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."