For the first time since 1987, one of the four acting winners was not present to accept his award: the late Heath Ledger
. He was also the only one of the 20 nominated actors not present at the ceremony. See more
Danny Boyle - Winner: Best Director
My kids are too old to remember this now, but when they were much younger I swore to them that if this miracle ever happened that I would receive it in the spirit of "Tigger" from "Winnie-the-Pooh," and that's what that was. You have been so generous to us this evening and I wanted to thank you for that and also for an extraordinary, what a beautiful show you've done. I don't know what it looks like on television, everybody, but in the room it's bloody wonderful, really. So, well done, everyone...