Ledger family 'had a feeling'


Shortly before he died, Heath Ledger had an inkling that he might receive Oscar recognition for his performance as the Joker in "The Dark Knight." "When he came home for Christmas a year ago, he had been sending me shots and bits of pieces from the film," sister Kate Ledger said. "I said to him, 'I have a feeling this is it for you; you're going to get a nomination for this from the Academy.' And he just looked at me and smiled. So he knew." The family said the Oscar statuette will be held in trust in the U.S. or Australia before being given to Heath's daughter, Matilda, when she turns 18. That daughter, family members said, reminds them of her father every day. "You just have to look at Matilda to know she's totally like her daddy: She has the same mannerisms," Ledger's mother, Sally Bell, said. "It's a delight to know she's full of the same enthusiasm and energy." Ledger's parents said their son showed signs of precociousness in a way that evoked mixed feelings. "Heath was always watching films and playing the fool and horsing around," said his father, Kim Ledger. "He was very intelligent in a lot of ways, and it always worried me as a parent because you've got to find something you're good at and stick to it because you might have to make a buck one day."