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Heath Ledger’s Oscar Will Go To Matilda!!


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If Heath Ledger is named best supporting actor at Sunday’s Academy Awards ceremony, his daughter, 3-year-oldMatilda Rose Ledger, will become the owner of the Oscar statuette, should he win for his portrait of the Joker in “The Dark Knight”

Heath Ledger died of an accidental overdose of prescription drugs last year at the age of 28.

Heath’s nomination, and his daughter’s young age, led to one of the trickiest situations the academy has dealt with in its eight decades of awarding posthumous Oscars.

According to the Huffington Post,

“It’s complicated, because there are two different questions that have to be answered,” says Bruce Davis, executive director of the academy. “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.”

Academy tradition calls for a posthumous statuette to go to the spouse, or, if there is no living spouse, to the oldest child. Heath and Michelle were not married – they weren’t even together at the time of Heath’s death – and Matilda is his only child.

The whole thing is so sad and unfortunate. I’m glad Matilda will receive the award – yet it is so unfortunate that Heath Ledger passed away at such a young age.

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Academy Award Nominations Announced Today

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The Acamedy Award nominations were announced this AM. This should have been up this morning but the day has gone way too fast to achieve my goal of getting the articles out on a timely basis. Sorry about that!!

This year’s most nominated film was “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” with 13 nominations and Meryl Streep extended her lead as the most nominated performer with her 15th nomination.

As always, there were a couple of surprises associated with the nominations. Kate Winslet, who won two Golden Globes this year, was expected to receive two Oscar nods. She was only given one for Best Actress for “The Reader” and not “Revolutionary Road”. Heath Ledger’s, “The Dark Knight” was expected to be nominated for best film but was passed over. In the past, the Golden Globe Awards was a good indicator of who was going to be nominated for the Oscars but I guess this may no longer be the case.

Here are some of the nominations:

Performance by an actor in a leading role

Richard Jenkins in “The Visitor”
Frank Langella in “Frost/Nixon”
Sean Penn in “Milk”
Brad Pitt in “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
Mickey Rourke in “The Wrestler”
Performance by an actor in a supporting role
Josh Brolin in “Milk”
Robert Downey Jr. in “Tropic Thunder”
Philip Seymour Hoffman in “Doubt”
Heath Ledger in “The Dark Knight”
Michael Shannon in “Revolutionary Road”
Performance by an actress in a leading role
Anne Hathaway in “Rachel Getting Married”
Angelina Jolie in “Changeling”
Melissa Leo in “Frozen River”
Meryl Streep in “Doubt”
Kate Winslet in “The Reader”
Performance by an actress in a supporting role
Amy Adams in “Doubt”
Penélope Cruz in “Vicky Cristina Barcelona”
Viola Davis in “Doubt”
Taraji P. Henson in “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
Marisa Tomei in “The Wrestler”

For a complete list of the nominations for the Academy Awards click here.

Heath Ledger, Gone But Not Forgotten

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It has been a year since the tragic and untimely death of Heath Ledger.  He was found dead at 28 from an accidental  overdose in his SoHo apartment January 22, 2008.  The year anniversary of his passing also coincides with the announcement of the nominations for the 2009  Academy Awards, for which Heath is predicted to be nominated for best supporting actor for his wicked portrayal as the Joker in The Dark Knight.

Earlier this month during the Golden Globe Awards he was honored posthumously for his role in The Dark Knight.

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“We are overjoyed for him,” his father Kim Ledger told PEOPLE of his son’s win for best supporting actor in a drama.

His brilliant career was cut short but his contributions continue to be honored.

Golden Globe Highlights

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Rather than providing a list of all of the winners for the Golden Globe Awards, I have decided to go with a summary of the evening and some highlights. Of course – I will provide a link to the winners for anyone that may be interested.

Jennifer Lopez, who looked fabulous in her very revealing gold gown, arrived with Marc Lopez but once again no wedding ring on her finger. Of course – this peaks the our interest since this is supposed to be a “sign” that their marriage is not doing well. Now we are all just confused – are they at the breaking point or not??

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie were both shut out and neither received the new Golden Globe – but on the positive side – they have each other. What more could you ask for??  That is an award in itself.

