January 13, 2009 / 1:06 AM / 10 years ago

Ledger's Globe expected to go to daughter Matilda

SYDNEY (Reuters) - The emotional parents of the late Heath Ledger welcomed his best supporting actor Golden Globe with bittersweet pride, and the actor’s mother said the award was likely to be given to his daughter Matilda.

Actor Heath Ledger arrives at the premiere of the film "Candy" in New York November 6, 2006. REUTERS/Eric Thayer

Ledger’s father, Kim, told Australian media that he felt “elated, fantastic” as he watched Monday’s awards ceremony from his home in Perth, Australia.

“Absolutely fantastic, bittersweet but feeling great,” Kim Ledger said.

“A standing ovation breaks you up,” he said, referring to the ovation Ledger’s win received from the star-studded audience. “That really goes to the heart, you know.”

In an interview with People magazine, Ledger’s mother, Sally Bell, also said the family was “bursting with pride” over the critical recognition of her son’s performance as the Joker in Batman thriller “The Dark Knight.”

“I should imagine that eventually it will be going to Matilda,” Bell said of the award. “At this stage she is only so young, but down the track she will have all these things. It will belong to her because she is part of him.”

“The Dark Knight” was released several months after Ledger’s death in January 2008 of an accidental prescription drugs overdose.

The movie has garnered Ledger, 28, not only the Golden Globe but also won a Critics Choice Award, a Screen Actors Guild nomination, and he is widely expected to receive an Oscar nomination next week.

The Golden Globe was accepted in Beverly Hills on Sunday by “Dark Knight” director Christopher Nolan.

“It is such a fantastic and wonderful legacy for his daughter. Matilda will have so many people who will be able to speak to her about her father’s abilities and respect he had in the industry. That is such a wonderful legacy to leave,” Bell told People.

Matilda, 3, is the daughter of Ledger and actress Michelle Williams. The couple separated a few months before Ledger’s death and Matilda is being raised by Williams.

Ledger’s mother said the recognition for Ledger has been an emotional rollercoaster for the family.

“There is a lot of emotion tied up in this and we have to deal with that emotion first before we can relax and enjoy the moment, if you know what I mean,” she said.

Reporting by Jill Serjeant and Miral Fahmy, editing by Sugita Katyal

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