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The Atlanta alternative band Big Hate was led by singer/guitarist Brian Stanger and his bassist brother Adam, NY natives who formed the group in Florida with drummer Stephan Panas. Upon shifting to Georgia, they added guitarist Rusty Cobb; a relentless touring plan developed their fanbase and in addition brought Big Hate to the eye from the A&M subsidiary Turn Records, which released their debut LP You’re Soaking inside it in 1998.

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Music Songs Next Time Around, You Don't Look So Tough, Tripping in Outerspace, Yeah Sure Right Whatever, Push You Down, Dirt Weed, Simple Things, Eden, Slow, I Swear, It's Hard, Outspoken
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1 In order to physicalize Ennis Del Mar's closed off nature in Brokeback Mountain, Heath used the image of a clenched fist as inspiration.
2 Abbie Cornish dedicated her 2011 G'Day USA Excellence in Film award to him. They were co-stars in Candy (2006) [January 23, 2011].
3 In 2008, Australians in Film established the annual "Heath Ledger Scholarship" in honor of the late actor, who was an ambassador of the group. Heath's father, Kim Ledger, is the Patron of the scholarship. The first recipient was Oliver Ackland in 2009, followed by Bella Heathcote in 2010, Ryan Corr in 2011, Anna McGahan in 2012, James Mackay in 2013, Cody Fern in 2014 and Matt Levett in 2015.
4 His parents and his sister Kate received his Oscar on his behalf.
5 Was considered for the role of Max Rockatansky in Mad Max: Fury Road (2015). In the original trilogy, Max was played by Mel Gibson, who played his father in The Patriot (2000). Tom Hardy took the role of Max in 2009. Hardy played Bane in The Dark Knight Rises (2012), the sequel to The Dark Knight (2008) in which Ledger played The Joker.
6 According to the 10th Anniversary commentary by his co-stars for 10 Things I Hate About You (1999), he and Julia Stiles began a relationship during the filming. They broke up in January 2000.
7 Of all the actors who played the Joker and won Oscars, he is the only one to win for playing the Joker.
8 He was five years younger than Christian Bale, making him the first actor to play The Joker who was younger than the actor playing Batman.
9 Never attended Drama school and had no formal training when he decided to pursue an acting career.
10 His acting mentor was Mel Gibson.
11 Was in a relationship with Lisa Zane, Julia Stiles, Christina Cauchi, Heather Graham, Naomi Watts, Michelle Williams, Gemma Ward.
12 He said the most difficult aspect of his performance as The Joker was getting the voice and laugh right.
13 Cousin of actor Luke Ledger.
14 In 2008, Australians in Film established the annual ''Heath Ledger Scholarship'' in his honor. Past judges include Jude Law, Rachel Griffiths, Jason Isaacs, Frances O'Connor, director Gregor Jordan and Ledger's former agent Steve Alexander.
15 To get in character in Lords of Dogtown (2005) he wore some of Skip Engblom's old clothes.
16 Was only 4 years older than Kate Mara who plays his teenage daughter in Brokeback Mountain (2005).
17 Liked to write poetry.
18 Lived in a house in the forest while filming The Patriot (2000).
19 He directed both homemade videos made by the Joker in The Dark Knight (2008) himself.
20 Met up with Christopher Nolan to exchange ideas about how he was going to play the Joker before there was even a script for The Dark Knight (2008). He was Christopher Nolan's first and only choice for the Joker.
21 Ang Lee offered him the role of 'Ennis Del Mar' after being impressed with his performance in Monster's Ball (2001).
22 In an interview, he admitted that he disliked his portrayal of the titular character in Casanova (2005), saying he took the wrong approach to the role.
23 As a tribute, Johnny Depp, Colin Farrell and Jude Law helped Terry Gilliam complete The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009) by taking over Ledger's unfinished role. Thus the public was able to watch his last performance. The three actors donated their salaries to his daughter.
24 Was a big fan of Nick Drake. Directed and starred in a music video for Nick Drake's "Black Eyed Dog".
25 Was very close with directors Terry Gilliam and Shekhar Kapur.
26 Was encouraged by then girlfriend Naomi Watts to accept the role of Ennis Del Mar in Brokeback Mountain (2005).
27 Was in talks to play the role of 'Llewelyn Moss' in No Country for Old Men (2007) but decided to take some time off instead.
28 Was offered the role of Peter Parker in Spider-Man (2002) which he turned down.
29 Was planning to direct his first feature film based on the Walter Tevis 1983 novel "The Queen's Gambit".
30 Did some of the stunts in his movies by himself; in The Four Feathers (2002) he leaps onto a horse at full gallop; in Brokeback Mountain (2005) he jumps off a high cliff into icy water.
31 Pulled out of The Tree of Life (2011) before he died.
32 Among his hobbies were surfing, skateboarding, chess, photography, directing.
33 Appeared twice on the cover of GQ magazine: June '01 and February '06.
34 Is one of 11 actors to have won the Academy Award, BAFTA Award, Critics' Choice Award, Golden Globe Award and SAG Award for the same performance. The others in chronological order are Geoffrey Rush for Shine (1996), Jamie Foxx for Ray (2004), Philip Seymour Hoffman for Capote (2005), Forest Whitaker for The Last King of Scotland (2006), Javier Bardem for No Country for Old Men (2007), Daniel Day-Lewis for There Will Be Blood (2007) and Lincoln (2012), Christoph Waltz for Inglourious Basterds (2009), Colin Firth for The King's Speech (2010), Christopher Plummer for Beginners (2010), and J.K. Simmons for Whiplash (2014).
35 Won almost every award in which he was nominated for his performance as The Joker in The Dark Knight (2008) including the quintuple crown (a Golden Globe, BAFTA, SAG, Critics' Choice Award, and Oscar).
36 The second person to win a posthumous acting Oscar. The first was Peter Finch.
37 Was a great admirer of Johnny Depp's work. Like Depp, Ledger worked hard to avoid being typecast as a teen heartthrob early on, in the hopes of expanding his career options. Both actors enjoyed taking risky, physically unappealing roles that surprised audiences. Depp was one of the three actors who filled in for Ledger's last unfinished role after his death, in The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009).
38 Very first performer to win an Oscar for acting in a comic movie-adaptation.
39 His daughter Matilda Ledger will be the recipient of his Oscar for The Dark Knight (2008) when she turns 18. Up until then the statuette will be in custody of his father Kim Ledger, mother Sally Bell and sister Kate Ledger, per Academy rules.
40 Was awarded the 2009 Academy Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for his work as the Joker in The Dark Knight (2008). This made him the first person to win a posthumous acting Oscar in this category.
