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.