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Heath Ledger’s Oscar to Go to Daughter Matilda

February 23, 2009

As anticipated, Heath Ledger has won the Oscar for best supporting actor of 2008 for his incredible role of The Joker.

From the Hollywood Reporter:

His posthumous award for his fiercely psychotic performance as the Joker in “The Dark Knight” was accepted by his father, mother and sister. “This award tonight would have humbly validated Heath’s quiet determination to be truly accepted by your here, his peers, in an industry he so loved,” his father, Kim, said.

His mother, Sally Bell, added, “Tonight we are choosing to celebrate and be happy for what he has achieved,” while his sister completed the thought by saying, “we proudly accept this award on behalf of your beautiful (daughter) Matilda.”

Ledger, who died of an accidental overdose on Jan. 22, 2008, became only the second performer to win an Oscar posthumously as he was remembered for his work as the psychotic Joker in “The Dark Knight.”

Ledger follows in the steps of Peter Finch, who was posthumously named best actor more than 30 years ago for his performance in 1976’s “Network.”

Ledger was nominated three years ago as best actor for “Brokeback Mountain,” but lost that race to Philip Seymour Hoffman, who took home the Oscar for “Capote.”

This year, Ledger’s victory had become something of a foregone conclusion as his riveting performance racked up a whole series of awards before the Oscars at the Golden Globes, the SAG Awards and the BAFTAs.

The Academy earlier said that should Ledger win, his Oscar will go to his 3-year-old daughter, Matilda. However, Ledger’s daughter is underage and so cannot sign the legal agreement that the Academy requires all winners or their heirs, promising to sell their Oscar back to the Academy should they decide they no longer want it.

So until Matilda Ledger turns 18, the trophy will be held in trust for her by her mother, actress Michelle Williams.


Heath Ledger Wins Golden Globe For Best Supporting Actor

January 11, 2009

Nearly one year after his death, the late Heath Ledger has won the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor for his role of the Joker in the Batman blockbuster “The Dark Knight.”

Unbelievable portrayal of The Joker in this film. He’s a talent who will be missed!

From the Associated Press:

Ledger, who died last January of an accidental drug overdose, was honored posthumously Sunday as best supporting actor at the 66th annual Golden Globe Awards.

“It’s always beautiful to think of him and remember him,” co-star Aaron Eckhart said on the red carpet before the show.

The crowd rose to its feet as Ledger was named, the first standing ovation of the night inside the glitzy Beverly Hilton ballroom. “Dark Knight” director Christopher Nolan, who accepted the trophy on behalf of Ledger, said the award came with an “awful mixture of sadness but incredible pride” and said that Ledger’s untimely death represented “a hole ripped in the history of cinema.”

“He will be eternally missed, but he will never be forgotten,” Nolan said.

Ledger has long been considered a likely supporting actor Oscar nominee, but his Golden Globes victory increases the likelihood of an Oscar win for Ledger, who’s also been lauded for his “Dark Knight” role from several film critics associations, including the Los Angeles Film Critics Association and the Boston Society of Film Critics. He also won Critics’ Choice and People’s Choice awards for the role, and is nominated for a Screen Actors Guild award.

Balloting for the Oscars closes Monday.

“I’m really happy to see that ‘The Dark Knight’ is making a last-minute run at recognition,” director and Cecil B. Demille Award winner Steven Spielberg said backstage. “I was really happy to see Heath win tonight. I’m looking forward to some more momentum. I think that balances everything out.”