41 Has co-starred with a Gyllenhaal sibling in his two most acclaimed roles: as Ennis Del Mar with Jake Gyllenhaal in Brokeback Mountain (2005), and as the Joker with Maggie Gyllenhaal in The Dark Knight (2008).
42 The day after he died, he was supposed to meet with Steven Spielberg to explore the idea of playing Tom Hayden in a movie about the Chicago 7.
43 In both his first and final complete roles, he portrayed a clown.
44 He is not only the first and only actor to be nominated for an Academy Award for his portrayal of the Joker, but the first and only actor to secure an acting nomination for a Batman film.
45 Received his Oscar-nomination for The Dark Knight (2008) on the first anniversary of his death, January 22, 2009.
46 When actress Nell Campbell moved back to her homeland of Australia, she sold her house to Ledger in 2005.
47 His Golden Globe Award win for The Dark Knight (2008) came eleven days before the first anniversary of his death.
48 Played the character of Scott Irwin in the long-running Australian soap opera Home and Away (1988) for 10 episodes in 1997. Scott was a local bad boy who took advantage of Sally Fletcher. It is said that the producers wanted to extend his stay with the show but Heath opted not to.
49 Swiss actor and filmmaker Philippe Vonlanthen worked as his Body-double and stand-in on Roar (1997). Filming took place in Queensland, Australia.
50 In an interview shortly before his death, he stated that his favorite role so far in his career had been his role as The Joker in The Dark Knight (2008).
51 Said in 1999 that his favorite actors and directors were Gene Kelly, Judy Garland, Bob Fosse, Stanley Kubrick, Katharine Hepburn, Jack Nicholson, Marcel Cann, Terrence Malick, Mel Gibson, and Meryl Streep. Later, he went on to co-star with Gibson; and play The Joker (previously portrayed by Nicholson) with his character was partly inspired by Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange (1971); and had almost been cast in Malick's The Tree of Life (2011).
52 Was good friends with Jake Gyllenhaal, Joel Edgerton, Christian Bale, Joaquin Phoenix and Matt Damon.
53 His favorite Australian bands and musicians were Spiderbait, Powderfinger, and Silverchair.
54 Before appearing with Christian Bale in The Dark Knight (2008), the two of them both played incarnations of Bob Dylan in I'm Not There. (2007). This makes Ledger the second Joker actor to share a role with a Batman actor. Previously, Cesar Romero shared the role of lawman John "Doc" Holliday with Adam West and Val Kilmer.
55 After his death his body was returned to Perth, Western Australia, where his body was cremated at Fremantle Cemetery, with his ashes to be "scattered in a family plot at Karrakatta Cemetery, next to two of his grandparents.
56 On February 9, 2008, a memorial service attended by several hundred invited guests was held at Penhros College in Perth, Western Australia followed by a private wake on Cottesloe Beach with his family and friends.
57 In 2006, took a year off from acting to raise his daughter Matilda Ledger while his girlfriend at the time, Michelle Williams, worked.
58 The youngest actor to play the Joker in a Batman movie The Dark Knight (2008), as oppose to Jack Nicholson and Cesar Romero.
59 He was the co-founder of record label Music Masses Co with singer Ben Harper, and directed Harper's video for the song 'Morning Yearning'.
60 Was good friends with Ben Harper.
61 As a child, he owned a pet kangaroo that was found by his mother.
62 Actor Daniel Day-Lewis made a dedication to him at the SAG Awards 2008.
63 Was considered for a role in Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003).
64 Was friends with Russell Crowe.
65 Lived in Roman Way, Islington while filming his last movie ever in London in 2007.
66 First acting role was as "Peter Pan", at age 10, at a local theater company.
67 Was painfully shy.
68 Directed music videos for Ben Harper's song "Morning Yearning", N'fa Forster Jones' "Cause an Effect" and "Seduction is Evil", Modest Mouse's "King Rat".
69 Was found dead in his apartment at 421 Broome Street in the SoHo neighborhood in New York City at 3:26 p.m. EST by his housekeeper and a massage therapist, finding him face down and unconscious in his bed with sleeping pills on a nearby table. [January 2008]
70 Resided in Brooklyn, Los Angeles and Sydney.
71 Chosen by Empire Magazine as one of the 100 Sexiest Movie Stars in the world (#79) 2007.
72 Was one of seven godparents of Elizabeth Hurley's son Damien.
73 Had been set to star in Baz Luhrmann's pre-WWII drama Australia (2008), but backed out to play The Joker in The Dark Knight (2008).
74 Jake Gyllenhaal and Busy Philipps are his daughter's godparents.
75 Was the first non-American actor to portray the Joker.
76 Invited to join AMPAS in 2006.
77 Was mentored by, lived with, and was very good friends with Martin Henderson.
78 Was selected in the State U17 squad in field hockey and was touted as one of the up and coming young stars, but chose to pack it in and try to make a career out of acting.
79 Became a father for the 1st time at age 26 when his fiancée Michelle Williams gave birth to their daughter Matilda Rose Ledger on October 28, 2005.
80 Starred in 3 films which screened at the 2005 Venice Film Festival. They included Brokeback Mountain (2005), The Brothers Grimm (2005) and the out-of-competition Casanova (2005).
81 Heath was of English, Irish, and Scottish ancestry.
82 Most of his wardrobe was designed by his friend Shem.
83 Was named "the new Matt Damon" in Josie and the Pussycats (2001). They now act side by side in The Brothers Grimm (2005)
84 Was considered for the role of Kar in Bulletproof Monk (2003) but eventually turned it down. The role later went to Seann William Scott.
85 Was originally set to star in Oliver Stone's Alexander (2004) before Colin Farrell took over the role.
86 Was a men's-fashion judge at the Melbourne Cup Carnival in November 2001.
87 Was a part of the 1990 Kalamunda Field Hockey team. His father was president of the team from 1990-1992.
88 Named one of People Magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People in 2001.
89 Mother was Sally Bell née Ramshaw (daughter of John and Jackie Ramshaw) and father was Kim Ledger (son of Colin and Es Ledger). Stepfather was Roger Bell and stepmother was Emma Brown. His great-grandfather was Sir Frank Ledger, son of Edson Ledger.
90 Had three sisters: Catherine (Kate) Ledger, married to Nathan Buckey, and half sisters Olivia Ledger (b. 1997) and Ashleigh Bell (b. 1989).
91 Auditioned for the part of Max on the TV show Roswell (1999). However, the show was originally developed for Fox and since he had already starred in Roar (1997), which was unsuccessful for Fox, they did not want to hire him.
92 Concentrated on drama and sports in school. When asked to choose between the two, he picked drama. Attended a private all-boys school called Guildford Grammar.
93 He and his older sister, Kate Ledger, are named after the two main romantic characters of the Emily Brontë novel, "Wuthering Heights".


