Late actor Heath Ledger has been nominated for an Academy Award for his role in THE DARK KNIGHT - exactly a year after his tragic death.
The Brokeback Mountain star passed away from an accidental drugs overdose at his New York apartment on 22 January (08), shortly after completing filming of the Batman blockbuster.
And a year to the day after the tragedy (22Jan09), the late star has been granted a posthumous nod from the Academy Awards board, with his performance as comic book villain The Joker short-listed in the Best Supporting Actor category.
Ledger will compete against Josh Brolin (Milk), Robert Downey Jr. (Tropic Thunder), Philip Seymour Hoffman (Doubt) and Michael Shannon (Revolutionary Road). for the coveted prize.
The late actor has been nominated for a clutch of posthumous awards for his turn in the superhero adventure, having already won a prestigious Golden Globe and a Critics' Choice Award.
The Academy Awards ceremony will take place in Los Angeles on 22 February (09).