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.
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.
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.