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus 2009 Tony
The Dark Knight 2008 Joker
I'm Not There. 2007 Robbie
Candy 2006 Dan
Casanova 2005 Casanova
Brokeback Mountain 2005 Ennis Del Mar
The Brothers Grimm 2005 Jacob Grimm
Lords of Dogtown 2005 Skip
The Order 2003 Alex Bernier
Ned Kelly 2003 Ned Kelly
The Four Feathers 2002 Harry Feversham
Monster's Ball 2001 Sonny Grotowski
A Knight's Tale 2001 William Thatcher
The Patriot 2000 Gabriel Martin
Two Hands 1999 Jimmy
10 Things I Hate About You 1999 Patrick Verona
Paws 1997 Oberon
Home and Away 1997 TV Series Scott Irwin
Blackrock 1997 Toby
Roar 1997 TV Series Conor
Sweat 1996 TV Series Snowy Bowles
Ship to Shore 1993-1994 TV Series Cyclist
Clowning Around 1992 Orphan Clown (uncredited)

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
N'Fa Jones: Cause an Effect 2009 Video short
Modest Mouse: King Rat 2009 Video short

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
13 Steps 2011 Short in memory of
Mr. J 2010 Short special thanks
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus 2009 in memory of
The Dark Knight 2008 in memory of
Fallen Idols Aka DOPE. 2008 Documentary dedicatee

