Heath Ledger's 10-year-old daughter Matilda Ledger will finally inherit the Best Supporting Actor Oscar her father received posthumously in 2009 after it was removed from public display in the Western Australian Museum in Perth.
Ledger's father Kim spoke to The Hollywood Reporter about the night he collected the posthumous award for his son following Heath's accidental drug overdose in 2008. He explained:
"Bittersweet is probably the best way I can describe that night. It was only a year and a month since his passing. We hadn’t got our heads around the tragedy of losing him, but at the same time, he was receiving such accolades for what he knew was his best work."
You can watch the emotional moment when the Ledger family accepted Heath's award onstage in the video below:
The Oscar has been on public display in Perth — where Heath was born and grew up, and where his mother and sister still reside — since it was collected, but Kim wanted to make it clear that one day it will belong to Matilda, Ledger's daughter with Michelle Williams, who was just two years old when her father died. Kim spoke to People magazine and said:
“Michelle is aware the Oscar remains secured with the museum. At the end of the day, everything is there for Matilda, and when she can take possession of it, it’s all hers.”
Although Ledger and Williams split before his death, Kim also brought tears to our eyes when he explained that:
"One way or another, we are always in contact with our New York girls."
Although it's awesome that so many Dark Knight fans have been able to lay their eyes on this seminal moment in superhero movie history, it's great to know that Matilda will have something of importance to remember her father and his achievements by.
One thing's for sure, nobody deserves it more than Matilda does.