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.