411mania: This is not a surprise. A lot of people believe he only won his Oscar because he died but that tragically discounts his great performance. He took The Joker and made him a unique, brilliant character. He was not funny and quirky like Romero's and Nicholson's versions. He was instead ripped out of the pages of comics like Death in the Family, a dangerous psychopath meant only to cause devastation. Ledger turned in the greatest performance in the Batman franchise, bar none.