‘Emotional’ Gary Oldman Accepts SAG Award On Heath Ledger’s Behalf
First Published: January 26, 2009 10:26 AM EST Credit: Getty Images
LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Heath Ledger made it two for two on Sunday night, when the late actor won the award for Outstanding Supporting Actor at the 15th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards.
Following up on his win at the Golden Globes earlier this month, Ledger won the SAG award once again for his role as The Joker in “The Dark Knight.”
After a standing ovation when Ledger was announced as the winner, the actor’s “Dark Knight” co-star, Gary Oldman, accepted the award on his behalf.
“I’m quite emotional right now,” Oldman said as he took the stage, visibly moved. “It’s a great honor to be asked to accept this on behalf of Heath. He was an extraordinary man with an extraordinary talent. It is wonderful that you have acknowledged and honored that talent tonight.”
Oldman, who played James Gordon in “The Dark Knight,” thanked the Guild, as well as his fellow celebrities in attendance, for honoring his late colleague’s work.
“On behalf of Heath, his family and his family on ‘The Dark Knight,’ I thank you,” Oldman said, triumphantly hoisting Ledger’s award in the air.
In addition to his wins at the Globes and the SAG Awards, Ledger also received a Best Supporting Actor nomination earlier in the week for the Academy Awards, which will be handed out February 22.
The Oscar nomination came one year to the day after Ledger’s death at the age of 28.
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