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Kim Ledger accepts Heath Ledger's GQ actor of year award

The Daily Telegraph

November 25 2008

WHO said real Aussie men don't cry? Not proud father Kim Ledger who reduced Sydney's usually stoic social set to tears at last night's GQ Men of the Year Awards as he accepted the best actor prize for his late son, Heath.

The Perth-based businessman told of his pride in his "beautiful boy", accepting the award on behalf of "his little one Matilda and our family."

Honoured for his performance as The Joker in The Dark Knight, the late actor's memory outshone other winners, including Hugh Jackman and Baz Lurhmann, who were both in New York for the Australia premiere.

Ledger senior told Confidential his son considered The Joker role as his "best yet."

"He thrived everyday on set, humoured and sometimes intimidated the cast, but revelled in this opportunity to create and deliver a unique character ... and that he did."

Jackman, 40, took the title of People's Choice Man Of The Year, backing up from People magazine's sexiest man alive last week.

Luhrmann won a nod as Creative Force Of The Year.

Almost 20 awards were announced, with other recipients including comedian Wil Anderson, TV presenter Daniel Macpherson, the electronic pop group The Presets, and Bert Newton.

Channel 9's Getaway presenter Jason Dundas, the reigning Cleo bachelor of the year, won the style award.

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