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Entertainment Tonight 2007 TV Series Himself
Up Close with Carrie Keagan 2007 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Insider 2007 TV Series Himself
The 2006 Australian Film Institute Awards 2006 TV Special Himself
Corazón de... 2005-2006 TV Series Himself
The Oprah Winfrey Show 2006 TV Series Himself - Guest
The 78th Annual Academy Awards 2006 TV Special Himself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Leading Role
2006 Independent Spirit Awards 2006 TV Movie documentary Himself
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show 2004-2006 TV Series Himself - Guest
12th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2006 TV Special Himself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 2000-2006 TV Series Himself - Guest
The 63rd Annual Golden Globe Awards 2006 TV Movie documentary Himself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama
Charlie Rose 2005 TV Series Himself - Guest
Logo Movie Special: 'Brokeback Mountain' 2005 TV Movie documentary Himself
Film '72 2005 TV Series Himself
The Making of 'Lords of Dogtown' 2005 Video documentary short Himself
Venecia 2005: Crónica de Carlos Boyero 2005 TV Movie Himself
El Magacine 2005 TV Series Himself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien 2005 TV Series Himself - Guest
Live with Kelly and Michael 2005 TV Series Himself - Guest
Today 2005 TV Series Himself - Guest
The View 2005 TV Series Himself - Guest
Los Angeles 2005 Documentary short Himself
On Being a Cowboy 2005 Video short Himself
Jimmy Kimmel Live! 2004 TV Series Himself - Guest
The 76th Annual Academy Awards 2004 TV Special Himself - Audience Member
10th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2004 TV Special Himself
Terryho dotocná 2004 TV Short documentary Himself
Enough Rope with Andrew Denton 2003 TV Series Himself - Guest
Cartaz Cultural 2003 TV Series Himself (2007)
The 60th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2003 TV Special Himself - Presenter: Film clip of "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers"
V Graham Norton 2002 TV Series Himself - Guest
MTV Video Music Awards 2002 2002 TV Special Himself
Heath Ledger Profile 2001 Video documentary short Himself
Sexy Armor and a Rock Band on Tour 2001 Video documentary short Himself
The Making of 'A Knight's Tale' 2001 TV Short documentary Himself
The Marquee Event 2001 Video documentary short Himself
The Rock Music Scene in 1370 2001 Video documentary short Himself
The Rules of Love 2001 Video documentary short Himself
The Ray Martin Show 2001 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Panel 1999-2001 TV Series Himself
A.J. After Hours 2001 TV Series Himself
The Daily Show 2001 TV Series Himself - Guest
Late Show with David Letterman 2000-2001 TV Series Himself - Guest
Rove Live 2001 TV Series Himself
HBO First Look 2000-2001 TV Series documentary Himself
The Art of War 2000 Video documentary short Himself
2000 MTV Movie Awards 2000 TV Special documentary Himself
2000 Blockbuster Entertainment Awards 2000 TV Special documentary Himself
The Teen Choice Awards 1999 1999 TV Special Himself
Roar: The Making of 1997 TV Special documentary Conor

