Heath Ledger became only the second "actor" to posthumously win an Academy Award for his bravura performance as the Joker in "The Dark Knight". The late Peter Finch also received a Best Actor Oscar posthumously for the film "Network" in 1976. Ledger's win for Best Supporting Actor was the fifteenth such Oscar to be awarded overall to persons that have passed away prior to their win.
Additionally, Christopher Nolan's Batman saga crossed the $1 billion mark in worldwide revenues on Friday, having accumulated a $1,001,082,160 billion gross to date.
With two Oscar wins to its credit for supporting actor (Heath Ledger) and sound editing, The Dark Knight ranks as the fourth highest worldwide grosser of all time, before adjusting for inflation. "Titanic" is tops with more than $1.8 billion.