By Jen Heger - Radar Assistant Managing Editor
Heath Ledger, who was killed by an accidental medicine overdose almost a year ago, was just given Australia’s most prestigious film award for his performance as The Joker in The Dark Knight.
The 28-year-old actor won the Australian Film Institute international award for best actor.
Celebrating its 50th-annual award ceremony, the AFI described Ledger as a “ground-breaking actor trapped in the body of a leading man. He was the untamed spirit many of us wish we could be. May the legend live on.”
Ledger’s sister Kate accepted the award with her parents while holding back tears.
“It has been without a doubt the most difficult year, losing such a loved family member,” she said. “We are so proud of him and humbly accept this award on behalf of his beautiful daughter (Matilda) who we will cherish forever.”