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Footage shows Goldie Hawn choking up announcing Heath Ledger as BAFTA winner after he died

Footage shows Goldie Hawn choking up announcing Heath Ledger as BAFTA winner after he died

The recently resurfaced footage shows several celebrities feeling emotional

Footage has resurfaced from the 2009 BAFTAs, showing Goldie Hawn choke up while announcing that Heath Ledger had won following his death.

The video shows the emotional reactions of several actors, and features a heartfelt speech from Charles Roven.

Heath Ledger tragically passed away on 22 January 2008 due to an overdose of prescription drugs while The Dark Knight was in its latter production stages.

Ledger had previously been nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role at the BAFTAs in 2006 for his role in Brokeback Mountain, losing out to Philip Seymour Hoffman for Capote.

The Australian actor was then up for the award of Best Supporting Actor at the BAFTAs in 2009 for his role as The Joker in The Dark Knight against the likes of Brad Pitt for Burn Before Reading, and Robert Downey Jr. for Tropic Thunder.

Since The Dark Knight was released, the commitment and execution that Ledger put towards the Joker role has been lauded, and it has been regarded as the all-time best portrayal of the DC villain.

Goldie Hawn got all choked up when announcing that Heath Ledger had won the BAFTA for best supporting actor.

Academy Award winning actress Goldie Hawn announced the winner of the Best Supporting Actor category to be Heath Ledger, but was audibly choked up while saying his name, apologising after steadying herself.

She then announced that Charles Roven would pick up the award, and the producer paid his respects: "Knowing Heath, I know that he would be very humbled just to be in the company of the other performances that were also nominated this evening.

"I had the good fortune of making two films with Heath and I considered myself lucky just to have made one. The last one was The Dark Knight." Roven emotionally continued.

He concluded: "He was, as an actor and a professional and a human being, one of a kind."

Celebrities like Robert Downey Jr. were left emotional at the Australian actor posthumously winning the award.

The camera panned to other celebrities and Ledger's fellow nominees throughout the speech, with not a dry eye in the house.

Terry Gilliam was the actor on a film that Ledger was working on prior to his death, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus.

Gilliam shared: "Everybody has said he was extraordinary, but we can't even begin to image what he was going to be."

He insisted that we only saw the 'tiny tip of the iceberg' with him and called his death an 'incredibly tragedy.

The director called him a 'genius' and that 'there was nothing he couldn't do, while acknowledging that we was 'one of the greatest gentlemen' he had known.

Ledger also posthumously won an Oscar and a Golden Globe for his role as The Joker in The Dark Knight.

Featured Image Credit: BBC

Topics: Heath Ledger, BAFTAs, Joker, TV and Film, Celebrity