Just as I was finishing entering the Oscar post below, the news broke that Heath Ledger was found dead in his Manhattan apartment.
I interviewed Ledger at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2005, when Brokeback Mountain was shown there. He was a little nervous about the movie and how audiences would receive it - it was the first time it was being shown to an audience in North America - but he was also immensely proud of it and happy with his work.
Ledger struck me as an easy-going, low-maintenance, in-it-for-the-work type of actor. He was also extremely gifted and seemed to still be in the process of discovering the depth of his own talents. I had been really looking forward to his turn as the Joker in The Dark Knight this summer. Now, watching the movie is going to be a melancholy experience.