and The Reader. At the Globes, she won in lead for Road and supporting for The Reader. Facing off against a double dose of Winslet are ...
Heath Ledger's mother says all off the late actor's awards, including the Golden Globe he won Sunday, will end up in good hands: those of his daughter Matilda.
"I should imagine that eventually it will be going to Matilda," Sally Bell told People. "At this stage she is only so young, but down the track she will have all these things. It will belong to her because she is part of him."
Bell said her family ...
Kim Ledger (inset), Heath Ledger
Heath Ledger's family could not be prouder of the Dark Knight star's posthumous supporting actor Golden Globe victory for his malevolent Joker at Sunday's ceremony.
"We are ...
John Adams and 30 Rock dominated the TV categories at Sunday's Golden Globes.
John Adams claimed best TV miniseries or movie, best actor for Paul Giamatti, best supporting actor for Tom Wilkinson, and supporting actress for Laura Linney.
Sean Penn, Anne Hathaway
The critics have spoken and it's a Slumdog and a devious Joker who have their vote.
The 14th Annual Broadcast Film Critics Association crowned Danny Boyle's sleeper hit, Slumdog Millionaire, as best picture Thursday — one of five awards it walked away with. The indie flick also picked up best director for Boyle, best writer for Simon Beaufoy, best young actor/actress for Dev Patel and best composer for A.R. Rahman.
Slumdog only missed out on best song, which went to Bruce Springsteen for "The Wrestler" in the flick of the same name.
The evening's other notable winner was Heath Ledger. The late Dark Knight star earned supporting actor honors, along with a standing ovation when his name was called.
"Anyone who's seen any of the extraordinary work that Heath did knows that I can't presume to speak for him in any way, because his voice was as unique as it was original," Dark Knight director Christopher Nolan said while accepting the award on Ledger's behalf. "But... I know that ...