Heath Ledger won a Golden Globe for best supporting actor for his role as the Joker in the Dark Knight. He also expected to receive an Oscar nomination on January 22nd, – the 1st anniversary of his untimely death.

Some of the funnier moments included a speech by Tina Fey who stated,

“If you ever start to feel too good about yourself, they have this thing called the Internet. You can find a lot of people who don’t like you.” She then listed several screen names of her online critics and told them each to “suck it.”

Gotta love it. Thankfully, I only have good things to say about Tina.

One of the more embarrassing moments had to be for Rumer Willis. Her mom, DemiMoore was nice enough to reprimand her in front of millions. Demi told Rumor,

“Ru, I’m very proud of you and I love you. And don’t hunch. Shoulders back!”

Ouch!!

As promised, here is a link to all of the Golden Globe winners

 
 
 

 

The People Have Spoken!!

The people have truly spoken.  Last night was the 35th annual People’s Choice Awards.

The ceremony was hosted by Queen Latifah, who co-starred in The Secret Life of Bees, which won favorite movie drama and independent movie honors.

 This year there was a slight twist – since it is the 35th birthday for both People Magazine and the People’s Choice Awards a new award was given to mark the occassion –  The favorite star under 35 .  And the winner was……….  Carrie Underwood.

Carrie also collected awards for her music, including favorite country song (“Last Name”) and favorite country singer.  She also performed her emotional ballad “I Know You Won’t” at the top of the show.

To no one’s surprise, The Dark Knight and Heath Ledger stole the night.  The action film claimed Favorite Superhero, Favorite Movie, Favorite Onscreen Match-Up, Favorite Action Movie and Favorite Cast at the climax of the event.

Batman Christian Bale and co-star Aaron Eckhart and director Christopher Nolan were given a lengthy standing ovation as they took to the stage at the Shrine Auditorium, and then Bale remembered his Joker, Heath Ledger, in his brief acceptance speech.

He said, “Here’s to Heath,” as he raised one of the awards the cast and crew were presented with to the heavens.
The Dark Knight was the last film Ledger completed before his tragic death a year ago (Jan08).

 

Here are some of the other FAVORITES for the night:

Male Movie Star:    Will Smith

Leading Man:   Brad Pitt

Male Action Star:  Will Smith

Female Movie Star: Reese Witherspoon

Leading Lady: Reese Witherspoon

Female Action Star: Angelina Jolie

Television:

Favorite Talk Show Host:  Ellen DeGeneres

Favorite Drama:   House

Male Star:  Hugh Laurie

Female Star:  Christina Applegate

Funny Female TV Star:  Tina Fey

Music:

Male Singer:  Chris Brown

Female Singer:  Carrie Underwood

Group:  Rascal Flatts

 

The people have spoken. 

 

Michelle Williams Tells All…from Heath, to Paparazzi to Matilda

had a heartfelt interview with Newsweek Magazine where she speaks about Heath Ledger, her ex-boyfriend and father to her daughter, Matilda and the paparazzi.

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Michelle Williams has been all over the tabloids since her ex-boyfriend Heath Ledger died from a prescription overdose last January.   Photographers have stalked Michelle and her 3-year-old daughter, Matilda, to the point where she’s now spending some time in a farmhouse in upstate New York just to escape.

Michelle still finds it difficult to talk about Heath Ledger.  The first time Ledger’s name comes up, she bursts into tears.  Here’s some of what Michelle had to say in her Newsweek Interview.

 “It’s so sad,” 

When she’s asked about how she’s been doing in the past year, she says

“I guess it’s always changing.  What else can I say?  I just wake up each day in a slightly different place—grief is like a moving river, so that’s what I mean by ‘it’s always changing’.  It’s a strange thing to say because I’m at heart an optimistic person, but I would say in some ways it just gets worse. It’s just that the more time that passes, the more you miss someone. In some ways it gets worse. That’s what I would say.”

As for the paparazzi – Michelle said that if they won’t leave her alone she may just have to leave them behind. She says she’ll quit acting, if that’s what it takes to get her life back.

As for her daughter, Matilda, the love of her life.  For now, Williams is taking a year off to focus on being Matilda’s mom.

When everything is said and done – that’s all that really matters.  Matilda.