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Death Battle 2016 TV Series The Joker
Nostalgia Critic 2016 TV Series The Joker
Extra 2015 TV Series Himself
CNN Newsroom 2014 TV Series Himself
The Fire Rises: The Creation and Impact of the Dark Knight Trilogy 2013 Video documentary Himself
Too Young to Die 2012 TV Series documentary Himself
Fantástico 2012 TV Series documentary Joker
Cinema 3 2008-2010 TV Series Himself
World Film Report 2009 TV Series Himself
The 81st Annual Academy Awards 2009 TV Special Joker
Today Tonight 2009 TV Series Himself / The Joker
Entertainment Tonight 2008 TV Series Himself
Biography 2008 TV Series documentary Conor
E! True Hollywood Story 2005-2008 TV Series documentary Himself
Dr. Drew's Celebrity Addiction Special 2008 TV Movie documentary Himself
The O'Reilly Factor 2008 TV Series Himself
The 80th Annual Academy Awards 2008 TV Special Ennis del Mar Memorial Tribute
Oscar, que empiece el espectáculo 2008 TV Movie documentary Himself
14th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2008 TV Special Himself - Memorial Tribute
A Current Affair 2008 TV Series Himself
Corazón de... 2005-2008 TV Series Himself Ennis del Mar Casanova
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show 2008 TV Series Himself
Gomorron 2006-2008 TV Series Himself
Schau mir in die Augen, Kleiner 2007 Documentary Ennis Del Mar (uncredited)
Cómo conseguir un papel en Hollywood 2007 TV Movie documentary Himself
Home and Away 2006 TV Series Scott Irwin
Fabulous! The Story of Queer Cinema 2006 Documentary Himself / Ennis Del Mar
Home and Away: Romances 2005 Video Scott Irwin (uncredited)
Celebrities Uncensored 2003-2004 TV Series Himself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2010 Gold Derby Award Gold Derby Awards Supporting Actor of the Decade The Dark Knight (2008)
2009 Critics Choice Award Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards Best Supporting Actor The Dark Knight (2008)
2009 COFCA Award Central Ohio Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actor The Dark Knight (2008)
2009 COFCA Award Central Ohio Film Critics Association Best Ensemble The Dark Knight (2008) · Christian Bale
· Aaron Eckhart
· Maggie Gyllenhaal
· Michael Caine
· Morgan Freeman
· Gary Oldman
2009 Gold Derby Award Gold Derby Awards Supporting Actor The Dark Knight (2008)
2009 ICS Award International Cinephile Society Awards Best Supporting Actor The Dark Knight (2008)
2009 IOFCP Award International Online Film Critics' Poll Best Supporting Actor The Dark Knight (2008)
2009 IFC Award Iowa Film Critics Awards Best Supporting Actor The Dark Knight (2008)
2009 IOMA Italian Online Movie Awards (IOMA) Best Supporting Actor (Miglior attore non protagonista) The Dark Knight (2008)
2009 Jupiter Award Jupiter Award Best International Actor The Dark Knight (2008)
2009 MTV Movie Award MTV Movie Awards Best Villain The Dark Knight (2008)
2009 OFTA Film Award Online Film & Television Association Best Supporting Actor The Dark Knight (2008)
2009 OFCS Award Online Film Critics Society Awards Best Supporting Actor The Dark Knight (2008)
2009 People's Choice Award People's Choice Awards, USA Favorite Cast The Dark Knight (2008) · Christian Bale
· Michael Caine
· Aaron Eckhart
· Morgan Freeman
· Maggie Gyllenhaal
· Gary Oldman
2009 People's Choice Award People's Choice Awards, USA Favorite On-Screen Match-Up The Dark Knight (2008) · Christian Bale
2009 Rembrandt Award Rembrandt Awards Best International Actor (Beste Buitenlandse Acteur) The Dark Knight (2008)
2009 Actor Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role The Dark Knight (2008)
2009 Audience Award SESC Film Festival, Brazil Best Foreign Actor (Melhor Ator Estrangeiro) The Dark Knight (2008)
2009 TFCA Award Toronto Film Critics Association Awards Best Supporting Performance, Male The Dark Knight (2008)
2009 VFCC Award Vancouver Film Critics Circle Best Supporting Actor The Dark Knight (2008)
2009 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role The Dark Knight (2008)
2009 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture The Dark Knight (2008)
2009 BAFTA Film Award BAFTA Awards Best Supporting Actor The Dark Knight (2008)
2009 Saturn Award Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA Best Supporting Actor The Dark Knight (2008)
2008 AFI International Award Australian Film Institute Best Actor The Dark Knight (2008)
2008 ACCA Awards Circuit Community Awards Best Actor in a Supporting Role The Dark Knight (2008)
2008 ACCA Awards Circuit Community Awards Best Cast Ensemble The Dark Knight (2008) · Christian Bale
· Gary Oldman
· Morgan Freeman
· Michael Caine
· Cillian Murphy
· Aaron Eckhart
· Maggie Gyllenhaal
2008 BSFC Award Boston Society of Film Critics Awards Best Supporting Actor The Dark Knight (2008)
2008 Chauvel Award Brisbane International Film Festival Posthumously.
2008 CFCA Award Chicago Film Critics Association Awards Best Supporting Actor The Dark Knight (2008)
2008 DFWFCA Award Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Awards Best Supporting Actor The Dark Knight (2008)
2008 FFCC Award Florida Film Critics Circle Awards Best Supporting Actor The Dark Knight (2008)
2008 Golden Schmoes Golden Schmoes Awards Best Supporting Actor of the Year The Dark Knight (2008)
2008 HFCS Award Houston Film Critics Society Awards Best Supporting Actor The Dark Knight (2008)
2008 Robert Altman Award Independent Spirit Awards I'm Not There. (2007) · Todd Haynes (director)
· Laura Rosenthal (casting director)
· Cate Blanchett
· Christian Bale
· Richard Gere
· Ben Whishaw
· Marcus Carl Franklin
· Charlotte Gainsbourg
· Bruce Greenwood
2008 ICP Award Indiewire Critics' Poll Best Supporting Performance The Dark Knight (2008)
2008 KCFCC Award Kansas City Film Critics Circle Awards Best Supporting Actor The Dark Knight (2008)
2008 Sierra Award Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards Best Supporting Actor The Dark Knight (2008)
2008 LAFCA Award Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards Best Supporting Actor The Dark Knight (2008)
2008 NYFCO Award New York Film Critics, Online Best Supporting Actor The Dark Knight (2008)
2008 NTFCA Award North Texas Film Critics Association, US Best Supporting Actor The Dark Knight (2008)
2008 OFCC Award Oklahoma Film Critics Circle Awards Best Supporting Actor The Dark Knight (2008)
2008 PFCS Award Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role The Dark Knight (2008)
2008 SDFCS Award San Diego Film Critics Society Awards Best Supporting Actor The Dark Knight (2008)
2008 SFFCC Award San Francisco Film Critics Circle Best Supporting Actor The Dark Knight (2008)
2008 SFX Award SFX Awards, UK Best Film Actor The Dark Knight (2008)
2008 SEFCA Award Southeastern Film Critics Association Awards Best Supporting Actor The Dark Knight (2008)
2008 SLFCA Award St. Louis Film Critics Association, US Best Supporting Actor The Dark Knight (2008)
2008 UFCA Award Utah Film Critics Association Awards Best Supporting Actor The Dark Knight (2008)
2008 VVFP Award Village Voice Film Poll Best Supporting Actor The Dark Knight (2008)
2008 WAFCA Award Washington DC Area Film Critics Association Awards Best Supporting Actor The Dark Knight (2008)
2008 AAFCA Award African-American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) Best Supporting Actor The Dark Knight (2008)
2008 EDA Award Alliance of Women Film Journalists Best Supporting Actor The Dark Knight (2008)
2008 EDA Special Mention Award Alliance of Women Film Journalists Unforgettable Moment The Dark Knight (2008)
2008 Austin Film Critics Award Austin Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actor The Dark Knight (2008)
2007 Best Actor Valenciennes International Festival of Action and Adventure Films Candy (2006)
2006 AFI International Award Australian Film Institute Best Actor Brokeback Mountain (2005)
2006 News Limited Readers' Choice Award Australian Film Institute
2006 COFCA Award Central Ohio Film Critics Association Best Lead Performance Brokeback Mountain (2005)
2006 COFCA Award Central Ohio Film Critics Association Actor of the Year Brokeback Mountain (2005)
2006 ICS Award International Cinephile Society Awards Best Actor Brokeback Mountain (2005)
2006 MTV Movie Award MTV Movie Awards Best Kiss Brokeback Mountain (2005) · Jake Gyllenhaal
2006 OFTA Film Award Online Film & Television Association Best Actor Brokeback Mountain (2005)
2006 Breakthrough Performance of the Year Santa Barbara International Film Festival Brokeback Mountain (2005)
2006 Outstanding Performance Award Santa Barbara International Film Festival Brokeback Mountain (2005)
2005 ACCA Awards Circuit Community Awards Best Actor in a Leading Role Brokeback Mountain (2005)
2005 Sierra Award Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards Best Actor Brokeback Mountain (2005)
2005 NYFCC Award New York Film Critics Circle Awards Best Actor Brokeback Mountain (2005)
2005 PFCS Award Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role Brokeback Mountain (2005)
2005 SFFCC Award San Francisco Film Critics Circle Best Actor Brokeback Mountain (2005)
2005 SLFCA Award St. Louis Film Critics Association, US Best Actor Brokeback Mountain (2005)
2005 VVFP Award Village Voice Film Poll Best Performance Brokeback Mountain (2005)
2001 Blockbuster Entertainment Award Blockbuster Entertainment Awards Favorite Male - Newcomer The Patriot (2000)
2001 ShoWest Award ShoWest Convention, USA Male Star of Tomorrow

