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From the Press Room: The Ledgers Talk About Heath's Win

From the Press Room: The Ledgers Talk About Heath's Win


There was a bittersweet moment in the press room just now as Heath Ledger's mother, father, and sister spoke about his work, his win, and his life — including his little girl Matilda. Here are some other bits and pieces from the brief Q&A:

Heath's sister, Kate: "When he came home from Christmas a year ago, he'd been sending me shots and bits and pieces from [The Dark Knight] . . . I said, 'This is it for you, you're going to get a nomination.' And he just looked at me and smiled. So, he knew."

Kate, on what will happen with the Oscar statuette: "Well, obviously it belongs to Matilda, so whatever has to happen in the meantime, we don't know, we haven't discussed it . . . Obviously, it'll end up with Matilda."

Heath's mother, on hearing Heath's name announced: "We were overwhelmed because nothing is a sure thing . . . We were really relieved and excited and really overwhelmed and it was fantastic, we're very excited."

Heath's mother on what Heath might have thought of all this: "I think he would have been quietly pleased because he was . . . very proud of what he did. I think he would have been very quietly pleased that it's getting recognized by his peers in the industry."

Heath's father, on raising an Oscar-winner: "Kate was the actor originally, but I guess Heath was ever the clown . . . The one thing that stuck out in our minds is that he was extremely talented in a lot of areas . . . it always worried me as a parent — 'Heath you have to find something you're good at and stick to it.'"

Heath's mother, on his final performance in director Terry Gilliam's The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus: "We've seen a little bit of footage. He only completed about a third of the film, and then we've had some incredible actors . . . step in to complete it. I think it's going to be amazing. Terry's amazing and Heath always had such interest and enthusiasm in what Terry was doing."

Source and image of the Ledgers at the Oscars copyright 2009 ABC, Inc.

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Liss1 Liss1 6 years
I thought their speech was really nice. I was trying not to cry the whole time and it looked like a lot of people in the audience were the same way
Ginger Ginger 6 years
It was really touching seeing his family. But the finality of it must be so sad, being the last of the big awards for his final complete performance. There was Oscar buzz since about this before he died, and all through the other awards, and now it's over. Albeit the interest in Doctor Parnassus will probably exceed all previous Gilliam films.
KristinDaBomb KristinDaBomb 6 years
I thought it was kind of insulting to not mention Michelle or even Jake. They both were a big part of his life.
starangel82 starangel82 6 years
I don't know how they held it together. I would have been crying like crazy if I was accepting for my family member.
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