Backstage at the Oscars: My First Time
RT's Jen Yamato gives her first-hand account of what it was like to cover the Academy Awards.
When asked if we had questions for the Ledger family, the entire room answered together in one shout: "YES!" And so the family of the late Heath Ledger --- father Kim, mother Sally, and sister Kate --- came in to discuss his posthumous Oscar win for portraying The Joker in Chris Nolan's The Dark Knight.
Gingerly but with quiet strength, the trio answered inquiries on a range of topics.
Would they take the Oscar home to Australia? (By Academy rule, it belongs to Heath's daughter Matilda, who can claim it when she turns 18.)
How would Heath have reacted to his win? ("I think he would be really quietly pleased," said mother Sally Bell.)
How close is the family to Matilda's mother, actress Michelle Williams? ("Very close," answered Kate Ledger. "She's doing an amazing job with Matilda, and we speak all the time so we're in constant contact and always will be.")
Lastly, Ledger's sister shared what she'd seen of Heath's unfinished film, Terry Gilliam's The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus. "We have seen a little bit of footage," she said. "He only completed about a third of the film. And we've had some incredible actors -- Johnny Depp and Jude Law and Colin Farrell -- step in to complete it. And I think it's going to be...amazing."
"Terry is amazing and Heath always had such enthusiasm and interest in whatever Terry was doing," she concluded.
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