I wouldn’t call myself an awards show “junkie” but I certainly make time for the Oscars. After all, I am a bit of a movie junkie, so I like to see all of the awards handed out to some of the years best movies and performances. I think you know by know if you’ve heard me talk about this on the show that Heath Ledger’s performance in The Dark Knight is one of the most amazing performances by an actor I’ve ever seen. That being said, I’ll be rooting for him to win the award for best supporting actor. The question has been, “so if he wins, where does the oscar go?” I Came across this earlier today and found it interesting:
Academy tradition calls for a posthumous statuette to go to the spouse, or, if there is no living spouse, to the oldest child. Ledger wasn’t married, and Matilda is his only child.
Yet because she is only 3, Matilda is legally unable to sign the winner’s agreement – a contract required of all nominees that says the recipient will not resell his or her Oscar without first offering it back to the academy for $1.
After conversations with Williams and with Ledger’s family in Australia, the academy hit on a solution: “In the event that Heath Ledger should be selected as the supporting actor recipient, the statuette will be held in trust for his daughter by her mother, Michelle Williams, until Matilda reaches the age of 18,” says Bruce Davis, executive director of the academy.
Well, there you have it! Oh, and if you like to follow along at home, check this out – it’s pretty neat interactive way to play along at home. Word of advice? Check off Slumdog Millionaire wherever you can – oddmakers say that’s a good bet
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