The Associated Press reports of what the academy has to deal with if Ledger’s the winner of this year’s Supporting male lead category.
“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.”
To accept the Oscar one has to sign a winner’s agreement. That agreement says that a person will not resell the statue without first offering it back to the Academy for a dollar. Matilda Ledger at three can not sign that document. Her mother, Michelle Williams also can’t sign the document in her behalf because it would obligate Matilda to the agreement without her consent.
After discussions with the Ledger family and Michelle Williams an agreement has been reached that for the time period will take care of the problem. If Ledger wins the statue will go to Matilda under her mother’s trust. Williams will sign the document that will end in 15 years and be the legal custodian of the Oscar. If in 15 years Matilda refuses to sign the document the statue will be returned to the Academy at no cost.
As for who will make the acceptance speech? That one is a guarded answer that will come if Ledger wins on Sunday night. That secret and more will be broadcast as they happen Sunday night on Digital Journal.