Ledger Gets Award

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Dec. 8 2008, Published 11:59 a.m. ET

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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."

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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."



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