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
[his acceptance speech
You commie, homo-loving sons of guns! I did not expect this, but I, and I want it to be very clear that I do know how hard I make it to appreciate me, often. But I am touched by the appreciation and I hoped for it enough that I did want to scribble down so I had the names, in case you were commie, homo-loving sons-of-guns. And so I want to thank my best friend, Sata Matsuzawa*. My circle of long-time support: Mara, Bryan, Barry and Bob. The great Cleve Jones. Our ...