The late Heath Ledger won the Best Supporting Actor award at last night’s Critic’s Choice Awards which were held here in SoCal at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium. When his name was announced, Heath was honored by the assembled audience with a standing ovation and The Dark Knight‘s director Christopher Nolan accepted the award on his behalf:
THE late Heath Ledger has won the Critic’s Choice Award for best supporting actor for his portrayal of the Joker in The Dark Knight. The film’s director Christopher Nolan accepted the award on Ledger’s behalf. The win is another indication the Australian actor’s role in the Batman blockbuster may also be recognised with a Golden Globe on Monday. The Dark Knight also won in the best action movie category but the big winner at the Los Angeles ceremony was Slumdog Millionaire which received best picture, director, young actor, writer and composer honours.
This is a great sign that Heath will not only win his Golden Globe nomination but may, too, garner at least an Academy Award nomination … and possibly go on to win that as well. Detractors may still claim that these awards are merely “sympathy” awards but I have always contended (since the first time I saw the film) that Heath‘s powerful performance is worthy of the accolades. Personally, I believe that he should’ve won the Best Actor award for his work in Brokeback Mountain so, for me, his Academy Award is overdue. Whatever happens in the coming Awards Season, it can’t be denied that Heath‘s portrayal of the Joker was stunning and a true tour de force. Here’s hoping this Critic’s Choice Award is just the first of many to come.