Heath Ledger's Sister Accepts Oscar On Behalf Of Matilda


(In the above pic, from left, are Heath’s mother Sally Bell, father Kim Ledger, and sister Kate Ledger arriving at the 81st Academy Awards)

Heath Ledger won the Oscar for best supporting actor for his role as the Joker in The Dark Knight at Sunday’s Academy Awards.
His father, Kim Ledger; mother, Sally Bell, and sister, Kate Ledger, accepted the award on his behalf.
“I have to say this is ever so humbling, being amongst such wonderful people,” Kim said. “I’d like to thank the Academy for recognizing our son’s amazing work.” He also thanked Knight director Christopher Nolan for allowing Heath “the creative license to develop and explore this crazy Joker character,” as well as Ledger’s longtime pal and agent, Steve Alexander.
Added Kim, “This award tonight would have humbly validated Heath’s quiet determination to be truly accepted by you all here, his peers, within an industry he so loved.”

His mother Sally Bell went on to say that Heath, who died a year ago at age 28 of a prescription drug overdose, was “such a compassionate and generous soul” who added so much to people’s lives.

She added, “Tonight, we are choosing to celebrate and be happy with what he has achieved.”

His sister Kate told the audience that Heath had talked about attending the Oscars for the Joker before his untimely death.

She said, “We proudly accept this award on behalf of your beautiful daughter Matilda.”



  1. laila #1 says

    #2 you said it well His family made a beautiful acceptance speech, there wasn’t a dry eye in the room.

  2. Lurker says

    I was so glad to see him win..and it was really cool the way that they said it was for Matilda.
    It was just a classy acceptance speech–just sad it had to come after Heath was gone.
    I don’t care what anyone says–he did a fabulous job in Dark Knight, be it when he was alive or after he’d passed.

    I really hope his daughter will be able to appreciate it as she gets older.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.