Hugh Jackman praying for an Oscar to Ledger

Last Updated: Tue, Feb 17, 2009 06:13 hrs

Oscars host Hugh Jackman is praying late Australian actor Heath Ledger walks away with a posthumous Academy Award because the honour would be "fitting" to the star's memory.

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Ledger, who died from an accidental drug overdose in January 2008, achieved huge critical acclaim for his turn as The Joker in Batman movie The Dark Knight.

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He was honoured with the Best Supporting Actor trophy at last month's Golden Globes and won the same prize at the BAFTA awards earlier this month.

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Ledger is anticipated to land a posthumous Oscar for his portrayal of the comic book villain and Jackman insists he would love his late fellow countryman to get the honour, reports

"I can't hide the fact that I would really love for that honour to be bestowed upon him. It would be fitting and I think he deserves it," he said.

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