According to a story from WENN.com, Matilda, daughter of the late Heath Ledger, will become the proud owner of her father’s Oscar. Her mother, Ledger’s ex-fiancé Michelle Williams, will act as the Oscar’s custodian until Matilda turns 18, at which point she can take possession of her father’s statuette just as any other winner would.
Giving out posthumous Oscars is “complicated,” says Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences executive director Bruce Davis. “First, we have to decide who gets the job of accepting the award onstage on the night of the ceremony. And then there's the question of the eventual disposition of the posthumous statuette, which may not stay with the person who accepts it.”
The Academy has not announced who will accept the Best Supporting Actor Oscar on Ledger’s behalf.
Also yet-to-be-announced: the winner of the Best Supporting Actor Oscar. I know that Ledger taking it for playing the Joker in The Dark Knight is as close to a sure thing as there’s ever been, but the awards aren’t handed out until Sunday, for Christ’s sake. Could the story about who gets Heath Ledger’s Oscar have waited until Monday, maybe? I’m thrilled to see Heath Ledger win an Oscar, sad as the circumstances are — fuck, I thought he should have won a few years ago for Brokeback Mountain instead of Phillip Seymour Hoffman for Capote — but I can stand it for a few more days until he actually, you know, wins it.
An interesting detail in the WENN story: Oscar winners are required to sign a contract before taking possession of their little gold man barring them from selling it before first offering to sell it back to the Academy for $1. So that’s why those things are so hard to find on eBay. I’ve always wondered about that.