According to US Magazine, Ledger himself also thought the role was worthy of awards.
"The minute Heath started doing make-up and wardrobe tests, we realized it was going to be something really special," Dark Knight producer Emma Thomas recently told Entertainment Weekly. "I remember doing a fitting where he put on that pink nurse's dress and he had the Joker's socks on and it changed the way he moved completely. Right from the beginning, people were talking about this as an Oscar-worthy performance."
This is not Heath Ledger's first Oscar nomination. He was nominated in 2006, for Brokeback Mountain. Ledger's performance as the Joker won the Golden Globe earlier in January and he has been nominated at every major awards show for his Dark Knight character.
USmagazine.com has some touching pictures of Heath Ledger and his family. I am sure those who loved Heath, his friends and family, are especially happy about his Oscar nomination.
But it is still a very sad day. I can't believe it's been one year.