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2010 Gold Derby Award Gold Derby Awards Performer of the Decade Posthumously.
2009 Critics Choice Award Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards Best Acting Ensemble The Dark Knight (2008) · Morgan Freeman
· Maggie Gyllenhaal
· Aaron Eckhart
· Christian Bale
· Michael Caine
· Gary Oldman
2009 Gold Derby Award Gold Derby Awards Ensemble Cast The Dark Knight (2008) · Christian Bale
· Michael Caine
· Aaron Eckhart
· Morgan Freeman
· Maggie Gyllenhaal
· Gary Oldman
2009 ALFS Award London Critics Circle Film Awards Actor of the Year The Dark Knight (2008)
2009 MTV Movie Award MTV Movie Awards Best Fight The Dark Knight (2008) · Christian Bale
2008 Satellite Award Satellite Awards Best Actor in a Supporting Role The Dark Knight (2008)
2006 AFI Award Australian Film Institute Best Lead Actor Candy (2006)
2006 Critics Choice Award Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards Best Actor Brokeback Mountain (2005)
2006 CFCA Award Chicago Film Critics Association Awards Best Actor Brokeback Mountain (2005)
2006 Chlotrudis Award Chlotrudis Awards Best Actor Brokeback Mountain (2005)
2006 FCCA Award Film Critics Circle of Australia Awards Best Actor in a Lead Role Candy (2006)
2006 Gold Derby Award Gold Derby Awards Lead Actor Brokeback Mountain (2005)
2006 Gold Derby Award Gold Derby Awards Ensemble Cast Brokeback Mountain (2005) · Linda Cardellini
· Anna Faris
· Jake Gyllenhaal
· Anne Hathaway
· Randy Quaid
· Michelle Williams
2006 IF Award IF Awards Best Actor Candy (2006)
2006 Independent Spirit Award Independent Spirit Awards Best Male Lead Brokeback Mountain (2005)
2006 ALFS Award London Critics Circle Film Awards Actor of the Year Brokeback Mountain (2005)
2006 NRJ Ciné Award NRJ Ciné Awards Best Kiss (Meilleur baiser) Brokeback Mountain (2005) · Jake Gyllenhaal
2006 OFCS Award Online Film Critics Society Awards Best Actor Brokeback Mountain (2005)
2006 Actor Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role Brokeback Mountain (2005)
2006 Actor Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture Brokeback Mountain (2005) · Linda Cardellini
· Anna Faris
· Jake Gyllenhaal
· Anne Hathaway
· Randy Quaid
· Michelle Williams
2006 VFCC Award Vancouver Film Critics Circle Best Actor Brokeback Mountain (2005)
2006 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role Brokeback Mountain (2005)
2006 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama Brokeback Mountain (2005)
2006 BAFTA Film Award BAFTA Awards Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role Brokeback Mountain (2005)
2005 Golden Schmoes Golden Schmoes Awards Best Actor of the Year Brokeback Mountain (2005)
2005 Gotham Independent Film Award Gotham Awards Best Ensemble Performance Brokeback Mountain (2005) · Jake Gyllenhaal
· Michelle Williams
· Anne Hathaway
· Linda Cardellini
· Randy Quaid
· Anna Faris
2005 Satellite Award Satellite Awards Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama Brokeback Mountain (2005)
2005 Teen Choice Award Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Actor: Action Adventure/Thriller Lords of Dogtown (2005)
2005 WAFCA Award Washington DC Area Film Critics Association Awards Best Actor Brokeback Mountain (2005)
2003 AFI Award Australian Film Institute Best Actor in a Leading Role Ned Kelly (2003)
2003 FCCA Award Film Critics Circle of Australia Awards Best Actor - Male Ned Kelly (2003)
2002 MTV Movie Award MTV Movie Awards Best Kiss A Knight's Tale (2001) · Shannyn Sossamon
2002 MTV Movie Award MTV Movie Awards Best Musical Sequence A Knight's Tale (2001) · Shannyn Sossamon
2001 Teen Choice Award Teen Choice Awards Film - Choice Actor A Knight's Tale (2001)
2001 Teen Choice Award Teen Choice Awards Film - Choice Chemistry A Knight's Tale (2001) · Shannyn Sossamon
2000 FCCA Award Film Critics Circle of Australia Awards Best Actor - Male Two Hands (1999)
2000 MTV Movie Award MTV Movie Awards Best Musical Performance 10 Things I Hate About You (1999)
1999 AFI Award Australian Film Institute Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role Two Hands (1999)
1999 Teen Choice Award Teen Choice Awards Film - Sexiest Love Scene 10 Things I Hate About You (1999) · Julia Stiles

