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Published: Thursday, 1/22/2009

Ledger earns Oscar nom as Joker in Dark Knight


BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. Heath Ledger has earned an Academy Awards nomination on the one-year anniversary of his death.

Ledger is among supporting-actor nominees for his last completed role, as the diabolical villain the Joker in the Batman blockbuster The Dark Knight.

Other supporting-actor nominees are:

Josh Brolin, Milk ; Robert Downey Jr., Tropic Thunder ; Philip Seymour Hoffman, Doubt ; Michael Shannon, Revolutionary Road.

Ledger has been considered a likely Oscar nominee virtually since his death a year ago from an accidental overdose of prescription drugs. The actor s honors this awards season include the supporting-actor Golden Globe.

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