Congratulations, Heath, you did it!

There’s always that little blurb during the Academy Awards where they show the montage of actors that have passed away during the last year but last night, there was a moment of remembrance that was particularly emotional. Perhaps we all expected it as it was greatly anticipated that Heath Ledger was not only nominated for Best Supporting Actor for his role in The Dark Knight but I think we all expected him to win it too. I was a skeptic before I saw the movie but after seeing the film for myself, there truly was no doubt that the award belonged to Heath. He did win, to a standing ovation no less, and there to accept his award were his mom, dad and sister. Their speech was especially moving as they made it known what the award would have meant to Heath, and that it would be going to Heath’s daughter, Matilda. From Extra,

“The actor’s father, mother and sister accepted the award to a standing ovation from his peers. “This award tonight would have humbly validated Heath’s quiet determination to be truly accepted by all you here tonight, his peers within an industry he so loved,” Heath’s father, Kim, said in a quiet and deliberate voice.

His sister Kate added that the golden statuette would go to “your beautiful Matilda.” Backstage, Kate revealed to AP that Heath had sent her “bits and pieces” of the unfinished “Dark Knight” before his death — and that she knew he’d take home an Oscar. “I said, `I have a feeling, this is it for you … You’re going to get a nomination from the Academy,'” Kate said. “He just looked at me and smiled.”

We’ll miss you forever, Heath. Congratulations!

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