2nd place awards

2nd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2010 Gold Derby Award Gold Derby Awards Lead Actor of the Decade Brokeback Mountain (2005)
2009 NSFC Award National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA Best Supporting Actor The Dark Knight (2008)
2008 Golden Schmoes Golden Schmoes Awards Favorite Celebrity of the Year
2008 NYFCC Award New York Film Critics Circle Awards Best Supporting Actor The Dark Knight (2008)
2006 COFCA Award Central Ohio Film Critics Association Best Ensemble Brokeback Mountain (2005) · Jake Gyllenhaal
· Michelle Williams
· Anne Hathaway
· Randy Quaid
2006 DFCC Dublin Film Critics Circle Awards Best Actor Brokeback Mountain (2005)
2006 Austin Film Critics Award Austin Film Critics Association Best Actor Brokeback Mountain (2005)
2005 ACCA Awards Circuit Community Awards Best Cast Ensemble Brokeback Mountain (2005) · Jake Gyllenhaal
· Anne Hathaway
· Michelle Williams
· Linda Cardarelli
· Randy Quaid
2005 BSFC Award Boston Society of Film Critics Awards Best Actor Brokeback Mountain (2005)
2005 DFWFCA Award Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Awards Best Actor Brokeback Mountain (2005)
2005 LAFCA Award Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards Best Actor Brokeback Mountain (2005)
2005 SEFCA Award Southeastern Film Critics Association Awards Best Actor Brokeback Mountain (2005)
2005 UFCA Award Utah Film Critics Association Awards Best Actor Brokeback Mountain (2005)

3rd place awards

3rd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2006 NSFC Award National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA Best Actor Brokeback Mountain (2005)

TitleSalary
Ned Kelly (2003) $50,000
The Four Feathers (2002) $2,000,000
A Knight's Tale (2001) $3,000,000
10 Things I Hate About You (1999) $100,000

