Heath Ledger's family will accept Oscar if late actor wins
If Heath Ledger wins the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor on Feb. 22, his family will accept the award on his behalf, Dark Knight director Christopher Nolan told EW.com at the DGA Awards Saturday night. Nolan accepted Ledger’s Golden Globe award on Jan. 8, and Ledger’s Dark Knight costar Gary Oldman took the stage on behalf of the young actor at the SAG Awards on Jan. 25. Nolan did not elaborate on which members of Ledger’s family would accept should Ledger win, but previous family statements have been made by Ledger’s father, Kim, mother, Sally, and older sister Kate, and it’s possible all three would step to the front of the Kodak on Oscar night. The last (and only) time an actor has won an Oscar posthumously — Peter Finch as Best Actor for 1976’s Network — the film’s screenwriter Paddy Chayefsky and Finch’s widow Eletha accepted on Finch’s behalf.
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Heath Ledger: The Untold Story
Heath Ledger: A Career Retrospective