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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

February 22, 2009 at 7:10 PM

Heath Ledger’s first and last Oscar

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Photo: AP
We knew it would happen, but that didn’t make it any less touching. The late Heath Ledger won the supporting actor award for his brilliant performance as the Joker in “The Dark Knight,” accepted graciously by his parents and sister. His father, Kim Ledger, said quietly that “This award tonight would have humbly validated Heath’s quiet determination to be truly accepted by you all here, his peers, in an industry he so loved.” His mother, Sally Bell, added “Heath was such a compassionate and generous soul who added so much excitement and inspiration to our lives. Tonight we are choosing to celebrate and be happy for what he has achieved.” It was impossible not to think of the young Ledger at the podium, accepting what would surely been the first of many tributes in what should have been a long career.

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