#Quote
1 I don't have a method to my madness... For me, acting is more about self-exploration. I've learned a lot about myself in order to learn about the craft. I've always been very big on self-exploration and answering my own questions. (Vanity Fair, 2000)
2 I have never had great expectations of my performance or of a film. I try not to think about the outcome. If you look that far ahead, it sort of taints your choices as an actor. I try as hard as I can to believe that no one is ever going to see it and that it's not even a movie. Then you can allow yourself to bare more. Then, once a project is done, I tend to forget about it until it comes out. (Daily Telegraph, November 2007)
3 I love acting. Oh, God, I love it. But all this fame and all this bullshit attention. I'm not supernatural. I've done nothing extremely special to deserve the position. It happens every couple of years, and it's happened to hundreds of people before me. (Newsweek, July 2000)
4 Honesty always gets my attention. Not particularly someone who is honest to me, but someone who is honest with themselves. That is a quality I really enjoy, admire and love.
5 [on choosing his roles] I don't have that much forward planning about what I want to do in the future. But I guess once I find something, like if I'm doing Lords of Dogtown (2005), I really like to flip the scale on the next job I'm doing. It's almost like you are a switchboard in a sound booth and on one job you use one side and by the end of the job you are kind of exhausted by it, but you didn't use any of the other side over here so you have to find something that will mean you using this half of your brain, energy wise, and that's how Brokeback Mountain (2005) and Casanova complemented each other. Brokeback was excruciating and Casanova (2005) was drinking wine and eating pasta, it was like a holiday. But I've got no future plans, I don't know what I'm going to do next as along as it scares me, as long as it's something new, as long as I get to scare other people. As long as it's an opportunity to evolve and grow as an actor and a person and challenge myself.
6 A lot of people think ambition or success and they think dollars. My ambition is all in my head. I'm on a f---ing journey. I'm on a walkabout. It's about collecting wisdom of emotions and heart and self and understanding. Being absolutely comfortable with your body and life and the earth, sun, and moon being the only truths. That's what my success is, getting underneath that. (Entertainment Weekly, 2001)
7 I'm shy. People get confused. They think as an actor you can get up and be confident on the screen. "Why aren't you like this in normal life? Why can't you act in your social life?" Because I can't! (NY Post, 2001)
8 I think [getting the role] was tougher for other people to comprehend than it was for me. I'm looking forward to it. A part of me feels like I've been warming up to [playing the Joker] for years. In The Brothers Grimm (2005), [director] Terry Gilliam helped me put on a sort of clown act and adjust to that sort of pace. And I feel it's something within me I know how to do. I like putting on a mask. It'll be dark and sinister and exciting. Not being a huge comic book fan, and not one to really follow comic book movies, I'm relaxed about it. (NY Daily News, November 2006)
9 Some people find their shtick. I've never figured out who Heath Ledger is on film: 'This is what you expect when you hire me, and it will be recognizable.' People always feel compelled to sum you up, to presume that they have you and can describe you. That's fine. But there are many stories inside of me and a lot I want to achieve outside of one flat note. (The New York Times, November 2007)
10 [on his sleeping problems] Last week I probably slept an average of two hours a night. I couldn't stop thinking. My body was exhausted, and my mind was still going. (The New York Times, November 2007)
11 [on the directors he would have liked to work with] Look, most of them are dead. Fellini. Cassavettes. Bob Fosse. Stanley Kubrick. I would have loved to work with them. I would love to work with many people who are around, but they're not lining up just yet. Terrence Malick is one person who comes to mind. I would love to be in one of his visual poems. (Chicago Sun Times, November 2007)
12 [on dropping the character once the shoot ends] I kind of save the living for the time between action and cut. I'm pretty good at dropping a character once it's over for the day. Certainly once the film is over, I throw it all away. Your life is what matters. (Chicago Sun Times, November 2007)
13 No amount of money changes what I do between 'action' and 'cut'. Before I got into the industry, I never imagined I'd have anywhere near the money I have now. I don't need any more. It's not that I don't want the money, it's just that I would have been really happy sitting on a beach or surfing every morning. I never had money, and I was very happy without it. When I die, my money's not gonna come with me. My movies will live on - for people to judge what I was as a person. I just want to stay curious.
14 I like to do something I fear. I like to set up obstacles and defeat them. I like to be afraid of the project. I always am. When I get cast in something, I always believe I shouldn't have been cast. I fooled them again. I can't do it. I don't know how to do it. There's a huge amount of anxiety that drowns out any excitement I have toward the project.
15 I start to get bored, not with the choices I was making, because I didn't really have a choice. The choices were being made for me -- I was being thrown into projects. So I kind of put the brakes on that. In a sense, I destroyed my career to rebuild it again.
16 [on walking down the red carpet] Like diving into an Olympic pool, swimming the length underwater, then emerging gasping for breath. It's so noisy that it's quiet, you can't hear; the flashlights are so blinding that it's dark, you can't see.
17 [on his choice of film projects] I feel like I'm wasting time if I repeat myself. I can't say I'm proud of my work. It's the same with everything I do: the day I say 'It's good' is the day I should start doing something else.
18 [on playing "The Joker" in The Dark Knight (2008)] The Joker, so far, is definitely the most fun I've had with any character. He's just out of control -- no empathy, he's a sociopath, uh, a psychotic, mass-murdering clown. And, uh, I'm just thoroughly, thoroughly enjoying it. It's just exceeded any expectations I had of what the experience would be like.
19 I'm not good at future planning. I don't plan at all. I don't know what I'm doing tomorrow. I don't have a day planner and I don't have a diary. I completely live in the now, not in the past, not in the future.
20 [on daughter Matilda and being a father] Matilda is adorable, and beautifully observant and wise. Michelle and I love her so much. Becoming a father exceeds all my expectations. It's the most remarkable experience I've ever had - it's marvelous.
21 Brooklyn seems to me the closest thing in America to Europe. The neighbors and locals are beautiful people. It's like a village.
22 [on his character "Ennis" in Brokeback Mountain (2005)] The challenge was to capture the stillness of him. I have kind of semi-frantic, nervous energy. Harnessing that was something I thought I'd have to work out. Shooting in the wilderness, the stillness became like this innate quality.
23 I never studied acting in Australia. I never had an empty stage and black pajamas to run around and express myself.
24 [about growing up with his mom and his sisters] I learned respect for women, and patience. You grow up with all those women around you...you learn to wait your turn. (Cosmopolitan, June 1998)
25 People just love to bash LA. People say it's so pretentious, so arrogant, so this and that. But it's truly a wonderful place. You don't have to go to the places where that stuff goes on. You don't have to go to Beverly Hills, you don't have to go to the parties. You can live up in the Lower Canyon and live such a perfectly healthy, beautiful, fun life with all your friends. You can drive two hours one way and be at the Joshua Tree desert, two hours one way you're skiing at Big Bear. Sure, it can get full-on and that's why it's good to get out. But it's too easy just to say, "Nup, I hate it. I'm not living there anymore." (NW Magazine, March 2000)
26 I'm the worst auditioner, really, really bad. I mean, you're being judged and I'm just so aware of it that it consumes me. I can't relax, I'm tied in knots, so the voice is very taut and tense. You're so aware that you're acting 'cause you're sitting across from this lady with a piece of paper who's going, ''I'm. Going. To. Shoot. You. If. You. Don't. Blah, blah, blah,'' in this emotionless voice. It's foul. I hate it. (EW.com, May 2001)
27 I don't have a technique. I've never been a believer in having one set technique on how to act. There are no rules and there is no rulebook. At the end of the day, it all comes down to my instincts. That's the one thing that guides me through every decision professionally. Socially, also. That's my technique. Yeah, you read through the script 100 times. I guess I have little characteristics about myself. Sometimes, most often than not, once we start shooting I won't look at the script at all until we finished shooting. It's kind of like it's been imprinted in my head during rehearsals. You just let it go. (Reel.com, May 2001)
28 [about the paparazzi] Most of the time you don't even know they're there. Now, that's the scary thing. It's really strange and invading, but I'm still working it all out. I try to not let it bother me. I really try and find the humour in all of it. And if I want to swim naked in my pool, I'm still going to do it. I certainly don't want to feel that I have to change everything in my life that I do to cater to them. I just won't let it happen. (National Post, May 2001)
29 It's a little uncomfortable doing love scenes in armor, but, you know, when the heat's on, the heat's on. (Access Hollywood (1996), August 2000)
30 I prefer to date older women because they don't try to act older like younger girls but because they try to act younger.
31 I only do this because Im having fun. The day I stop having fun, I'll just walk away. I wasn't going to have fun doing a teen movie again.... I don't want to do this for the rest of my life....I don't want to spend the rest of my youth doing this in this industry. There's so much I want to discover. (Vanity Fair, August 2000)

#Trademark
1 His warm smile
2 Known for completely immersing himself in his roles
3 Deep husky voice

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