Heath Ledger 'could win an Oscar for Joker'
The Australian actor was found dead after overdosing on prescription drugs on January 22nd at just 28 years of age.
However, his role at Batman's nemesis has won praise from many critics, several of whom think it is deserving of an Academy Award.
Rolling Stone critic Peter Travers said: "I can only speak superlatives of Heath, who is mad-crazy-blazing brilliant as the Joker.
"It's typical of Heath's total commitment to films as diverse as Brokeback Mountain and I'm Not There that he does nothing out of vanity or the need to be liked.
"Heath's Joker has no grey areas - he's all rampaging id. He creates a Joker for the ages."
Peter Finch was the last actor to win an Oscar after his death, for his role in 1975's Network.
The Dark Knight director Christopher Nolan has likened Ledger's menacing portrayal of The Joker to the shark in Jaws.
Titles related to this article