Oscar Nom for Heath Ledger on Anniversary of Death

Bittersweet is certainly a way to characterize today, for both the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as well as for friends and family of the late Heath Ledger.

One year ago, a 26-year-old Ledger was discovered dead in his SoHo apartment from a fatal combination of prescription drugs and over-the-counter cold medicine.

A year later, to the day, Ledger has been honored by the Academy with a nomination for his role in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight. His portrayal of the devious Joker catapulted Heath into global icon status—albeit posthumously.

Earlier this month, Ledger received a Golden Globe for his turn beside Christian Bale and Aaron Eckhart. Director Nolan accepted the Globe on his actor’s behalf.

Ledger is survived by former partner Michelle Williams and their daughter, 3-year-old Matilda Rose.