Christopher Nolan's Globes Speech in Honor of Heath Ledger

January 11, 2009

Christopher Nolan at the Golden Globes

For those of you that didn't watch the Golden Globes ceremony tonight (or just want to re-watch this part), we've got one of the best acceptance speeches of the night to share. Heath Ledger posthumously won the Best Supporting Actor award for his work in The Dark Knight and director Christopher Nolan accepted the award in his honor. His speech was heartfelt, touching and inspiring and we're glad to be able to show it to you again already. As always, I love featuring great acceptance speeches, even if they're not funny, and this is certainly one of them worth featuring tonight. So watch it (again) and enjoy!

Watch Christopher Nolan's speech on behalf of Heath Ledger at the Golden Globes:

"Thank you. All of us who worked with Heath on The Dark Knight accept this with an awful mixture of sadness but incredible pride. After Heath passed on, you saw a whole rift in the future of cinema, but with the extraordinary response to his work that we've seen all over the world, I for one started to be able to look a bit less at that gap in the future and a little bit more at the incredible place in the history of cinema that he built for himself with his talent and with his dedication to his artistry. For any of us lucky enough to have worked with him, I think for any of us lucky enough to have enjoyed his performances, he will be eternally missed, but he will never be forgotten. Thank you."

Not that I was expecting anything else, but I'm sure this is definitely a indication of what's to come with the Oscars. I've got a feeling Heath Ledger is going to win Best Supporting Actor there as well. And if the standing ovation here and Christopher Nolan's speech was emotional, just wait until he wins there. My other favorite highlights of the Golden Globes were having Tracy Morgan speak on behalf of "30 Rock" (watch that video) and watching Darren Aronofsky flip off Mickey Rourke during his acceptance speech (watch that video). You can find the full list of winners from the 66th Annual Golden Globe Awards right here.

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Reader Feedback - 28 Comments


Is it just me or did will arnett looked pissed off?

Red Buttons on Jan 11, 2009


A lot of the speeches can be seen at and they are pretty good quality

framo on Jan 11, 2009


Well deserved.

Shane on Jan 11, 2009


Tracy Morgan (for TV's 30 Rock) and Mickey Rourke's acceptance speeches were also very good.

BahHumbug on Jan 11, 2009


Well Deserved.

Richard on Jan 11, 2009


so will the actors nominated for the oscars "act" surprised if ledger wins again? just thinking aloud.........

evilnik on Jan 11, 2009


and was it demi moore who looked so hot .. so hot that it put a smile on my face 🙂

evilnik on Jan 11, 2009


Liked the Heath speech....Liked the Rourke it just me or is tracy morgan midly retarded?

Heckle on Jan 12, 2009


robert downey jr looked a little pissed drunk

OCP on Jan 12, 2009


Well, it's no secret that Robert Downey Jr. did not like The Dark Knight so his reaction isn't that surprising. "Which apparently was not the case with the other big summer movie "The Dark Knight". "My whole thing is that that I saw 'The Dark Knight'. I feel like I'm dumb because I feel like I don't get how many things that are so smart. It's like a Ferrari engine of storytelling and script writing and I'm like, 'That's not my idea of what I want to see in a movie.' I loved 'The Prestige' but didn't understand 'The Dark Knight'. Didn't get it, still can't tell you what happened in the movie, what happened to the character and in the end they need him to be a bad guy. I'm like, 'I get it. This is so high brow and so f--king smart, I clearly need a college education to understand this movie.' You know what? F-ck DC comics. That's all I have to say and that's where I'm really coming from."

John on Jan 12, 2009


although Nolan's speech revolved around the cinematic industry, i was hoping that he would speak more specifically about his personality and talent and less about its affects to history and the future. i was also hoping that Nolan would somehow mention Heath's daughter and give her a personal message.

Matt Suhu on Jan 12, 2009


In the FS transcription underneath the video the words 'After Heath passed on, you saw a whole rift in the future of cinema' should read 'After Heath passed on, you saw a HOLE RIPPED in the future of cinema'. Maybe you have to be an englishman to understand these things.

guybrush on Jan 12, 2009


It was a very weak speech.

Darunia on Jan 12, 2009


Hey John, #10, way to show respect for a guy who passed on leaving a wife and young daughter. Nobody cares about what your opinions are. This guy had more talent in his little toe than anything you will ever accomplish in your whole life. And Nolans speech was well spoken. Take your anger somewhere else.

IhateJohn on Jan 12, 2009


Hey #14, John is quoting Robert Downey Jr.

Sean on Jan 12, 2009


yeah #14 wow read through the sources before ya dis on ppl dude. Honestly, That speech didnt feel as meaningful at all I mean he kept looking down reading on his hand every 5 seconds, Dont know guess I was just hoping for Nolan and the cast to be more heartfelt about it when it just felt so artificial. But he deserved it and thats all that matter really...god whyd he have to do that hed be one of the most demanded actors in hollywood right now goddamn that makes me mad and sad just thinking about it.

Cody on Jan 12, 2009


Just like people have their favorite James Bond actor, I think 10 years from now when they make another Batman movie with the Joker as the villain, the person that plays the role will end up being compared to Heath. And I seriously doubt that actor will be able to match Ledger's performance. The way he portrayed the Joker was scary enough to not be out of place in a horror movie. You could almost visualize those stories he kept telling of how he got the scars.

Mr. Web Based Training on Jan 12, 2009


Joker took the Golden Globe and he will take the Oscar too soon . Rest in Peace .

Kill the Batman on Jan 12, 2009


That was the only reason I was even checking the Golden Globes out. I'm happy. I hope if he gets the Oscar, that they have his family (if they're willing) receive it.

Brian on Jan 12, 2009


seeing as youtube took the video off, i found it here:

crAziemutant on Jan 12, 2009


and to #18. can we please use his name(heath ledger) and not his character name(joker)? thank you.

crAziemutant on Jan 12, 2009


@ 14 EX-wife

Otacon on Jan 12, 2009


It says video has been removed by user

Dan W on Jan 12, 2009


oops disregard first post. didnt see #20

Dan W on Jan 12, 2009


that speech was lame

Allen Sharpe on Jan 13, 2009


YOU suck Darunia-it was great!

tdklives on Jan 13, 2009


I knew Heathy was gonna win, the others didn't stand a chance. I mean, Tom? Robert? They were jokes compared to Ledger, child's play. Did people really think Tom was gonna win? That was ridiculous, anyone can act like an ass like that, but to do what Heathy did isn't easy, he went real deep. You gotta pop a shit load of pills just like he did to perform like him. Now he's on the road to Oscarmania. He's probably gonna win again. The thing that was really funny was the people who didn't show up. I guess GG is not that important. Gabriel B. won and the prick didn't even bother to show up, hilarious how they aimed the cameras at the walls cuz they didn't know what to do since they got nobody to film getting up the freakin' seat to receive the award.

THE FOOL ON THE HILL on Jan 13, 2009


i didn't think Mickey Rourke would ever show up in public again, then there he was, winning big at the Golden Globes

coffee on Jan 14, 2009

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