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Heath Ledger's Family Talks About His Oscar Win, Matilda, and Their Son

Heath Ledger's Family Talks About His Oscar Win, Matilda, and Their Son

Heath Ledger's mother, father and sister took the stage tonight during a touching moment at the Oscars. There were tears in everyone's eyes and the applause was huge when they entered the press room. His father, Kim, usually does the talking for the family, but this time it was so sweet to hear from his sister Kate and his mother Sally.

  • Kate on giving the award to Matilda: Obviously it belongs to Matilda, so whatever has to happen in the meantime we haven't discussed it. It will go somewhere secure in the meantime.
  • Kate on knowing this role was special: When he came home for Christmas a year ago he'd been sending me bits and pieces from the film. I hadn't seen the whole thing, he hadn't seen it either. No one had seen it and I said to him, I have a feeling you’re going to get a nomination. He just looked at me and smiled, he knew.
  • Sally on what Heath's reaction would be this award season: I think he would have been quietly pleased. He enjoyed the performance he did. He was very proud. He was never one to be over the top but he would be really quietly pleased to be recognized by the people of his industry.
  • Kate on Matilda knowing about the accolades: Michelle keeps Matilda closeted in a nice way. Matilda won't really know much about the fuss that’s going on. Michelle will make the decisions of when it's appropriate to celebrate this kind of thing. . . We’re very close with Michelle and she's done an amazing job with Matilda. We're in constant contact.
  • Both parents on Matilda being like Heath: Sally: Well I think you just have to look at Matilda to know she's totally like her daddy. She has the same mannerisms. I really feel like he is in her. Kim: She has his boundless energy. Sally: Just watching her enthusiasm and energy, and she looks a bit like him, it's really nice.

More on the film from his family is over on Buzz. It won't be an Oscar moment soon forgotten and Matilda will grow up to learn of her father's incredible journey with The Dark Knight.


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jaan_black jaan_black 8 years
aww, Heath...his family was so humble and sweet ...he should have 2 [oscars] right now b/c he deserved the "Brokeback Mountain" win too imo...once I actually saw the movie, I realized it was really good
joannn joannn 8 years
First time I ever cried watching an awards ceremony. Just knowing he would win, I started tearing the moment his introduction was made.
tiggerchick2 tiggerchick2 8 years
Heath rocked as The Joker and this was a very well deserved award. I know that he was looking down and smiling upon his family as they accepted his award. I cried like a baby all of the way through the announcements of the nominees until the Ledger family left the stage. It was truly a heartfelt moment, especially to see people in the audience tearing up. RIP HEATH
Iris1000 Iris1000 8 years
It would be good if the Academy gave a copy of the statute to both the parents and Matilda. I think the parents should have something.
insi insi 8 years
predictable. it's like grammys always given to people who died that year, because they are gone, not necessarily worth it. i bet if heath was alive, he wouln't have gotten this oscar. but also i thin his daughter would like to have this award
Triel Triel 8 years
It made me all tearful too.. congratz Heath,I know you saw this
LaurAsh988 LaurAsh988 8 years
Oh and I was very happy they gave the Oscar to him. I was almost brought to tears during the speech. I've cried a lot over Heath's death.
LaurAsh988 LaurAsh988 8 years
I love his mom "she looks a bit like him" The child is a dead ringer for her father. A beautiful child. A lovely family.
PensaGrey PensaGrey 8 years
I'm glad they gave it to Heath...but it made me sad he's not still here.
albamar albamar 8 years
so mad that sean penn won the oscar .. that i stop watching the oscars ..
La-Tua-Cantante La-Tua-Cantante 8 years
Congrats to the family. I'm glad to hear that they are close with Michelle
silly3 silly3 8 years
Such a lovely family. Congrats to them
iloverobpattz iloverobpattz 8 years
I was just amazed at Angelina's face when Heath's family were giving the speech! ..and it was a well deserved oscar for heath!
starangel82 starangel82 8 years
"She looks a bit like him" She looks a lot like him! And I thought it was very touching.
Louie Louie 8 years
Brought tears to my eyes too, nygurl. Actually, I cried like a baby!
nygurl nygurl 8 years
Brought tears to my eyes. Congratulations Heath.
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