For the first time since 1987, one of the four acting winners was not present to accept his award: the late Heath Ledger
. He was also the only one of the 20 nominated actors not present at the ceremony. See more
Himself - Winner: Best Picture
Thank you so much to the Academy. As you can see our film was a collaboration between hundreds of people and I'm so happy that so many of them could be with us here tonight to share this moment. Together we've been on an extraordinary, an extraordinary journey. When we started out we had no stars, we had no power or muscle, we didn't have enough money, really, to do what we wanted to do. But what we had was a script that inspired mad love in everyone who read it. We had a genius for a director....