Heath Ledger's Daughter Would Own Posthumous Oscar
Thu, 19 Feb 2009 19:43:43
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Here's a huge hypothetical: If Heath Ledger, the front-runner for the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his take on the Joker in The Dark Knight, actually wins the award, his three-year-old daughter Matilda Rose Ledger would become the eventual owner of the statuette. It would became Matilda's property on October 28, 2023, which would be her 18th birthday. She would take ownership of the Oscar after signing a contract at that time. Because of her current age, the Oscar would be held in trust by her mother, actress and a Best Supporting Actress nominee herself in 2006, Michelle Williams, until Matilda matures.
The decision to award the Oscar to Matilda should her late father win was decided by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The Academy is careful about the future status of Oscars and forbids the sale of Oscars without first offering it back to the Academy for $1, which is the reason why Matilda will need to sign an agreement upon her 18th birthday. It is Academy tradition to award a posthumous statuette to either a living spouse or the eldest child of the recipient. Ledger was not married to Williams and Matilda is Ledger's only child. The Academy discussed these Oscar options with Williams and Ledger's other surviving family members.
In other Oscar news, film historian and columnist Robert Osborne will greet Academy Award presenters and nominees on the red carpet at the Oscar ceremonies on Sunday, February 22. Red carpet arrivals begin at 3 PM PST and conclude by 5 PM PST, when the telecast begins. Osborne will chat with celebs as they walk the red carpet and his conversations will be audible to other arriving guests and the bleacher fans who congregate on the opposite side of the carpet. This is the fourth time Osborne will serve as the red carpet greeter. In addition to writing for The Hollywood Reporter, Osborne is the prime time host of Turner Classic Movies and often hosts Academy events on both coasts. He recently authored a book, 80 Years of the Oscar.
—The ARTISTdirect Staff