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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.

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.