Heath Ledger's Dad: Going to the Oscars Is "Bittersweet"

Entertainment Feb. 19, 2009 AT 1:17PM
Heath Ledger Heath Ledger arrives at the premiere of "I'm Not There" on November 13, 2007 in New York City. Credit: Kevin Mazur/WireImage.com

Heath Ledger's dad Kim arrived in L.A. Wednesday ahead of Sunday's Academy Awards. If his son wins best supporting actor for his role as Joker in The Dark Knight, Kim told TMZ.com cameras: "I may say a few words."

See photos from The Dark Knight.

Kim says he's honored by the nomination. "I'm extremely proud," he said, but cautioned: "You can't expect to win something like this. [The Academy] could just as easily turn left, as [it] could go right." But attending the show on his behalf of his son, who died last January at age 28 from an accidental drug overdose, is "bittersweet, obviously," he said.

Look back at Heath Ledger's life.

Kim says his extended family flew in from their native Perth, Australia for the Oscars. "We're all here," he said. While Kim wouldn't comment if Michelle Williams will be at the awards show, he said "of course" daughter Matilda, 3, would be given the statue "down the line."

See touching photos of Heath and his daughter Matilda.

But Kim isn't betting on Heath taking the prize. "You can't take anything for granted," Kim said.

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