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If Heath Ledger wins the best supporting actor at Sunday's Academy Awards, his daughter Matilda will become the owner of the Oscar statuette. Ledger's daughter, 3-year-old Matilda Rose Ledger, can't really own the Oscar until her 18th birthday!
Ledger's nomination, combined with Matilda's age has created one of the trickiest situations the academy has dealt with in 80 years of awarding posthumous Oscars.
Oscars are traditionally given to the winner’s spouse or oldest child if the winner is deceased. Since Ledger was not married to Michelle Williams, and the 3-year-old Matilda is legally ineligible to sign the contract the academy mandates for all Oscar winners, the award will be given to Michelle Williams, in trust for Matilda until she turns 18.
It is not known at this point who will accept the award for Ledger if he wins. But it won't really be Matilda's Oscar until her 18th birthday on Oct. 28, 2023 — and even then, only if she signs a contract.
Pretty wild situation, don't you think? I really hope Heath Ledger wins, don't you?