Heath Ledger

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According to Heath Ledger's dad, the actor's turn as the Joker was one of his brightest moments—not one of his darkest, as so many speculated after his death last January.

"He just loved it," Kim Ledger told Perth's Channel 9 in response to his son's postumous Golden Globe win for Best Supporting Actor for his riveting performance in The Dark Knight.

"People have said that it's a dark piece and that brought him down but that just didn't occur. The Heath juggernaut is just rolling on, I just wish he was here while it was rolling on."

But since Ledger is not here to see what accolades his performance wrought, the speculation has begun as to what he would have said, how he might have felt and where his trophies are going to go.

His mom Sally Bell, for one, figures Ledger's daughter Matilda will be the keeper of her daddy's hardware one way.

"I should imagine that eventually [the Globe] will be going to Matilda," Bell tells People. "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."

Heath Ledger, Matilda Ledger

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"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 [the] respect he had in the industry. That is such a wonderful legacy to leave."

Dark Knight director Christopher Nolan said as much when he accepted the Golden Globe on Heath's behalf at Sunday's ceremony.

"After Heath passed on, you saw a hole ripped in the future of cinema," Nolan said. "But with the extraordinary response to his work that we've seen all over the world, I, for one, start to be able to look a bit less at that gap in the future, and a little bit more at the incredible place in the history of cinema that he built for himelf with his talent and dedication to his artistry."

Kim Ledger said he thinks Heath "would have been running from the media" right about now, "but he would have been very proud."

And with all the momentum behind Ledger as awards season heads into its glitziest and most prestigious stretch, someone might want make sure Matilda leaves room for an Oscar in her room, as well.

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